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Saturday, April 3, 2010

DVD Review: TONY (2009)

The UK serial killer film TONY was written and directed by Gerard Johnson and is being distributed here in the U.S. by Revolver Entertainment. The film follows around the socially inept Tony, and shows how this simple man deals with his problems the only way he knows how..by killing. Here is the full plot synopsis from the Revolver Entertainment website:

A week in the life of Tony, an alienated psychopath with severe social problems, an obsession for action films and a horrible moustache. Unemployed and unemployable, Tony prowls the streets, his nervous attempts to make human connections rebuffed by laughter or contempt. Occasionally he snaps, and violence is the result…

This is a very dark film, and very disturbing on many levels. The camera follows around Tony as he walks the streets of London and we see how socially awkward Tony really is, through his many attempts at making conversations with normal people. Tony lives alone and is at his best when he is alone, and prefers it that way. The few times he tries to bring someone over to his apartment ends up bad, as Tony always manages to mess things up and has to deal with them the only way he knows how. The scenes of the killings are pretty disturbing and will definitely have an effect on the viewer. Also to note, is the scenes that take place after the killings, which show Tony disposing of the bodies. He has everything worked out perfectly and you can tell he has done this many times before. Tony has killing down to an art, and he is a masterpiece of his medium.
The acting in this film is remarkably well done, especially on the part of lead actor Peter Ferdinando who plays Tony. He is extremely believable as the troubled introvert Tony. The supporting cast does an excellent job as well. The music in the film is very well done also, including an exceptional score by British musician Matt Johnson of the 80's band The The.
The film has received some comparisons to the 1986 classic HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER and I feel that is very warranted. This film is gritty and disturbing. It is a classic in the making that I'm sure will be talked about for years to come.

TONY will be released on dvd this Tuesday, April 6th and is available for preorder now from Revolver Entertainment.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for TONY
CLICK HERE to visit the official website for the film TONY
CLICK HERE to visit the official website of Revolver Entertainment and pre-order your copy of TONY on dvd

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