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Plot: 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. Runtime: 92 mins Release Date: 13 Mar 2009
A bit on the weord side yet strangely entertaining . He might be Britain's most famous prisoner but " Charlie " is just another loser trying get attention , also not very bright neither and whatever sanity he owned was beaten out of him years ago . Since he's so afraid of the outside world let the bloody fool rot in prison . That's at least one less common piece of rubbish off the streets !!!
I did not know about this movie, but I am so glad I watched it. This is the true story of Michael Patterson, a petty crook, that likes to raise hell while incarcerated. He is arrested for stealing and due to his rambunctious nature, he tends to spend a lot of time alone. Upon his release, he takes up bare fisted boxing at the suggestion of a man he met in jail. He needs a fighting name, so he chose Charles Bronson because it is a name people associate with vengeance. The main actor is amazing!!! He has many monologues and pulls you in with his insanity. The real Bronson is still incarcerated <more>
and has written a few books. He is in great physical shape, so he wrote one about how he keeps in shape in prison. He seems a bit split personality and he switched between them with ease. When the movie ended, I wanted more, so I went on line to learn more. This is truly an entertaining movie and I'm glad I was made aware of it.
A Sense Of The Long Good Rocky Chopper Shrek (by velvoofell)
'Bronson' is a ninety minute dramatised account of the life of one of Britain's most notorious prisoners, Michael "Charlie Bronson" Petersen. Originally jailed for armed robbery in the seventies, Bronson's refusal to button down to porridge - and ambition to become a "name" in prison, saw him take hostages, stage protests and fight many prison guards at a time. His resultant extended sentence of a staggering thirty four years of prison have seen him spend twenty six years in solitary confinement, a spell in an insane asylum and a total of one hundred and <more>
twenty four days of parole/freedom. With each small burst of freedom on the outside, Bronson realised he was ill suited to a world fast outpacing him - he is a king and a legend in prison, however and one of the strong messages of the film is that he would rather suffer the slings and arrows of jail than operate in a world he could not fathom.Bronson, in an awards-magnetising, all consuming performance from 'Star Trek: Nemesis's Tom Hardy, narrates his own life story from a Proscenium stage. Bronson's innate comedic and artistic talents are exploited in these linking scenes. He wears Leigh-Bowery style clown make-up as he addresses the audience - in fact Leigh Bowery's influence seems a touchstone for the atavistic "war paint" Bronson adopts during various staged battles with his jailers, as well as his own surrealist cartoons.A pastiche of an act popularised by slightly nihilistic British comedian "Freddy Starr" is used inspirationally in Bronson's description of his dealings with an asylum's governors.All in all, this is a rich, highly stylish and convincing account of an empty life and aching soul. Vertigo Pictures appear not to have had a distributor for the film at the screening this writer attended and it would be a shame if a major international distributor trimmed the violence, homo-erotic subtexts and surrealism as it would neuter the piece.In a film that is 'A Sense of Freedom', with the period tone and raw power, but profound Britishness, of 'The Long, Good Friday' - plus a dash of 'The Rocky Horror Show' and 'Shrek' - an anti-hero as impressive as Eric Bana's 'Chopper' 2000 is born.Although, unlike his Antipodean doppelganger, Bronson don't hit women. A refreshingly different British crime movie. You won't have enough...
