Bronson

  • 18
  • Nicolas Winding Refn (2008)
  • UK / Cay
  • 88 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This eccentric and often unsavoury biopic charts the rise to infamy of a small-time Luton crook who changed his name and bulked his frame in the mid-1980s to become Britain's most violent and feared prisoner. Tom Hardy gives a stunning performance as moustached reprobate Charles Bronson, who has spent two-thirds of his life in jail, and most of that in solitary confinement. As there's little in the way of biographical fact to contend with, director Nicolas Winding Refn attempts instead to poke around in his subject's psyche. Scenes from Bronson's life are presented as hallucinatory, stylised episodes that owe a great debt to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, not just in their look but also through their jarring use of classical music. The violence may be too extreme and message too non-judgemental for mainstream viewers, but Hardy does an admirable job of making this monster human, which he achieves with surprising wit and a visceral, attention-grabbing passion.

Plot Summary

Biographical drama starring Tom Hardy as Charles Bronson (born Michael Peterson), a bare-knuckle boxer who was jailed in 1974 for armed robbery and went on to become one of the UK's most notorious prisoners.

Cast and crew

Cast

Charles Bronson / Michael Peterson
Tom Hardy
Paul Daniels
Matt King
Nurse
Terry Stone
Charlie's mum
Amanda Burton
Uncle Jack
Hugh Ross
Irene
Kelly Adams
Brian
Edward Bennett-Coles
John White
Joe Tucker
Phil
James Lance
Prison governor
Jonathan Phillips
Alison
Juliet Oldfield

Crew

Director
Nicolas Winding Refn

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Vertigo Films
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 13 Mar 2009
Certificate 18
Distributor:
E1 Entertainment UK
Categories
Drama