by Xavier Toby in New Film on Monday 5 April 2010

This is a biography of Britain’s most famous prisoner. Charles Bronson is a psycho who’s spent over thirty years in solitary confinement. Like a very entertaining accident, this film is without much explanation, much like Bronson himself, but does keep you captivated. Although you can barely watch at times, as it’s so brutal, you won’t look away.

Bronson has a decent sense of humour and the performance of Tom Hardy in the lead role is one of the finest this year. The highly stylised production and direction takes what could have been an overly simplistic story and gives it necessary depth, but one jarring aspect was Bronson’s perfect teeth. Considering the beating the man takes, how is possible that he’s never even chipped a tooth?