A very dark noir, a lonely journey through a leaden night
Alain Delon is perfect as the pale, obsessed and taciturn lone wolf
Tony Arzenta is an excellent example of just how dark a noir can be. The film exudes gloom and desperate helplessness, it is a lonely journey through a night characterised by fantastically leaden photography. Luxuriously packaged in a variety of suggestive European locations, and boasting a full armament of ambushes, chases and shootouts, nonetheless the film remains a macabre dance without any prospect of earthy redemption (and perhaps not in the next life either), punctuated by explosions of extreme violence. Alain Delon (who also produced) is perfect as the pale, obsessed and taciturn avenger, capable of moments of ice-cool ferocity and scenes of great emotional intensity.
Tony Arzenta is a killer in the pay of a powerful international criminal organisation. He decides to quit, but knows far too much. His ex-bosses blow his car up, killing his wife and daughter. Tony’s revenge is ruthless: one by one, the big fish of the organisation are eliminated. However, just when it seems all over…