Interview: Clive Owen and Andrew Niccol on ANON

Jessica Lone Summers

We spoke to Clive Owen (Children of Men, Inside Man) and Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca, In Time) about their latest film, ANON

Sal Frieland (Clive Owen) a hardy police detective is not short of cases to solve. But, with each one completely lacking in any mystery due to the surveillance system on which society has come to rely, his job is infuriatingly predictable and he's become somewhat bored. 

Stealing glimpses of irregularity when he can, he lets a hotel maid—who has stolen a diamond necklace from an uncouth affluent woman—walk free, simply because he knows it was for her rent and he has the power to do so. 

As it becomes clear the system has been breached and an anonymous killer is on a uniquely executed rampage, Frieland is forced to go on a hunt for a woman (Amanda Seyfried) who is without an identity and catch the killer before they kill again.

The way filmmaker Andrew Niccol orchestrates the theatrics of ANON—often depicting a mind-bending first person view—creates a world in which the viewer feels as if they're right there, following Frieland on his hunt for the killer through the highly surveilled dystopian future.

ANON follows the theme of "what-if" we gave up all privacy rights which is more than highly relavant to our real-life society today. Prepare to be intrigued and thrilled the whole way through, you'll no doubt leave with a deep sense of suspicion for who may be out there watching you.

ANON will be released in UK and Irish cinemas and on Sky Cinema from May 11