Critic Consensus: Kontroll is a smart thriller that's dark, gritty, and funny.
Screenwriter Nimrod Antal makes an impressive directorial debut in this surreal, atmospheric and entirely subterranean black comedy-thriller about transit officials in a Budapest subway dealing with unruly riders and a serial killer. Sandor Csanyi, Zoltan Mucsi, Csaba Pindroch, Sandor Badar, Zsolt Nagy, Bence Matyassi.
|Rating:||R (for language, some violence and brief sexuality)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Nimród Antal|
|Written By:||Krisztina Kelemen, Jim Adler, Nimród Antal|
|In Theaters:||Apr 1, 2005 Limited|
|On DVD:||Aug 30, 2005|
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Critic Reviews for Control
You don't need a deep, dark forest to tell an unsettling fable about the struggle for freedom or the battles waged between the shadows and the things that glow.
As a group of episodes, the movie keeps our interest not by linear plot, but by finely drawn characterizations.
Antal keenly juggles black comedy, character types and genre styles, making the most of the weird angles and inherent dark creepiness of his chosen backdrop.
Kontroll is the first work by a director who is clearly gifted and who has found a way to make a full-bore action movie on a limited budget.
Audience Reviews for Control
Solid film about a crew of subway control officers working in the underworld that is the Budapest subway system. The film works as a dark comedy and very gritty thriller.
As mentioned, the film is set entirely within the Budapest subway system. Our main characters are a team of control officers, responsible for checking the tickets for every subway train passenger, due to the subway working by way of the honor system. The lead role belongs to Sándor Csányi, who plays Bulcsu, a man that has been down, underground for way too long. Bulcsu manages to meet a woman, have gritty adventures with his fellow workers, and spend time with an old train diver. While the plot is somewhat episodic, there is the matter of a hooded figure, who is pushing people onto the tracks.
The film was directed by Nimrod Antal, a Hungarian, who has since made a couple simple thrillers, Vacancy and Armored, and is currently working on the Robert Rodriguez produced Predators film. I mention Rodriguez, because Antal strikes me as a guy who works very much like him. His films are low budget, efficiently made, and manage to have a slick feel; delivering a lot with a little. This film is no different, working in one location and making the most with it.
There is a good amount of creativity at play here, and I enjoyed it.
Szofi: [at subway vending machines] Nice place. Come here often?
Bulcsú: Only when I really want to impress a girl.
A crew of borderline-incompetent subway cops ('Kontrollers') deal with abusive commuters, a rash of apparent suicides, and dense symbolism. Shot entirely in the Budapest subway, this accomplished debut mixes elements of comedy, romance, thrillers, and obscure arthouse allegory into a narrative that, against all odds, works.
dark dark dark and funny low budget thriller set in the budapest underground with a host of oddball characters. i really enjoyed this
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