Tuesday, August 14, 2012

45/50x2: Bronson

This will be a pretty quick review. I honestly have no idea what I just watched.

Bronson is a film about Charles Bronson, no not the film star but the notorious prisoner. Bronson's real name is Michael Peterson (Tom Hardy), but was renamed to something a little more badass by his fight promoter.

The film was, honestly, all over the place. I could not really understand what was happening for the most part. Hardy as Bronson introduces himself and talks to us through the camera - he also appears to be telling a story to an audience, which we see from time-to-time.

Though it is a biopic, it is a fictionalized biopic so some of what is shown is not exactly true. Bronson pretty much has an anger management problem and wants to make a name for himself - and the only way he knows how to do that is by kicking some serious ass in prison, whether that be other prisoners or guards.

The only reason I kept with this film was because it was on this 50 list and because of Hardy. He has earned some respect with some of the films he has come out with of late. I am sure he played this just the way he was supposed to - and he definitely was crazy, but even that couldn't save this film for me.

The last third of the film is still not great, but is better than the other parts, which is why it gets a little better grade than the worst I can give.



  1. Haha, yeah, this movie is nuts. I felt similar to it as I did to Southland Tales. It's a total mind-fuck through how it's made in kind of a trainwreck, bizarre way... but it's just so damn fascinating you can't take your eyes off the screen--mostly thanks to Hardy's performance.

  2. Wow! I'm shocked by your review. This is one of my favourite films of recent years. I honestly think it's excellent.
    Here's my review if your interested. http://attheback.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/bronson.html

  3. Yeah, I realized that this film would be liked by others - it was recommended to me which is why it was on my list. But, was not my cup of tea. Glad you liked it though - which is why I don't listen to reviews and give all films a chance because one person's junk is another's treasure.

    1. You're exactly right. Everyone likes different things. There are even some people in the world who liked Sex and the City 2.

  4. Thanks for your honesty; I’ve been hearing all kinds of mixed reviews on this. One of my girlfriends is a fan of Nicolas Winding Refn who directed both Drive and Bronson, and she has been telling me nothing but great things about Bronson. On the other hand, one of my girlfriends I work with at Dish shares your opinion that it’s hard to understand what’s going on. I figured that for making a movie about a guy who’s been locked up for a few decades, the story would have to be spruced up a bit to turn into a full-length film. I’m a new fan of Tom Hardy, so I’m giving it a chance and it should be arriving tomorrow through my Blockbuster @Home. At least if it’s terrible, I won’t feel like I wasted any money since I get unlimited rentals from them every month. BTW -Your theater looks freaking sweet!