Compelling film about a lonely and overstimulated man who goes on a bold journey of self-liberation, set over one day in London.

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Joseph, a customs officer at a London airport, is stuck in a life of routine and no affection. Due to isolation and frustration he’s constantly on the edge and his stressful job doesn’t really add to his mental sanity. As in a – yes – surge he suddenly revolts, leading to a rigorous change of identity. The new Joseph starts on a reckless journey through London, leaving behind him a path of chaos and destruction.

Everything about SURGE is tense. First of all, there’s Ben Whishaw’s hypnotizing, super intense performance. It’s impossible to look away as we see him transforming into an animal-like bolt of energy. The same goes for the sizzling soundtrack and camera handling. All these elements together make SURGE an unforgettable representation of a day on the edge of a psychosis. (wg)

Aneil Karia, UK, 2020, 105 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Ben Whishaw, Ellie Haddington, Jasmine Jobson, Ian Gelder.
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