Tom Hardy gives a brilliant performances – scratch that – Tom Hardy gives TWO brilliant performances, in this gangster biopic. Overall quite entertaining. Doesn’t hit as hard with its ‘gangster’ action sequences as some gangster classics such as “The Godfather” or “Goodfellas” but does have its moments.
The film connected with me personally as one of the brothers, Ronald Cray, was clinically insane, if not at least some serious conditions. I work with children with special education needs, and to see (not to that degree, of course) someone like that thrust into the world of gangs, I can be someone sympathetic to his predicaments, as he should have, and would have, received help had he been born at a different time in a different place.
Honorable mention: Emily Browning was fantastic in this film, playing a very beautiful but vulnerable character.