The Independent Film Forum: 6. Bronson

Our new film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on 'Bronson', directed by Nicolas Winding

Wednesday 18 March 2009 01:00

Salford Roy: "Two 2009 films are essential for me, and they have a tenuous link – 'Star Trek', and 'Bronson'. Former 'Star Trek' (there's yer link!) actor Tom Hardy is truly talented. I regret the prison officers' union has complained about this film. Of course, prison officers never dish out their own violence... Charlie [Bronson] has a story to tell."

Marcus Peerman: "I hated everything about this movie... It's a pretentious apology for a thug, with little talent of any kind on screen."

Randy Carmichael: "A decent film, but not great. There were some nice stylistic things from the director, and good performances. However, I can't help but think of the Australian film 'Chopper', from 2000, on a similar theme. This pales in comparison to 'Chopper', in particular Eric Bana's lead role. 'Bronson' looks like standard "Brit film" mediocrity, but it's not without merit."

Sickofstupidity: "For all its arty pretensions, this is yet another shameful glamorisation of nasty-psychopathic-thug-as-antihero. Why do film-makers persist in this? The people they portray – fictional or, in this case, real – are not nice people; for the most part, they are ignorant, stupid, callous, sadistic sociopaths who are behind bars for a very good reason. Do film-makers consider the harm they might be doing by setting these thugs up as role models? GROW UP! Stop portraying violent criminals as "cool", please!"

Dee Morris: "You say the film glorifies Bronson's violence, but it also shows the self-rehabilitation he's done, against all odds. He's written books and sells art for charities. He is never given recognition for this. [He] is far from the animal the media portray him as."

Overtthesea09: "Another British movie nobody will watch..."

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