A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.
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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 seven 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.Written by
Surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, to whom Refn frequently dedicates his films, claims he had a "spiritual orgasm" when he first watched Bronson and found it a very artistic film. He had first met Refn at a bookstore where there was a poster of the film Bronson and he asked Refn what it was about. They became friends and Jodorowsky would later go on to present Valhalla Rising for Refn. See more »
When Michael goes round in circles in his prison cell, faint shadows of camera equipment are visible on his left arm. See more »
[Lying down on cell bed, waiting]
[Walks through cell door with a pile of books in hand]
Alright Charlie? Fancy something to read?
[Starts arranging books on table for Charlie]
What you after? Got another Jilly Cooper. How you getting on with Marjorie Winslet? Heard it was going well!
[Gets up, shuts and locks cell door, turns and points at Andy]
Shut your fucking mouth!
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An excellent portrayal of Britain's most notorious prisoner.
This is a fantastic depiction of Charles Bronson, born Michael Peterson, Britain's most infamous and notorious prisoner. Director Nicholas Winding Refn invites us into Bronson's imagination, with parts of the film shot from the perspective of him being on stage in front of an adoring audience. The rest of the film is a dramatization of Bronson's life and times in prison.
Bronson was initially incarcerated for seven years for the robbery of a post office where he stole £26.18. However he has spent 34 years in prison and psychiatric wards so far, and is still there, spending 30 of them in solitary confinement. He has been involved in fighting, brawls and hostage taking which led to his increased sentence, and he seems to enjoy it. No lives have been lost.
This is an excellent performance from Tom Hardy –funny, thoroughly engaging and intense. He physically transformed himself for this role and obviously studied Bronson vigorously to accurately portray his mannerisms.
A thoroughly compelling film. A must see!
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