The Rise of the Krays (2015) Simon Cotton, Kevin Leslie, Olivia Moyles, Nicola Stapleton Movie Review

The Rise of the Krays (2015)   2/52/52/52/52/5

The Rise of the Krays (2015)

No Kray

I won't bother with a synopsis, partly because I don't think a move about The Kray twins needs one but also because I don't have it in me to waste my time and yours on this movie. The reason why is that this retelling of how Ronnie and Reggie came to be notorious seems less interested in telling their story but delivering scenes of violence as we see and hear how vicious they could be, not only dishing out beatings themselves but inciting others to do the same. And we also see how they became the bane of life for a detective who ever time they commit a crime they find a way to get off, often intimidating witnesses but none of this is that interesting.

I tell you something else about On "The Rise of the Krays" and that this feels like a movie with pretty boys trying to act psychotic but coming nowhere close to really making it stick. Maybe that is down to the direction which certainly tries to have a certain artistic style to it but the end result is a movie which for all the scenes of violence ends up a nothing. It doesn't make you feel sick or alternatively excite you and it certainly doesn't inform you of anything you wouldn't already know about the Krays.

What this all boils down to is that "The Rise of the Krays" is not a good movie and certainly not a patch on the earlier Krays movie starring Martin and Gary Kemp. Maybe younger audiences will enjoy this and the actors who play Ron and Reg but for me it just felt forced from start to finish.