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RE: Harsh Viewing. - 20/7/2009 10:20:40 PM   

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with a excellent pefomance by Tom Hardy, a far cry considering from RocknRolla as a skinny guy to a beefed up and scary to look at man.

I would say Tom Hardy is shaping up to be one of the UK's truly bona fide method actors; I reckon there is greatness on the horizon for him.

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RE: Bronson - 21/7/2009 8:03:56 AM   


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As some have said this featured a very good turn by Hardy in the lead role but I just found the whole premise wafer thin and I grew bored by the film fairly quickly. Yes, it certainly has some nice artistic touches in it, it is well made, no doubt, but at the end of the day the story verges on being non existent and going on this film, Bronson just isn't an interesting enough character to base a feature length film around. How many times do I have to see a beating accompanied by classical music in the one film too? I actually nodded off at one stage during this. 2/5

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RE: Bronson - 26/7/2009 11:22:51 PM   

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Hyper-derivative, massively flawed, and can't make up it's mind what it wants to be.  Investing so much time in motifs and framing devices that it arbitrarily drops throughout then clumsily re-introducing them at inopportune moments.

I almost forgot to mention that's its utterly, utterly fucking brilliant!

Not a biopic, but a Bowie-esque piece of sci-fi.  Riffing off, not ripping off Clockwork Orange and Chopper, the second hour sees this quixotic masterpiece plough its own furrough culminating in a live-art Magritte gag.

Full review to follow.  But utterly, utterly fucking brilliant.


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RE: Bronson - 7/8/2009 9:05:31 PM   

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Saw this today and absolutely loved it. Great performance by Hardy,darkly comic and brilliant soundtrack Also, got to mention the funny turn by Peep Show's Matt King as the extremely camp prisoner

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Bronson - 29/3/2010 10:50:36 PM   

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Great performance. But shock wears off early on, and much of the film's power disappears in first hour

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- 3/4/2010 12:50:33 PM   


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Love this movie. Like Chopper, this is a darkly comic representation of a thug's persona that hints at the human frailties and real tragedy of the man without hitting anyone over the head with its moralising. Hardy's performance is equally funny and frightening, and his physical transformation for the role is De Niro-esque. With its orchestral themes and stark cinematography you can see that the Clockwork orange comparisons are well founded, but that doesn't mean this isn't the most original british film to come out in a long time. This movie is a cut so far above the average british crime flick that it is barely worth mentioning. if you don't believe me just imagine what it could've been in the hands of a gimp like Nick Love and you'll appreciate Bronson even more!

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RE: - 27/7/2010 11:43:07 AM   
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Wicked film. This kind of movie is not normally somthing I'd go out of my way to catch but I'm glad I did. At turns funny and frightening but overall brilliant. Hardy is excellent and the score is ace.


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RE: Response to Empire Review - 27/7/2010 11:51:49 AM   

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Tom Hardy makes this for me as the rest of it is rather a mesh of surreal, brutal drama trying to be a bit too clever for its own good. I like surreal films but this needed some more meat, maybe a bit more focus on the background story and more of a dive into Bronson's character, it's a good film but certainly not a great one.




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RE: Response to Empire Review - 1/8/2010 11:39:00 PM   

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Great film, watched this the other day expecting a pretty boring bio-pic but was very pleasantly surprised, a story well told and well acted with a cracking soundtrack too



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RE: Response to Empire Review - 6/8/2010 1:46:01 PM   

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Shitey Middle Class blow job to one of Britain's most useless fuckers. If this wank is art i'll stick Stravinsky over Mortal Kombat Annihilation and have done with it.


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RE: Response to Empire Review - 26/9/2011 9:53:11 AM   


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Just watched this over the weekend. Came across as a bit too much style over substance. Would agree with some of the earlier posts about Bronson not really seeming interesting enough to warrant his own movie.

Would even go as far as to say I didn't really like Tom Hardy's performance (and thought he was excellent in the recent Tinker Tailor). It just seemed far too pantomime to be believeable, and not helped by the theatre scenes either. Plus there was way too much voiceover which just came across as a lazy way to tell the story, when it would have been far more interesting to learn about the character through the actual plot rather than his endless ramblings. Disappointing.

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- 16/10/2011 11:11:42 AM   
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Hardy some thick bast**d

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RE: - 18/12/2011 11:55:09 AM   

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Good film but feel it would have been better if it was just played straight down the line, the pissing about with him being the ringmaster etc wasnt washing





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Good, not great - 7/2/2013 1:19:16 PM   
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Despite Refn's stylish direction and Hardy's terrific performance, this is still a poor man's Chopper. And even that movie was no masterpiece. Unlike Raging Bull and A Clockwork Orange (where you can't help but connect a little with the bastards) with Bronson you just sit there appalled at the acts of this beast of a human being.

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