- 1 hr 32 min
The British biographical movie Bronson tells the story of Michael Gordon Peterson, often described in the British media as the most dangerous prisoner in the U.K. jail system and dubbed Charles Bronson by a fight promoter during his short career as a bare knuckle boxer. The film attempts to explain the reasons for Bronson's violent behavior. Although tackling a serious subject Bronson uses humor as it blurs the lines between fiction and fact that reflects the exaggerated life story told by Bronson. Bronson begins in a British jail with the main character explaining directly to the audience his desire to be famous despite having no traditional talents in the entertainment world. Instead, Bronson uses his violent, aggressive behavior to gain the approval of his peers through fear, including school children and the other prisoners. Following his first crime of robbing a chip shop restaurant he works in, Bronson is eventually jailed for robbing a post office; in jail he becomes a hero to the other inmates for his violent behavior towards the prison guards. As his notoriety grows Bronson quickly plays on his prison fame by becoming more violent towards guards and is moved around Britain's jails before being sent to a secure hospital. In the hospital Bronson is sedated each time he attempts to start a fight before eventually attempting to strangle a perverted hospital inmate. Once moved to Britain's famous secure hospital at Broadmoor, Bronson becomes a media figure through his leading of demonstrations and colorful life story. A short release of only 69 days ends with a robbery and Bronson's return to prison; attempts at rehabilitation, such as art therapy end in more violence as Bronson comes to realize he will spend the rest of his life in jail. The 92-minute movie was critically acclaimed, particularly the performance of Tom Hardy as Bronson. Hardy met with Bronson in person to help him create the character and wore a fake mustache made from Bronson's own facial hair during filming.