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Bronson

2009

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A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.

Starring:
Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action
Director Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams
Supporting actors Luing Andrews, Katy Barker, Gordon Brown, Amanda Burton, Mark Devenport, Paul Donnelly, Andrew Forbes, Jon House, Matt King, James Lance, Holly Lucas, Juliet Oldfield, Jonny Phillips, Mark Powley, Hugh Ross, Andrew St. John, Joe Tucker, Tracy Wiles
Studio Magnet Releasing
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By N. Durham HALL OF FAME on February 12, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Everyone has heard of Charles Bronson. Well, THAT Charles Bronson anyway, the title character here is definitely a far cry from the hardened film hero of the same name. This Charlie Bronson was originally born Michael Peterson, who despite having a decent upbringing, grew up to be a criminal, and much, much more surprisingly. Known as Britain's most notorious prisoner, Bronson manages to capture the ferocity of the man with tongue-in-cheek humor and sheer unpredictable moments. Tom Hardy, who has been in quite a bit ranging from Star Trek: Nemesis, Layer Cake, and Rocknrolla among others, gives a star-making performance that should be seen to be believed. Besides undergoing a physical transformation in bulking up, Hardy's performance may very well be akin to what Eric Bana managed to do some years ago with Chopper, in which he ironically enough, played famous prisoner Mark "Chopper" Read. All in all, though it definitely isn't for everybody, Bronson is wholeheartedly worth your time, mainly thanks to the ferocious performance of Tom Hardy, whose stardom should most definitely (and deservedly) be on the rise.
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Format: DVD
Charlie Bronson/Michael Peterson is quite a character. I'm told that the events and details in this film stray a little here and there from the truth, but all in all it makes for a quite entertaining look at one of the most violent prisoners in the UK's history. Actor Tom Hardy, who got amazingly buffed-up for this role, brings the right amount of humor, pathos, and dangerous zaniness to the title role.

You can't help but cheer for Charlie Bronson, though you will be glad you are doing it from a safe distance.

Bronson the man has quite a story. "Bronson" the movie is a tour-de-force of bravura and playful acting by Tom Hardy, and deserving of all its accolades. No one I have spoken with who saw this movie failed to be entertained by it.

Buy it, rent it, I don't care. Just watch it. [Big grin]
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I really wish I could do a split review for this movie. The story itself, about one of the most famous prisoners in the British penal system is really not very deep. Bronson is a guy that is more comfortable in prison than out in the world, that much is made clear, but it never really goes beyond that as to why that is the case. The movie is a little repetitive in that the basic story is that Bonson attacks guards and prison officials at almost every opportunity that he has. They move him from prison to prison and put him in solitary, but it is the same cycle. I realize that this is actually the truth and close to reality for 30 years in real life, but that repeated cycle does not make for an engaging story. 3 stars.

With all that being said, Tom Hardy is masterful in his portrayal of a clearly disturbed individual. Everything about him is almost unrecognizable. His expressions, movement, and gait are all transformative. What an outstanding performance, especially since there are many segments in which he is essentially doing a one man show in front of an imaginary audience. The closest thing that I can think of in relation to inhabiting a character would be Daniel Day Lewis as Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York (oddly enough, a character with a similar facial look). Hardy's performance is even more impressive in that he carries the entire movie, every scene and all the narration. 5 stars.
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"Bronson" is based on the real life of a man often referred to as "the most violent prisoner in Britain". "Charlie Bronson" is a moniker the prisoner (real name: Michael Peterson) assumed as a sort of stage name. According to the film, Peterson desired to be famous and went about garnering that fame by perpetuating heinously violent actions against other prisoners and prison guards.

The film is bloody, violent, disturbing, and incredibly effective. Tom Hardy is a powerhouse in the role in every sense of the word. He's an imposing figure to start. His powerfully built wrestler's physique makes the improbabilities of his physical altercations believable. He captures the audience's attention in a stranglehold of a performance, playing straight a role that could have easily turned into an insane human cartoon. Instead we watch a credibly complex sociopathic character unfold who is apparently choosy about upon whom he will wreck his carnage (primarily the heavily armed and numerous prison guards). His mirthless laughter at the beginning of the film puts the audience off-kilter, not quite able to regain balance until some time after the end credits roll. You're never quite sure what Hardy's Bronson is going to do next. He's so pitch perfect throughout the film, it's hard to take your eyes off this living disaster.

The film is essentially presented from Bronson's point of view, which lends itself to some strange storytelling considering his sociopathic bent. Some self-narrated fantasy asides are at first quite bizarre as they're occurring with Bronson telling his story on stage in full makeup. There is a heavy dose of
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