Bronson – 2009

Plot: In 1974, a hot-headed 19-year-old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade 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, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and ‘Charles Bronson,’ his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson – a scathing indictment of celebrity culture

Bronson is a 2009 biographical crime film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, about the life of notorious prisoner Michael Gordon Peterson, played by Tom Hardy. It is, as the poster says, “A Clockwork Orange of the 21st century”.

I couldn’t have explained it better with a thousand words. As a matter of fact, the entire time i was watching it that’s exactly what i was thinking. I stumbled upon this movie thanks to one of my favorites movie-geek friends, Kevin (@The_Cameo) on one of our many – and very nerdy – movie stuff conversations. I really need to thank him because his recommendation just gave me about 90 minutes of pure, gold, and good old ultraviolence:

Everything about this movie is pretty much amazing. Camera works, soundtrack, performances. Tom Hardy, who met the real Charlie Bronson to prepare for the movie, did an outstanding job portraying England’s most popular inmate.

I think I’m gonna let the pictures speak for me, because as of right now I still have the rush and the thrill that would make my words just a blurry combination of ways to repeat the word “awesome” over and over again.

Alternatively, there’s always Wikipedia: Born into a respectable middle class family, Peterson would nevertheless become one of the country’s most dangerous criminals, and is known for having spent almost his entire life in solitary confinement. Bronson is narrated with humour, blurring the line between comedy and horror. It explores the idea of a man’s violence as his alter-ego.

Also, i instantly developed the biggest crush on Earth for this guy, and just so you know, he’s totally gonna be my next boyfriend. That’s the extent of my “expert point of view” on this movie, Bronson.

No, but really, you HAVE to see this movie. You just have to.

It will make you scream “Alex!” and “Ludwig Van!!” a few times.



6 Responses to “Bronson”

  1. I watched this one a few days ago and is so bloody cool! Had already pass to another 5 friends! (I know is not much, lots of ppl is still on new years eve trip, but they gonna have a surprise as soon as they come back to rio!)

  2. i know! it’s amazing! an instant classic.

  3. Glad to see someone else have seen and likes this little film from our cousins across the pond. I’m already hyped to see Refn’s follow-up to Bronson once it makes it over to the US, Valhalla Rising.

  4. l’ho atteso per mesi sperando di vederlo comparire in italia poi mi sono arresto e affidato allo streaming. Pazzesco violento e allucinato/ante. Me lo sono davvero goduto ;)
    Peccato queste perle rimangano ignorate dai piu’

  5. i can’t wait for that either!

  6. Certain parts during this film are awesome, but their just wasn’t enough here for a whole film. Tom Hardy is amazing and very scary, but the rest of this film just didn’t seem to jell out well at all. Good review, check out mine when you can!

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