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Critic Reviews for Tony
Not a reassuring vision, for sure, and no tourist plug for Dalston, Hackney or Haggerston, but the film's a fair calling card for Johnson's talent.
Dalston's answer to American Psycho, and it's almost every bit as good.
An impressively restrained and quietly disturbing little psycho-thriller.
Not cheery, but gripping, against-the-odds funny and uncomfortably unique. Johnson and Ferdinando are certainly now names to watch.
The problem is that there's no character development, no revelations and no epiphany. The film is merely nauseating.
Audience Reviews for Tony
In many ways, Tony feels like a modern British version of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer; however, it features a more prominent black humor streak than Henry. Funny, twisted, and well-crafted, Tony represents that rare blend of artistry and horror that many aficionados of the genre crave and so seldom find.
86% And I thought it was the Americans who watch to much TV. Tense, but not made up of the stuff that is HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. The director dedicated this serial killer film to his mum, which I thought was kind of strange...
In Tony, the title character (played very convincingly by Peter Ferdinando) is a soft-spoken, middle-aged nerd who enjoys old action movies. He's severely withdrawn from the world, unable to speak or relate to others, and has never worked a job in his life. One other important fact about Tony is his penchant for murder. In fact, Tony murders on a regular basis, whether it's druggies, men he picks up at gay bars, etc. At a mere 75 minutes, Tony never strives to be complex or hard to follow, but instead a simple portrayal of a simple killer who inability to connect with the world causes him to outburst so easily on those who confuse or anger him. When a young boy goes missing in town, the father immediately assumes it's Tony's doing and we watch as everything in Tony's life comes dangerously close to unfolding. Like I said, the film is simple yet sophisticated enough to be enjoyed mostly by the smarter movie watcher. Those looking for quick release won't get it here at all, despite the film's overly short runtime. A lot have compared it to the English answer to American classic Henry; Portrait of a Serial Killer and I couldn't agree more. It's dark, gritty, and covered in gloom, yet you somehow feel for this monstrous character. Overall, Tony is an excellent watch, one of the better "horror" films I've seen this year. Good film.
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