Blu-ray Disc - 2010
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Michael Peterson was 19 years old in 1974. Reckless, and hoping to make a name for himself, he picked up a homemade sawed-off shotgun and set off to rob a post office. Caught and arrested soon after, he was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. Ultimately, Peterson ended up behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which were spent in solitary confinement. While incarcerated, his alter ego, Charles Bronson, surfaced and eventually replaced his own personality.
Publisher: [Los Angeles] :, Magnolia Home Entertainment,, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Dec 15, 2018

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn tackles the enigma of Bronson in this schizoid biopic and he finds his perfect instrument in Tom Hardy who mugs and rages with mad glee, his shorn head and handlebar moustache making him look like an insane circus strongman. Narrated by a clownish Bronson (Hardy) as he performs a spirited monologue for an imaginary audience in an imaginary theatre straight out of Rocky Horror, Refn sticks mainly to the facts but he does so with a theatrical zeal suitable to his subject. Hardy’s unstable alpha male stampedes across the screen roaring defiance and messing with people’s heads (often while nude and greased up for a fight) while a soundtrack ranging from Verdi and Wagner to Pet Shop Boys and Glass Candy provide counterpoint. With surreal passages butting up against bone-crunching realism, the whole film passes before one’s eyes like like a bit of psychotic cabaret. Upon seeing the film in 2011 Peterson himself described it as “…theatrical, creative, and brilliant…” I dare not disagree.

Aug 24, 2018

This guy had his own thoughts and they developed as he grew up and his mom never addressed his mental issues. He is one scary individual that lives in his own thoughts.
We found it interesting but not a great movie almost turned it of but finally stayed with it and glad we did.

Feb 08, 2018

Imagine a composite character of the King of Comedy and Raging Bull and you have Tom Hardy's portrayal of long-time British prisoner "Charles Bronson." This movie is well worth watching though definitely not for the squeamish.

ArapahoeSarahD Oct 14, 2016

If you are expecting a linear, heart-pounding action film this may not be the movie for you. If however, you enjoy a chilling tale of one of Europe's most violent prisoners with a bit of artistic expression and exceptional acting, this is a film for you.
The editing, direction and acting make this film so strong which is why I cannot recommend this more.

Sep 05, 2016

No sane person could believe that Charles Bronson, the UK's most violent prisoner, should be freed; not from this film loosely based on his life, and certainly not from any knowledge of his true story. But believe it or not, this movie prompted an amnesty appeal for its subject in 2013. Perhaps its supporters don't know that Bronson doesn't resemble star Tom Hardy, but another Charlie -- Manson. As a film, though, Bronson is first rate. I wish Refn's current films had its snappy pace, but don't go in expecting a typical dudes in prison docudrama. Many of the episodes that might strike you as surreal fantasy did in fact occur.

Aug 13, 2015

One of my all-time favourite films.

May 31, 2015

Tom Hardy is a unique talent, and I was looking forward to this one. I was disappointed in the director's approach to the film, however. I would have preferred a more traditional biopic than whatever you want to categorize this as.

Oct 24, 2014

I loved this movie. Hardy's performace is thru the roof amazing. There are a few abstract scenes and plenty of violence which normally do not mix well together but i found this film was able to quite brilliantly do just that. Not for everyone's taste, but this chicky liked it.

May 05, 2014

Choosing to be a brutal psycho. I am not sure there is any value in watching this film. I still don't see why anyone would choose this path, but maybe that is just a sign I am still somewhat sane. One observation. He would have been able to have almost the same experience if he had been a guard. Too bad he didn't think of that.

Mar 17, 2014

This film by director Refn is well acted and directed, filled with violence. However, I do not find the main character, and hence the story around him, interesting at all. It is also not an easy watch for most.

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