Antony movie review: This ‘claustrophobic thriller’ tests your patience

Instead, we get a sloppy montage that rushes through the possibilities. Antony movie cast: Lal, Rekha, Nishanth, Vaishali
Antony movie director: Kuttiikumar
Antony movie rating: 1.5 stars
Anthony has been promoted as India’s first claustrophobic thriller. Unlike Trapped or 127 hours, we don’t get to know how Antony got into this extraordinary situation at the start. The screenplay of Antony has no life and runs around in circles
For this premise to work as a whodunnit thriller, the plot needs to have formidable suspects. It is almost as if he knew that he would get buried under the sand. Filmmakers usually aspire to achieve a consistent tone. The core emotion of a survival drama is hopelessness. With moments and plot points all over the place, I started to feel like the poor Antony who is stuck under sand piles. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Each frame of Antony looks like a photograph, with some colouring that is impractical but aesthetically pleasing. The car is his Akshaya Patra — Antony conjures things that one would rarely expect in a car. The visuals do grab your eye. Antony is a survival drama, like 127 hours or even Trapped. Thinking out loud about the limited water he has, Antony takes a swig of the bottle. And tens of minutes later, impure water droplets miraculously seep down through a crack in the car glass. The memory or vision he is recreating in his mind is now visually framed with red. By the end of the film, I was the one who had a bout of claustrophobia, waiting to rush out of the theatre. That’s it. But in Antony, the hero gets a ready-made survival kit. He wonders what would happen if he drinks it all. Each frame looks like a photograph, with some colouring that is impractical but aesthetically pleasing. There’s a scene where Antony sceptically looks at his partially filled water bottle. But here each frame, in isolation, looks like a pretty photograph. Here is where the film tries to make a crossover into ‘whodunnit’ thriller. A good film leaves you with myriad possibilities. He seems to have different kinds of cellophane tape, wire mesh and hollow rods just lying around in the car. While Antony struggles to survive, his father George (Lal, playing an ex-cop) tries to figure out what happened to his missing son. The screenplay has no life and runs around in circles. Sub-Inspector Antony and his car get buried under mounds of sand and muck when he is on his way to marry his girlfriend. The writing is just lazy. The effect is greatly marred by the incoherent background score and to a great extent, the film itself. When you’re expecting Anthony to grapple with this, he stops in mid-sentence and gulps the water down. We witness and experience the helplessness of the survivor as he runs out of resources, utilities and finally, hope. But walking out of Antony, I had one dominant realisation — I never knew 105 minutes could feel like a lifetime. The definition of claustrophobia is the ‘extreme or irrational fear of closed or confined spaces’. There is absolutely no structure to the screenplay. We are given vague, half-baked motives, with random moments of Antony prancing around as the ‘tough cop’ pushed in. At the end of each film, there is a thought or a question that generally stays with you. As we get a much-deserved interval break, one realises that the story hasn’t even inched forward. Instead, they could have just focused on the survival part. 2018-06-01T06:26:17+05:30″>
Published: June 1, 2018 6:26:17 am

Antony review: Anthony has been promoted as India’s first claustrophobic thriller. However, the frames of Antony show some effort. It could have helped us survive the film. Also, you don’t understand his actions half the time. Also, this is the second film after Abhiyum Anuvum that has a climax which makes the film’s struggle pointless. In particular, I loved the frame that comes after Antony gets hit and his vision in bloodied.