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...
Mickey Peterson (played by a barely recognizable Tom Hardy) is a man who wants to be famous but knows his limitations. Having no discernible talents, he embarks on a failed robbery & winds up receiving 7 years in the clink (extended for reasons I won't give away). Here he develops a penchant for violence yet somehow Hardy creates a largely likeable character. Very funny in spots & a really rather remarkable film. Not for the faint hearted but well worth a watch.
If you loved Chopper then I would highly recommend this film. It is about a British citizen who changes his name to Charles Bronson, and his incredible story. He has spent 34 years in prison, 30 of those years in solitary confinement. He has never killed a person. The film is told by the character of Bronson, in between scenes of him taking hostages and causing general havoc for the prison officials, he tells his story in a theatrical manner to an audience in a theatre and to us the viewer. Beautiful cinematography and just an all round interesting film shot and told in a unique manner.
I was unable to stay awake during this film it was so bad. The acting from the main character was of WWF promo quality with none of the tounge in cheek humour. Thankfully the film is only 92 minutes long although you will regret losing those precious minutes for the rest of your life. If you are the sort of person who fawns over the 'gritty' dialogue of the Guy Ritchie films, think Danny Dyer is a top geezer or laughs at roadkill then this is the movie for you, if not stay away. A disgrace to the name of the actor.
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