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1 h 28 min2009X-Ray18
Tom Hardy stars as Mickey Peterson, Britain’s most violent prisoner, in this intelligent, provocative, and stylized film based on a true story.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Tom Hardy
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4.4 out of 5 stars

2333 global ratings

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P. ScottReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 February 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting, but very one-sided and so disappointing.
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I'm a big fan of Tom Hardy, but was very disappointed with this film. Although the acting was good, it gave a very 2 dimensional picture of the subject. The portrayal focussed almost entirely on the violence and insanity. The man's artistic talent (his work has been displayed in galleries) was barely touched upon, and all the books he wrote were never mentioned. Neither were the four children that he somehow manged to father during this time. As the film was very short, I would have thought that these things could have been included and would have shown a more rounded picture of the character.
17 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 March 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
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- the bluray sounds great - compared to the DVD version especially;
- also a plus one for the special features present.

- When it comes to picture, I prefer to the DVD version due to the 'noise'/'film grain' present on the Bluray version during the 'low light scenes' (looks fine in the darkness and well lit scenes) - if this doesn't bother you, then by far go for it since as mentioned before, it does sound great.
- Also weird: the initial trailers on the disk are unskippable - as in you cannot go directly to the menu but have to keep skipping through them all before starting the movie each time.
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LChPReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 January 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Effort
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In Bronson it is clear that celebrated director Nicolas Winding Refn does his best to enliven Charles Bronson's monotonous journey through life, from fight to fight, from prison to prison, from cell to cell. This is achieved with an inspired soundtrack that turns mundane moments and absurd situations into epic and comical events, as well as Tom Hardy's impressive performance, having undergone yet another complete metamorphosis.
3 people found this helpful
C De SchryverReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie - shame about lack of subtitles
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Cool film, great Tom Hardy. Why I am not entitely satisfied : total lack of subtitles - as someone with (so far) only a slight hearing impairment, it is very tiring to try to follow dialogue especially when slang, dialect or poor articulation is present. What producer skimps on that, this day and age ?
4 people found this helpful
P.S.HuzzeyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 January 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Movie That Never Goes Anywhere
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Although Tom Hardy acted as normal using his natural talents ,the film never goes anywhere.
It is disjointed, lacking compelling viewing , and with no story told whatsoever.
Shame - there was a story to be told there but it was missed completely.
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M. WenzlReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Being Charles Bronson
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It's hard to believe that Tom Hardy and Michael Peterson - alias Charles Bronson - became good friends. Peterson as Hardy portrays him has next to no redeeming features; Britain's most famous prisoner is a psychopath through and through, a man whose ostensible charisma is simply a ploy to justify his irrepressible desire to inflict violence on others. In 'Bronson', Peterson is manipulative but not intelligent; engaging but not likable - a pure but blind force of nature. When he smirks capriciously, there's nothing behind his eyes.

Although 'Bronson' is a biopic, Nicholas Winding Refn consciously channels the spirit of 'A Clockwork Orange', and, telling the story as a stream of consciousness through Peterson's mind, injects it with speed. Surrealism is interwoven and at times blended with the events of Peterson's life, which he narrates both to a passive audience and directly to the viewer. He fancies himself a born performer, and the audience dutifully clap at his skits and gags. This is, after all, Peterson's hour, just as his whole life has been his hour. The key people in his life - his parents, his ex-wife, his child, his lover, his boxing manager, his art teacher - are really just incidental to him, props on the stage. Indeed, it's unclear if some of them even exist as he portrays them.

It's an uncompromising vision of how a psychopath sees the world, the cinematography stark and the soundtrack compulsive. "Nihilistic" and "godless", Peterson feels he can make the world bend to his raw will. But his will has no direction; it's simply manifest of his desire to perform, and his proneness to boredom - and the film implies that this is the reason why his incarceration extended from seven to thirty-four years.
4 people found this helpful
angelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
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miss v j yatesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 July 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
I must say I was not disappointed! His was a compelling tale & at points ...
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OMG! What can I say? As Charles Bronson comes from my area & is imprisoned near me I was curious to find out more about his story. When I saw that Tom Hardy was playing him I couldn't wait to watch this film. I must say I was not disappointed! His was a compelling tale & at points you can even feel a bit sorry for him. Hardy played the role incredibly well & I can see why critics compared it to Clockwork Orange. It is beautifully filmed and is a wacky, crazy, artistic explosion of violence and madness! I could not recommend it enough! :)
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