Rated R · 92 minutes · 2009

Biography, Drama
An arty attempt to tell the story of England’s most violent criminal. Born Michael Gordon Peterson, he changed his name to Charles Bronson, because Charles Bronson = awesome. The film deviates from the true story in a number of ways, notably in being really pretentious and obvious. Bronson still has some interesting moments, but director Nicolas Winding Refn seems so convinced of his own genius that he gives short shrift to the interesting life of Bronson/Peterson and spends too much energy creating film-school artiness. If Refn were more inventive, or more subtle, this would have worked, but instead, the movie becomes a series of symbolic moments that could be deciphered by a fairly intelligent chimp who’d taken a freshman class at Simian University on literary symbology and semiotics. Not to denigrate the chimp, but that course is an easy A.

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Official Site: www.magnetreleasing.com/bronson
Director: Nicolas Refn
Producer: Rupert Preston, Daniel Hansford, Nick Love, Paul Martin, Allan Niblo, James Richardson, Rob Morgan, Simon Fawcett, Suzanne Alizart, Kate Ogborn, Thorhallur Sigurdsson and Thor Sigurjonsson
Cast: Tom Hardy, Hugh Ross, Juliet Oldfied, Jonny Phillips, James Lance and Amanda Burton




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Portland Mercury Almost Famous Charles Bronson—no, not that Charles Bronson—punches his way to fame. by Alison Hallett 11/26/2009
Charleston City Paper Bronson pays homage to Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange It's possible that instead of mother's milk, Danish film school drop-out Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher) nursed at the teat of Stanley Kubrick. With its love of ultraviolence set to classical music and slow tracking shots, Refn's Bronson is a rhapsodic and reverent homage to Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange that often threatens to explode into an imitative wallow in romanticized violence. by Felicia Feaster 11/11/2009

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