Nicolas Winding Refn's best work since Pusher. No doubt.This is just as well done, but in it's own rights. The actor goes out of his way to adapt the mind and the physique of the character he is portraying. And the director goes out of his way to setup a scenery that makes Hardy's performance even more credible.I love this movie, particularly because of the intense feel of the story and the actor who portrays it. Tom Hardy delivers the performance of his career and so does Refn. A big kudos to them both.This is one of those movies, where those who get the point won't be <more>
Shorter than a 30-year stretch in solitary (by Ali_John_Catterall)
To be a performer, in British underworld slang, is to have a flair for violence; to be particularly skilled at putting on the frighteners. It's a term applied to James Fox's gangland enforcer in 'Performance' - and it could also be applied to Charles Bronson aka "Britain's most violent man" as portrayed by Tom Hardy in this bizarre and bracing character study.We know Bronson, if at all, through tabloid headlines, chronicling his hostage-taking, rooftop protests and distinction as Britain's 'longest serving prisoner'. But even those who thought they <more>
knew Bronson might be surprised to learn that the man born Michael Peterson couldn't have had a more respectable start. Born into an upper-middle class family in Aberystwyth, his uncle was mayor and his parents ran the local Conservative club.But the bright, gentle boy fell in with a bad lot; he became a bare-knuckle boxer; he robbed a post office for £26.18p. The bungled armed robbery put him in jail for seven years. Initially. For many, a lengthy prison stretch would be the undoing of life as they knew it. But it was the making of Bronson. In prison he discovered his calling: a gift for chaos.The opening scene, a tableau which will be repeated over and over again, features him spattered in blood, feral and naked, playing human pinball with terrified prison warders until he's eventually overpowered; a bound Promethean. He travels from prison to prison as if on eternal vacation. Parkhust is "well worth a visit". At Wormwood Scrubs, "the staff ensure your stay is as memorable as possible". Hostage-taking is just a prescription against boredom; although the matter of whether prolonged incarceration exacerbated his behaviour, institutionalised him, is never addressed.So far, so BritCrime. But anyone expecting another 'Rise Of The Footsoldier' - even 'McVicar' - will be in for a shock. Refn first came to prominence with the 'Pusher Trilogy', gritty and unflinching pseudo-documentaries focusing on the criminal underworld of not-so wonderful Copenhagen. Yet stylistically, Bronson is a universe away from those movies; it's far plainer to see the influence of DP Larry Smith, who also photographed Refn's hyper-real 'Fear X.' Refn has delivered a weird and wonderful anti-biopic that explodes the conventions of the genre; a fittingly anarchic approach to linear progression of which the eponymous jailbird would surely approve. Most of these scenes could be shuffled around any which way, which is appropriate: when you've been banged up for as long as Bronson has 34 years, 30 of them in solitary confinement , time probably ceases to have much meaning.With a classically-weighted score married to scenes of ultra-violence, this not only pays homage to Kubrick, but also to mavericks like Lindsay Anderson, Peter Greenaway and John Maybury 'Love Is The Devil' in its picaresque digressions and painterly aesthetics: a cinematic palate of reds and blacks. Hell colours. Compared with most of the wannabe bad-boys clogging up the arteries of British cinema, this is practically an art installation or contemporary performance piece.And Charles Bronson, of course, is a first-rate performer: from that attention-grabbing Hollywood-purloined name actually foisted on him by a boxing promoter to his way with his fists - and striking artworks, which bear comparison with those of that other outsider-artist Daniel Johnston, and which sell for small fortunes, Bronson has worked as tirelessly as Max Clifford to keep his reputation intact and name in the papers for decades.Refn even has him orating to us from an Edwardian music hall stage, and miming songs Dennis Potter-style while painted like a harlequin or moustache-twirling circus strongman. It's disturbing, and recalls Rupert Pupkin in 'The King Of Comedy' and Jonathan Pryce channeling Grock the clown in Trevor Griffiths' play 'Comedians'. Also, Freddie Starr in the infamous 2001 Channel 4 documentary 'Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster', in which Starr berated an empty auditorium and laid a wreath on-stage to symbolise 'British comedy's passing'.Starr came across as desperately unhappy, but also largely self-deluding. Bronson is equally deluded and naive. A prison governor tells him, "You're ridiculous". He is. But really, he's just a little boy incarcerated inside endlessly replicating walls of muscle, a self-made prison of gristle and bone.Hardy gets that, and his performance is astonishing; proper Stanislavski. Whether gazing into the distance with a thousand-yard stare, as if awaiting the muse of mayhem to tell him who to hit next, or gleefully cavorting in the theater of Bronson's imagination, the man's magnetic. 'Peep Show's' Matt King also lends sterling support as Bronson's comically seedy, upper-class boxing promoter Paul; a Withnail in the underworld sporting black leather gloves.In a movie filled with startling, near-hallucinatory moments - drugged, drooling asylum inmates dancing woozily to The Pet Shop Boys; Bronson caged in a tiny, medieval-like restricting device, like something from a Francis Bacon - there is a truly remarkable scene toward the end that attempts to throw speculative light on the man's motivations, what really makes him tick. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the filmmakers suggest the answer lies in the creative impulse.Having taken his prison art teacher hostage, Bronson demands to hear music. As Delibes' 'Lakmé' is piped over the Tannoy, a swooning naked Bronson, smeared in charcoal and grease, gently body paints Phil to resemble a living Magritte, with a bowler hat and apple in his mouth. Might Bronson's violence simply be misdirected creative passion? Is prison really an ersatz canvas, onto which he drips warders' blood like a sociopathic Jackson Pollock? Well, alright. There's probably an argument for suggesting Bronson's nothing more than a pretentious thriller kitted out with the greatest hits of Classic FM. You could say the same of 'A Clockwork Orange.' Detractors might say it appeals to those who hold that violence is art and vice-versa but would flee from a street fight. Which would be to truly underestimate such a smart, funny and stylish film. Bronson appeals to the anti-authoritarian in us all.
