This is a really fun film. It's careful not to take itself too seriously, but it doesn't make a joke of itself, either. 'Kontroll' is set in the underworld of the metro tunnels of an unnamed time and place. Although, without any real evidence that the film is set in the future, Antal did an incredible job giving it this dystopian sort of vibe. The main character never leaves the tunnels, and by proxy, neither do...↓
Our Daily Free Stream: Kontroll (engl. subt.). Nimrod Antal hat seinen Debüt Film in den Bahnhöfen und Schächten der Budapester Untergrundbahn inszeniert. Wer mal in Budapest war, der weiss, wie tief die Schächte unter der Erde liegen. Es ist schon ein Erlebnis an sich, mit der Rolltreppe herabzufahren! Drehen durfte Antal nur während der Zeiten, in denen keine Züge verkehren.. mehr auf cinegeek.de
The young director attempts a metaphoric tale using the darkened world of Budapest's metro/underground rail system. The characters are essentially ticket checkers, who in turn are monitored by psychiatrists, the metro's bureaucrats and the police above ground (who you never see on screen but are referred to). Unfortunately, the film is not anywhere near the class of Istvan Szabo's "Budapest Tales".
Excellent movie with both ambition and style to burn. The script is great, the characters interesting and the direction assured. I was sometimes reminded of early Luc Besson when it comes to the poetic and quirky moments. I also love the dark undertones and the metaphorical aspects of the story. And the best thing is that Hollywood has not tried to remake it yet.
I always knew ticket 'Kontrollers' have a dark side. With the storyline taking place just in one location (The Hungarian subway), this film never gets dull. You'll be greeted by a dark yet pleasant action, based on some stereotyped characters revolving around the inner battle of the main character Bulcsú. Oh, and there's that funny and adorable bunny woman. I'm only sorry it took me until now to watch this.