A Life of Waste
- Bronson review by CP Customer
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.
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- Bronson review by MB
I generally avoid films with violence in - but rather than feeling gratuitous, this portrait of 'Britain's most violent prisoner' is presented more as a puzzle: 'Why was he so violent? What lies beneath the violence?'
The presentation is more arthouse than, say, The Sweeney (that's the best reference I can come up with, I said I don't watch violent films) - it's quirky and stylish without being pretentious.
Tom Hardy is great - and the whole supporting cast is believable. Left me feeling intrigued and curious to know more about this guy.
Great also to hear New Order on the soundtrack.
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.