The Fall of the Krays Movie Info:.
Simon Cotton as Ronnie Kray and Kevin Leslie as Reggie Kray , picks up the story of the infamous Firm as the sanity of the two brothers bring uncertainties to the there business plans . now with their empire in place, the brothers must now fight to keep hold of both as the obsession of one police officer becomes undeceived by the dangerous state of mind for Reggie and Ronnie respectively.
Director:. Zackary Adler.
Writers:. Ken Brown. Sebastian Brown.
Stars:. Simon Cotton. George Webster. Kevin Leslie.
2015 saw something of a Krays craze. Amid the brouhaha surrounding the Tom Hardy double act that was Brian Helgeland’s Legend, a plucky contender sought to muscle in on the red carpet turf of its glitzy, all conquering adversary. Everyone loves an underdog story but sadly there would be no fairytale victory for the lightweight B-movie challenger. Evidently working from a shoestring budget compared with his fellow American director, Zackary Adler brought The Rise of the Krays to the big screen – and DVD bargain bin shortly thereafter. Admirable in its attempt to present the murkier side of London in the 1960s, the film was problematic on a number of levels, not least the complete contrast in appearance of leading men Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie. It charted the not-so-identical twins’ transition from small time, aggressive ne’er-do-wells to London underworld kingpins through bloody violence, fruity language and plenty of Brylcream.
In time honoured fashion, what goes up must come down and in The Fall of the Krays (2016) the East End brothers’ criminal activity and personal lives take a sharp left towards the decidedly pear-shaped. Although the production values have been improved and the finished article of Adler’s part II looks crisper than the first instalment it’s a laborious, poorly crafted and overly long account of well known material. We pick up where ‘The Rise’ left off. Reggie (Leslie), the lesser of two evils, is to marry his blushing bride. Ron (Cotton) is up to old tricks pressing red hot pokers into some poor undeserving sod’s face just for the hell of it. It’s well documented that Ronnie Kray was a total nutcase and Cotton’s turn is so over the top that any desired air of menace is alternately laughable and exasperating, never convincing. Were it not for the cussing and violence, he’d fit in well as a pantomime villain.