In 1974, a misguided 19 year old decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, armed with a sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams, he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Michael Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years and transformed into Charles Bronson, Britain's most notorious prisoner.
The majority are aware of the real-life Bronson, a small time crook hell-bent on establishing a fame persona since his depositing into the prison system. I could debate the merits of this film, Bronson is intelligent but gives into his urges for violence and infamy. The futile nature of his existence becomes apparent despite his artistic tastes. This career prisoner while imposing comes across as a sad and lonely individual, prone to fantasies and ego trips. Tom Hardy is terrific, but we don't spend much time outside the company of Bronson. What impact did his lifestyle have on his family or relationships? Overall the film comes across as selfish and self indulgent.
This excellent biopic wilol not doubt confuse some people - it is not straightforward and uses various devices to give an impression of this man's sad life. I liked this. I did not fond it pretentious or boring at all. And the acting is top notch - the actor playing Bronson gets it just right. I would recommend this film - and perhaps would even say it should be shown in schools so kids know that crime or prison is not glamorous at all! Recommended.
I thought Bronson was going to be a classic violent prison thriller but I was sadly mistaken. The violence was certainly there but there was nothing to thrill me, nothing to keep me on the edge of my seat - a weird story line, which jumps in and out of the insane capped off a poor movie.