Bronson Review

September 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

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I finally got around to watching Bronson this weekend, I had previously posted the trailer on here a few months back. The trailer got me really excited and I had really high hopes. Bronson is a British biographical film about the life of prisoner Michael Gordon Peterson aka Charles Bronson. Peterson became one of the most notorious criminals in the UK and spent most of his life in solitary confinement. The film is directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn who does an exceptional job creating a Kubrickesque black comedy with an absolutely amazing  performance by Tom Hardy as Bronson himself. White you will clearly see a lot of nods to Kubrick and particularly A Clockwork Orange, the films maintains such a high level of originality it’s stands on it’s own. Refn was able to keep the humor and intrinsic character of Bronson even at it’s most disturbing moments (face to face with pedophiles in a mental institution, bound and gagged in solitary confinement). One of the craziest scenes to me is a stage performance Bronson gives while playing himself and a nurse at the same time, it is so insane it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. Hands down the performance by Hardy makes this film so strong and the soundtrack is absolutely perfect. The opening track The Electrician by The Walker Brothers sets the brooding tempo, a kind of calm before the storm in no literal fashion whatsoever. Bronson will be released in the US in October this year. Be sure you don’t miss this one.

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