LOVEFiLM Review: Bronson (2009)

The notorious life of the U.K.’s “most violent prisoner” serves as the subject of Pusher Trilogy director Nicolas Winding Refn’s brutal biopic. Born Michael Peterson but later renamed by his fight promoter, Charles Bronson’s sole ambition in life was to become famous. Surmising that the fastest means of accomplishing his goal with such limited opportunities was to cultivate a stylized persona as a hardened criminal, the ambitious do-badder embraced a desperate existence of extreme savagery. But who is the real man behind the warped persona? Seeing as how 28 of Bronson’s 34 years behind bars were spent in solitary confinement, that’s a difficult question to answer. The terror of the legend comes to vivid life, however, as director Refn explores the twisted alternate reality created by Bronson, and highlights precisely how the controversial criminal staged himself within that anarchistic world

One of the most unique films I’ve seen in every sense. The story, the person, the actor. Just everything. I come seeing Bronson on that back of Drive which is by the same director and the trademarks are already there.

This was a career making film for Tom Hardy as he fully immerses himself in the role of Bronson. A truly impressive and captivating performance

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