british-gangster

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Actor: Tom Hardy

“Edward Thomas “Tom” Hardy is an English actor. He made his debut in the war film Black Hawk Down”

Latest Project: Legend

A film about Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1950s and 1960s.

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The Sweeney (#105)

I’m on a bit of a mini-goal to watch all the London gangster flicks I can, so in addition to having Ben Drew in this (BECAUSE I LOVE HIM), I had to check it out. It’s good. Familiar glossy-blue-London-visuals, certainly, and it drags in chunks (especially the action sequences, bizarrely), but overall it worked for me. Ray WInstone is, of course, brilliant, and Drew brings a terrifically strong supporting performance that matches Winstone. Fundamentally, the film suffers from a surplus of characters (DCI Frank Haskins and Alan Ford in particular blend together as far as function) - probably a holdover from it being a TV series - and this makes it difficult to track, but Winstone and Drew as well as Hayley Atwell and the briefly popping up Allen Leech are so engaging that it wasn’t a waste of time.