July 7, 2009



Saw this and didn’t realize it was Tom Hardy (Handsom Bob from RocknRolla) until months after the fact.  Holy crap? So it’s a movie based on the life of “Britain’s most expensive criminal”. He has spent over 20 years in solitary confinement so far in what appears to be a life sentence that started from a simple robbery that netted £26.18. His jail sentence was raised repeatedly for various in-prison actions that eventually lead to so 120+ prison transfers until it became cheaper just to create a special unit just for him.

The movie is stylized in a awkward Clockwork Orange-esque fashion that almost glorifies Charlie Bronson rather than it’s original aim at detracting from the violence of it all. But it does that too. It’s more like looking through his eyes. Bright colors, self-narrative, brilliant monologues in painted face, and all somewhat whimsical and random. It felt like a comedy encasing a documentary that highlighted a possible injustice. I had mixed feelings on it’s overall message but it was rather enthralling none-the-less.

Lots of full frontal nudity, bare-knuckle boxing, and artistically hilarious cut-scenes. The trailer is perfect for what the film is.



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