Tony (I) (2009)
Runtime : 76 min
Genre : Drama, Horror, Thriller
Movie Release : January 2010 (USA)
Director: Gerard Johnson
Writer: Gerard Johnson
Stars: Peter Ferdinando, Frank Boyce, Lorenzo Camporese
A thriller centered on a serial killer in a rundown London suburb.
Tony is a dark character study focusing on a week in the life of Tony, a British serial killer living in a London tower block. A socially awkward individual, Tony kills because it seems to be his only way to resolve difficult social situations. It is easier for him to commit murder than to relate to other people.
To a certain extent, the film’s examination of Tony resembles the 1980s film, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Peter Ferdinando’s performance rivals that of Michael Rooker in the latter film, giving Tony depth and sympathy. However, the film has a class context that sets it apart from the earlier work.
Paralleling Tony’s bleak existence is the blighted section of London he lives in. Walking aimlessly through poor neighborhoods and interacting with their inhabitants, Tony’s behavior comes to seem an understandable reaction to his social environment. Indeed, many of the people he encounters come across as even more savage in their own ways, whether through overt aggression or bureaucratic indifference.
The film does have some flaws that prevent it from being a true classic. There are a number of scenes dedicated to establishing Tony’s lack of social skills, which at times come across as overkill. Given that the film originated as a short film, these scenes seem like filler meant to bring it to feature length. Nevertheless, this British film is definitely worth a rent.