bronson titleIt has been a while since we last did a Based On A TRUEsday Story (a play on the words True Story and Tuesday) and since Tom Hardy is coming out with Mad Max: Fury Road in May, I figured I would watch one that caught my eye on Netflix. The film is called Bronson and it’s a fictionalized biographical look at England’s most notorious prisoner Michael Peterson (Hardy) who was renamed Charlie Bronson by his bare knuckle boxing promoter after he decided that he didn’t like Michael’s name. He is born to a middle class family, but the man is just out of control and it affected him his whole life as he lands himself in prison for most of his life where he spent 30 years of it in solitary confinement. It’s the wild and crazy tale that he tells from his perspective and it truly is wild and insane. The film also stars Kelly Adams (My Last Five Girlfriends) as Irene, Luing Andrews (The Oxford Murders) as Hysterical Screw, Katy Barker (Here Lies) as Julie, Amanda Burton (Peak Practice) as Charlies Mum, Andrew Forbes (Incognito) as Charlies Dad, Matt King (RocknaRolla) as Paul Daniels, James Lance (Marie Antoinette) as Phil, Hugh Ross (Trainspotting) as Uncle Jack, and the film was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives). 

bronsonYou are all probably wondering how much of this film is factual and how much of it is exaggerated and that is a good question. What apparently is true is that he was a troubled prisoner often getting into fights with fellow inmates and prison guards as he was moved around through about 120 different prisons in Her Majesty’s Prison System and was referred to by the press as the most violent prisoner. This is apparently him in his own words, “I’m a nice guy, but sometimes I lose all my senses and become nasty. That doesn’t make me evil, just confused.” Tom Hardy is beginning to be one of my favorite actors around and he puts on one hell of a performance as the loose cannon. The film is dark and very violent at times and I have to say that the real Michael Peterson must have been one hell of a guy to study. It’s hard to believe that someone was as crazy as this guy, but nevertheless the style of the film is also different. There are times when Tom Hardy is on stage performing in front of a crowd as he tells his story as it balances out between that and the actual scenes themselves. If you want to check out some great work from Tom Hardy then check out this film. I am giving it an A- for a final grade.

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