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Tony is a loner, he’s unemployable - having lived off state handouts for the last twenty years, and he lives in a grimy council flat, filling his time watching 1980’s action films on VHS. He wanders the streets looking for someone to connect with, but because he’s clearly not normal, people either ignore him or ridicule him.
The only people who will give him the time of day are the lowlife dregs of society; the drug addicts and prostitutes, and even these people treat him with an irritated contempt.
From time to time Tony snaps, and the people who belittle him are dealt a savage blow. Tony keeps the occasional body around the place for company, and talks to it as if it were his friend, the rest; he chops up and puts them in blue carrier bags which he floats off down The Thames. He is a ridiculously clumsy killer and it’s surprising he gets away with it for so long.
What I appreciate about Tony, is the realism, the scuzzy reality of the scourges of Britain’s society, the way they speak, the way they behave – the film is very believable. The film makes no excuses for Tony, it gives us no reason, not once referring to anything in Tony’s past which may be haunting him, so the viewer is left wondering, did the films warp him? Did the fact he’s a social outcast make him crazy? Doubtful, surely he was crazy first and that made him an outcast. The reason is unclear, though we're sure he must have something dark and sinister in his past, Tony is unhinged and that’s all we need to know.
Fantastically directed, with great cinematography and an original Screenplay, together with a very well suited musical score, Tony is certainly one to recommend, however, don't expect a conclusive ending or you could be left wanting!
TONY: LONDON SERIAL KILLER (2009). Director/Writer: Gerard Johnson. Cast: Peter Ferdinando, Neil Maskell, Cyrus Desir, Frank Boyce.