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Great True Crime Actioner – BRONSON

BRONSON could just as easily be known as “The Tom Hardy Show.”

After discovering The Pusher trilogy (1996-2005) I became increasingly interested in director Nicolas Winding Refn. All three films were incredible, both as stand-alone narratives and as an interwoven mega-story. Since watching those films I’ve often wondered – aloud and to myself – what else the Danish director had cooking. Enter Bronson (2008): a confirmation of Refn’s talent, Bronson is a beast of a film. As the titular character, actor Tom Hardy brings his A game. His performance as Michael Peterson – the man who would become “Charles Bronson” – is the stuff of cinematic legend, and I doubt he’ll ever have trouble getting work from hereon out. He lets it all hang out, and is an absolute demon in this film, as volatile as it comes: one moment he’ll rip off your arm and the next he’ll have you in hysterics. Refn reinforces the fact that he’s a directorial talent on the rise with this kinetic piece of film, which at a brisk 93 minutes never once wears out its welcome. It was recently announced that Refn wants to direct the Wonder Woman film. Watching Bronson this bit of information might leave you scratching your head as to why, but I think DC and the powers that be should take a gamble and let him. I’d bet the farm the end result would be anything but boring.

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