|Starring:||Zsolt Nagy, Zoltan Mucsi, Sandor Badar, Bence Matyasi, Csaba Pindroch, Sandor Csanyi|
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Apr 2005|
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The best film I have rented all year...By TristanWhite (307 reviews) from London, UK , 17 Jun 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]...and I've rented well over a hundred this year so far. Absolutely brilliant from start to finish. That this was not nominated for, let alone won, the foreign language Oscar this year beggars belief. What a brilliant piece of film.
It has something for everyone: suspense, romance, action, drama, top soundtrack, brilliant stunts, hilarious comedy. Shot entirely on the Budapest underground system, this film certainly doesn't endear one to Hungarian public transport so it is no surprise that the film starts with a legal statement read out that this is a work of fiction and that the characters are not representative of the ticket inspectors. Thank god for that.
It start off a little gruesome (a couple of people pushed under trains, although we don't get to see it close-up) but don't let that put you off. It turns into a beautiful romance. But with outstanding stunts (no SFX used in the 'railrun' - that really was carried out!) and sublime cinematography. You really get into the characters, especially the instantly likeable hero Bulcs?. It's a strange film but it works because it has something for everyone. I was in stitches laughing during some scenes, and repelled by a couple of violent scenes, and tearful in others, and joyous at other times (it's a feelgood and inspirational movie, I believe).
All to Neo's pounding soundtrack which is absolutely brilliant (think Run Lola Run but make it a little more Progressive and intelligent). As long as all members of your family are mature enough to deal with two nasty scenes (one person pushed under a train, one involving a throat being cut) then I can say this is one of the best family films you will see this year. I'm off now to email all my friends and family to recommend this beauty to them. 5 out of 5 stars, I'd give it 6 if I could.
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Could have done with a bit more controlBy RJNeb2 (1012 reviews) from London , 06 May 2013Antals calling card movie that took him to Hollywood is a stylishly shabby tale of the eccentrics peopling the Budapest metro system. Its actually rather reminiscent of Luc Bessons Subway albeit a little grubbier and has a raw energy to it that is quite appealing. But its a ramshackle effort that ultimately doesnt really hang together that well.
Was expecting a lot from this film...By gingerspike (432 reviews) from Grimsby , 05 Nov 2012I was looking forward to seeing this film but it never really gripped me as I thought it would. My partner really wasn't interested in it so we turned it off after about half an hour. Maybe I should have given it more time but I didn't really see it going anywhere.
Kontroll - My ReviewBy DaddyTank (228 reviews) from Ulan Bator , 21 Oct 2012Nice to look at (if you like brutalist architecture and 70's fashion) but characters and plot strands are introduced that never really get any attention. Worth watching but I'm not as big a fan as most seem to be of this film.
BUDAPEST METRO GUARDS - Pale but interestingBy ARimbaud (6 reviews) , 25 Jan 2012The film Kontroll , set exclusively in the Budapest metros underground system, is a strikingly dark look at the notorious metro guards and their daily struggles with their prey the non-ticket holders
in all their mostly Magyar variety the loonies, the raddled, ageing, handbag wielding mamas, the young fleet of foot tyros who can outrun anyone, the pimp who never buys a ticket and offers one of his young lovelies in lieu of fares, the drunks and the gays. The heros girlfriend to be, is first shown sitting in the carriage wearing a rabbit/bear suit. The guards are tough guys with foibles and a pallor
to understudy undertakers they never see the light of day. Mainland Europes first metro system is
old and rattley with some original wooden carriages and only four lines. It works very well. A great film and wonderful if you have been there or live in that magnificent city.
Down in the tube station at midnightBy Oldbloke (349 reviews) from Sidmouth , 16 Dec 2011Bulcsu runs a motley crew of ticket inspectors on the Budapest Metro, where their subterranean life is enlivened by bitter rivalries with the other crews, aggressive passengers and a foam spraying youth. More seriously, a hooded killer is on the loose pushing people on the tracks. Highly original dark comedy is frequently hilarious and disturbing. Full of wonderful characters, shame that the Director loses his way a little bit as the humour gives way to more surreal and philosophical elements towards the end, but overall, it's little gem of euro urban wackiness.