Friday, 22 April 2011

MY HIT LIST: TONY

Tony: London serial Killer
The Debut film from British director Gerard Johnson is an unsettling, disturbing, grim yet fascinating movie. Peter Ferdinanado is superb as the outcast who has a severe case of social ineptitude coupled with a predilection for B Movie action films starring Gary Busey, Rutger Hauer and the like. His way of dealing with his blank existence is to kill. It's obvious comparator is Henry: portrait of a serial killer. The way in which Tony dispatches his victims has a mundanity and ambivalence about it. It is set in and around Dalston and Essex Road North London and it paints a grim landscape in which Tony wanders aimlessly without a direction; literally and in life. The first we see of him is walking through a litter strewn Dalston market, empty of people, and at the end of the movie he is seen in the heart of London's beating west end. He is an outsider in both contexts. What is compelling about this debut is the way in which we are both repelled by and feel sympathy towards Tony. There is no trite, happy ending, no sting in the tail; we are left to draw our own conclusions about what happens to Tony. It is also worth a special mention for the soundtrack, composed and performed by The The; it is beautiful, haunting and stays with you long after the end credits. Much like the film, minus the beauty.
the beautiful and haunting Score by The The
TONY: London Serial Killer Trailer
TONY original Trailer

2 comments:

  1. I've never heard of this film and as I read your review I thought, at first, it was a wind up designed to hook North London Gary Busey fans. But, no, it's real and I can't wait to see it.

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  2. watched it a few months ago and by far my favourite film of 2011. i keep watching it from time to time. a little gem that's vastly underrated and should be known more widely. i find it compares well with American Psycho but in a totally British kind of way. not to be missed!

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