I saw Bronson last night. I didn’t think much of the movie initially, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was quite entertaining. Bronson tells the story and life of real life Welsh criminal Charles Bronson, who spent 30 of the last 34 years in solitary confinement in prison. The solitary confinement is due to the fact that he kept taking hostages and was extremely violent. He is still in jail.
The film is well made and is quite good. It’s narrated by Tom Hardy, the actor portraying Bronson, in an almost comic fashion. There are naturally some disturbing scenes, such as the time that Bronson spent in Broodmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Instead of having to deal with the prisoner, they just placed him in a chemically induced prison. The film portrays Bronson as an extremely violent man, who killed just to get out of his seemingly despondent predicament. He killed in order to get out of the hospital.
His idiotic robberies seem to be a way of lashing out or a way to return to jail. Since 1974, he has spent 121 free outside of jail. He was 22 when he was first incarcerated.