‘Bronson’: A Fiercely Inventive Depiction of Britain’s Most Violent Prisoner
“Bronson” (2008) is a wildly inventive and darkly comical depiction of the life of Michael Peterson aka “Charles Bronson", the infamous British criminal who extended a 7-year prison sentence for robbery to nearly 3 decades in solitary confinement for countless violent attacks on guards and fellow inmates.
The film stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”) in one of the most jaw-dropping performances of the 21st century. Ferocious, wryly charismatic and bursting with a wildly theatrical charm, Hardy delivers Peterson to the screen as a force of brute, maniacal showmanship. Few others have ever delivered a performance so magnificently unhinged and terrifying.
Co-written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (“The Pusher Trilogy”, “Drive”), “Bronson” is a marvel of inventive storytelling, playing out a lifetime of fury and self-delusion through the prism of performance art and twisted, nearly delirious dark humor. A one-of-a-kind cinematic escapade that demands to be experienced first-hand.
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