Step right up: Here’s the trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson, which is about the UK’s Charles Bronson, a violent psychopath who spent 34 years in prison (30 in solitary confinement), and we’re left to wonder why he’s violently insane. Go prison system!
Anyway, it’s based on a true story, which is the compelling life of Michael Gordon Peterson, who adopted the Bronson name after prison basically unearthed his Id. He went to prison for seven years when he was 19 (for stealing 26 pounds), but because of crimes committed in prison (which included over 12 hostage situations), he ended up there for over 30. Since 1974, Broson has only spent a little over four months outside of prison.
The movie — which debuted at Sundance — has been met with fairly stellar reviews. It’s got a Kubrick stylishness, but I’m not so intrigued by some of the more experimental tricks. It looks more violently trippy than coherent. Makes for a great trailer, but I can’t say I’d be excited about spending two hours with Bronson