As I was watching the first 30 minutes of the bio flick "Bronson", I thought it had a death wish or something. It does take a while to let this movie hit you. "Bronson" is based on the true story of who is called England's most notorious prisoner, that would be Michael Peterson better known by his alias Charlie Bronson. He has been incarcerated for 36 years, and 31 in solitary confinement. He never killed anyone, just was convicted of armed robbery a few times; but it was his feisty ways in the prisons and psych wards he did time in that got him all that time. Instead <more>
of trying to breakout, Bronson wanted to stay in prison but not exactly as a Solitary Man. He relished on physically brutalizing prison guards and other cellmates, not to mention taking a few as hostages. Bronson also had an artistic side that is also highlighted in Writer-Director's Nicolas Winding Refn movie. Refn's screenplay with Brock Norman Brock did escape the rules of viewer engagement from time to time with its extreme bizarreness, but somehow it boldly & bloody worked. Kudos goes to Refn for orchestrating those power-punching scenes where Charlie B. is refn so many up. Also, I must commend his direction of the comedic scenes of observing Charlie readapting to social civilization upon being released after his first "prison tour of duty". But "Bronson" would not be a brawny feature without the tour-de-performance of Tom Hardy. This Hardy Boy sure did not lack a punch with his dead-ringer Bronson transformation. It will be hard to knock out Hardy as a surefire grand actor for years to come. It is hard to fathom that this is the same actor who played The Cleaner in "Inception", two exemplary performances but diverse in so many ways. "Bronson" is worth putting in the time for no better reason just to witness Tom Hardy's extraordinaire hard work. So pass Go and matchup with "Bronson". ***** Excellent
Going into 'Bronson' I think it will help your viewing experience to know what to expect beforehand, so the shock of what you're seeing doesn't cloud the reason for why your seeing it.So, based on that idea you should know there is a lot of graphic violence, constant swearing, nudity, obscenity and its all completely unapologetic. Some have confused this with glamorisation when instead 'Bronson' is as pure of a character study you will find and due to this the film, not only uses the character as a subject, but the film becomes the subject through replicating <more>
Bronson's world. When the camera 'glamorises' the violence Bronson is committing, it is mirroring the way he sees it, as fun, necessary and rewarding. We are reminded of this disturbed reality when at intervals the film will revert into Bronson's head, where he is on stage in front of an appreciative audience who understand and empathise with everything he says.This intricate, intelligent and highly effective way of film-making is one of the elements, which makes it one of the best films of the year so far. As a character study, there are few other films that I can recall which show such dedication in trying to understand the character. Most will take either a positive or negative approach and try to influence the viewer, but because the film decides to show him in both objective states locked in a tiny cell and completely dehumanised and subjective states Bronson's reality the audience can decide on their own picture of the man through both from the factual resource of what he's done, and his view on reality.The second element, which makes this film successful, is the consistently impressive Tom Hardy. He gives himself to this role completely and makes the character intense, funny, scary and totally believable, sometimes all at the same time. I highly doubt there will be a better performance this year and unfortunately I also doubt he won't receive the accolades he deserves for it.If you're interested in character studies or intimate films I strongly recommend 'Bronson'. It shows a version of reality distorted yet validated and contains a performance by Hardy that makes you believe in it.
