If you thought you were a tough S.O.B, think again!
Charlie Bronson (Tom Hardy) — who’s been jailed for nearly 35 years — attempts to dissect the real man behind the deranged persona. While Bronson’s primary ambition was to be famous, he became a celebrity of sorts as a criminal who seized myriad opportunities to demonstrate extreme and terrorizing savagery.
There is actually a Charlie Bronson out there, who is still in jail, kicking ass, and not finding a boyfriend. I was so interested on knowing who, and what this guy was really like until, I actually saw this film.
My main problem with this film is that we don’t get any insight into this character at all. We see him beat the shit out of everybody he meets, but why is the real question. That answer never comes, and I could tell that the film just turns up the bad-ass here, in attempt to actually get our minds off the fact that their not actually telling us a real story.
Another problem with this film was that it’s pacing is what takes this down from being a totally gripping piece of work. Even though this theatrical narration was weaved throughout the entire film, it still felt a little disconnected, almost like it had no real flow at all. Once you get over that minimal length of what a movie needs to be, it just feels like it could end with any of the scenes you’re watching.
However, I must say this film does do a good job as well. I liked the whole narration, where he talks to nameless audience inside his head, because it provided a lot of comedy over the real disturbing happenings in this film. There are also plenty of scenes where Bronson is just kicking the total crap out of guys, and I must say they are all pretty entertaining to watch, especially if you love anarchy.
Bronson himself is such a great character because he’s so unabashedly violent and horrifying, but by the same time you can’t help but actually like him and be him. Tom Hardy totally takes this role as Charlie Bronson, and absolutely makes him that total bad-ass that we hear about, as well as look the part of one scary mofo. I don’t know how Hardy did it, but he really got himself in total shape with this to the point of where I was scared of him. It was hard for me to take my eyes off of him because every scene he has, he just demands, and just seems like the guy that will kick your ass in a second. If I honestly had anything bad to say about Tom Hardy, I wouldn’t because I would be too afraid that he may actually come to my house and punch me in the throat.
Consensus: Tom Hardy’s performance is purely amazing, and there are a lot of awesome ass-kicking scenes, but the script fails at actually being a story, or giving any insight into a real-life person I would have loved to know so much more about.