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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film, best work by Nicolas Winding Refn Sept. 16 2014
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More Bronson than Bronson, and my wife likes all the naked Tom Hardy.

Killer soundtrack, and wonderfully stylized film.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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"This movie have no taste",because whenever you finished watching,it will
leave a bad taste in your mouth,what a fricking display of acting from Tom Hardy
no let me change that to,i can't believe he was acting,if this does not look real to
anyone who've seen it they don't know what acting is,based on the true story of
Michael Peterson [Tom Hardy]Britain's most violent prisoner,who in 1974 decided
he wanted to be famous,so with a homemade sawn-off shotgun he decided rob the
post office,who was quickly apprehended and sentenced to seven years in jail,
this guy spent 34 years in jail of which 30 was spent in solitary confinement,not even
the queen knew what to do with him,he was causing the tax-payers to much,but the light
here is [if i can turn it on to]Nicolas Winding Refn the director,he's gotten So Much out
of T.Hardy the way the actual person walks the way he speak and the look he gives you,
is stunning to watch and very scary,this movie is also Very Bloody i don't know if i would
say hard to watch,because i could not take my eyes of the screen for one minute,
i was just so mesmerize by his performance i didn't even see the blood.plus there is full
nudity of [T.Hardy] for some who don't like that stuff,the way this movie was shot with the
ruff grain really makes it feel authentic for that time-period of 1974 most was in prison too,
5.1 DTS HD Master Audio.
1080p High Definition 1.851
runtime 93 minutes.
I Give This To N. W. Refn & T Hardy Putting It Mildly...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! Nov. 14 2012
By Dylan C
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Brutal fight scenes, with a unique sense of humour throughout. Tom Hardy is brilliant and extremely memorable. One of the best movies I've stumbled upon in the last couple years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hardy most underrated actor Feb. 20 2010
Any actor who can excel at playing both this wild character and probably the greatest Heathcliff besides Olivier, deserves more credit than Tom Hardy has received. This movie has it merits but mostly because of Hardy it transcends. As to the Blu-Ray, a rough grain permeates the picture perfectly in tune with its primary character.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked "Chopper", you should REALLY like "Bronson" Aug. 7 2010
By John S. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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]
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, humerous, and brutal Feb. 12 2010
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
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.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With its middle finger firmly brandished at everything our society holds dear... March 11 2010
By S. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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To say that lead actor Tom Hardy is gonzo-brilliant is nearly as understating as the complete overlooking of his performance throughout award season. Director Refn's approach here is as viscerally punctuated and artistically daring as anything in his excellent "Pusher Trilogy."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding performance, OK story March 3 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody, Violent, Disturbing, and Incredibly Effective Oct. 10 2011
By P. Kingsriter - Published on Amazon.com
"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 A Clockwork Orange-style cinematography, especially when Bronson is committed to a truly bizarre mental institution. Again, this could be interpreted as Bronson's views of the situation, not how they actually were. There's also an odd measure of homo-eroticism in the film -- Bronson seems to attract the attention of gay men, albeit never has any semblance of romantic reciprocation -- and you'll see more than one fully nude shot of Tom Hardy's man-bits including a scene where he commandeers a male prison librarian to give him a full-body butter rubdown to make him more difficult to handle in the upcoming fight.

I couldn't quite put my finger on whether or not director Nicolas Winding Refn finds Bronson to be a sympathetic character (a little off-putting in itself), but it's obvious that Refn is fascinated with Bronson's complexities. One can't help but feel that Bronson deserves every last brutal beating he receives at the hands, feet, and batons of the prison guards, as he is presented as the exclusive instigator of each outpouring of violence. The last image of Bronson, bloodied and confined in a solitary cage, whimpering like a wounded animal, is bound to stick with you for a while.

Bronson is brutal, but fascinating to watch, walking a thin line that dispassionately presents a violent life without glorifying the perpetrator. It'll most likely make you uncomfortable, but then again, how else would you portray a guy who wanted to get famous by fashioning the persona of Britain's most violent prisoner?
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