Photos from Bronson – Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, 2008. If you have an aversion to vulgarity, violence, nudity, and generally amoral behavior, you might want to steer clear of Bronson, the portrait of Charles Bronson, Britain’s most famous criminal (or, as the DVD cover puts it, “one of the world’s most violent prisoners”). Bronson has been compared to A Clockwork Orange, but it often felt to me akin to a more recent film, There Will Be Blood, in its intense study of a single man’s all-consuming quest. That said, Bronson is a highly unique creation, stylistically striking thanks to Refn’s fine shot selection and effective use of static shots (it sounds odd, especially in a movie as violent as Bronson, but a lot of the film’s power comes from its ability to do odd things visually that don’t always seem to jive with the character at hand). Tom Hardy gives a whirlwind performance that puts him on par with some of film’s best active leading men. Hardy’s portrayal of Bronson is an impressive feat, considering he’s on screen for nearly the entirety of the film’s run time. Certainly not for everyone, but Bronson is an eccentric, entertaining journey for anyone down to jump in Bronson’s cell.