Director and Leading Man combine in an excellent expression of style. (by OwlCreekOccurrence)
Tom Hardy and Nicholas Winding Refn are the stars of the show here, taking the story of 'Britain's most violent prisoner' and twisting it into an explosion of style.Tom Hardy plays Michael Peterson who was initially incarcerated for 7 years after robbing a Post Office but this sentence turned into a 34 year stretch after numerous cases of violence in prison. Of these 34 years 30 were spent in solitary confinement. In his short period outside he assumed the fighting name of Charles Bronson after the Death Wish star. It is his alter ego which dominates the film.Hardy is magnificent, <more>
prowling around people almost growling, a hulking, brooding, unpredictable beast who almost doesn't care what happens to him, preferring gaol where his is someone to the outside where he is no-one.Many reviewers have been troubled by the lack of insight into the character of Bronson, however this is unsurprising as the story itself is narrated by Bronson himself, cutting back to a fantasy audience where he parades in varying levels of makeup, the star of his own show.Refn handles this material with aplomb, filling it with tracks and pans, the occasional slice of slow motion, an interesting and varied colour palate and impeccable taste in music. Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange have been mentioned in almost every review, but there are clear influences of Bertolucci, perhaps mostly The Conformist in its detached style and use of colour.By the time the film ends we are unsure who to feel sorry for, lost in a world of hard lines and constant violence. A very interesting film that marks out Hardy and Refn as exciting talents in modern cinema.
Bronson is the dramatized story of Charlie Bronson. Not the actor from Death Wish, The Great Escape, and The Dirty Dozen. This is the story of England's most violent prisoner. Born Michael Peterson, he quickly realized that he wanted to make a name for himself. It is unclear why he chose the path he did. He had a normal upbringing, a nice home, good parents, yet he just liked to fight. And he was good at it.After robbing a post office for what can be only described as "chump change," he was given a seven year sentence. Since that sentencing in 1974, Bronson has seen a little <more>
over a few months as a free man. He is still in prison to this day.What Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn gives us is a stylized version of one of the most bizarre and intoxicating stories I've seen in a long time. Bronson, played wonderfully by Tom Hardy, loves what he does. At least that what he wants us to believe. I was never really convinced that Bronson truly enjoyed what he did. Then again, I can't see the pleasure in pummeling prison guards, bare knuckle fighting, fighting dogs, and bringing others close to death. That said, it was something else to watch.Hardy gives a rock solid performance. He fits the part both physically and mentally. He has the right edge to let us know how intelligent and hostile Charlie Bronson can be. It's hard to imagine playing someone as energized and mentally perturbed as Bronson, who gets his jollies from beating up innocent prison guards and inmates, but Hardy does just that in style. He never falters and gives 100 percent in every scene.I can see a lot of similarities to A Clockwork Orange. It has similar accents, violent images, an insight into the criminal mind. Things very much associated with Kubrick's masterpiece. Still, Bronson offers something different. It's more theatrical, blending both the real world with a more dramatic and exaggerated story, showing Bronson as a prisoner, a performer, and storyteller.Bronson is filled with stunning, startling images and a gives us a very original story, the likes of with we have seldom seen or will see. Charlie Bronson is a unique case of a man that nobody will ever truly understand. Whether you like the glorification of criminals or not, it's hard to deny that this film and the people involved doesn't offer great entertainment. I expect more from Hardy and Refn.
An excellent portrayal of Britain's most notorious prisoner. (by lmighten)
This is a fantastic depiction of Charles Bronson, born Michael Peterson, Britain's most infamous and notorious prisoner. Director Nicholas Winding Refn invites us into Bronson's imagination, with parts of the film shot from the perspective of him being on stage in front of an adoring audience. The rest of the film is a dramatization of Bronson's life and times in prison. Bronson was initially incarcerated for seven years for the robbery of a post office where he stole £26.18. However he has spent 34 years in prison and psychiatric wards so far, and is still there, spending 30 of <more>
them in solitary confinement. He has been involved in fighting, brawls and hostage taking which led to his increased sentence, and he seems to enjoy it. No lives have been lost. This is an excellent performance from Tom Hardy –funny, thoroughly engaging and intense. He physically transformed himself for this role and obviously studied Bronson vigorously to accurately portray his mannerisms. A thoroughly compelling film. A must see!