Director: Kieron Hawkes
Writer: Kieron Hawkes
Paul Anderson … Piggy
Martin Compston … Joe
Josh Herdman … Anthony
Louise Dylan … Claire
Neil Maskell … John
Ebony Gilbert … Heather
Ed Skrein … Jamie
Katarina Korbelova … Anthony’s Girlfriend
Benjayx Murphy … The Good-Looking Tube Passenger
Roland Manookian … Craig
Jumayn Hunter … Frank
Colin Burt Vidler … John
Daniel Harland … Mourner at Funeral
Sonny Muslim … Mugger
Johnny Lynch … Prison officer on gate 2
Plot: London, modern day: Joe, a mild mannered young man is bored by his life. When his beloved brother is murdered Joe finds solace in Piggy, one of his brother’s old friends. Piggy helps Joe to cope with grief, intent on saving him and helping him get justice for his brother’s killing. As their friendship grows Joe finds himself in an increasing dangerous and murky world of violence and revenge. As Joe life collapses around him he starts to question who Piggy really is, and how honest he’s really been with him. When Joe confronts Piggy a series of events are put in place that lead to a disastrous climax. Written by Anonymous
Review: The great days and nights of going out for a social drink with family and friends is well and truly over, as Joe and his brother sit drinking in a London pub with their friends, while around them are those who are more for the other side of life’s miseries. When Joe’s brother is singled out and murdered by a London wannabe-gangster gang, he is sent spiralling through a hole on the dark side of life that is not the Rabbit Hole to Kansas.
Before Joe is reunited with his brother and introduced to Clair (Louise Dylan), Joe has lived a life where he is standoffish from the people, and more so the men in the street. His anxiety felt by paranoia and vulnerability brings him to a phase in life where he does not socialise or mix well with others. It is only when he is with his brother John (Neil Maskell) and Claire, that Joe begins to feel as though he belongs, and so, when John is killed through a slight disagreement in the pub the impact hits harder for Joe. When John is gone and there is no day that Joe doesn’t feel angry by the lack of justice, even Claire being around becomes a bitter pill to swallow.
When Joe is befriended by Piggy, an old family friend of his late brother, the two help even the score and bring balance to the scales of justice which saw Joe’s brother being murdered in cold blood on the streets. For this, only Piggy can show Joe the way to break free from his secluded shell in which he lives day by day. Only by acting upon the hurt and heartbreak of losing the only one friend and brother he loved can Joe move on from the pain. And only by following Piggy through the chasms of vengeance can Joe find his way back to a world where he can choose the direction in which to continue a normal life…
Piggy is an “Ultra-Violent” movie that has to be watched to understand the premise and the reasons behind the seeking of vengeance, not being half watched and judged on the blood, gore and violence that make up the half measure of this man’s torment and loss of insight into why the police seem to be failing him and his brother’s girlfriend in finding the killer’s. The road it would seem is as tainted and dark as any other road that a person would walk when faced with death, except, with the introduction of Piggy, the path that Joe walks is with company and drive to fulfil only that which anger shouts out in the heat of the moment.
The extreme graphical violence which is given out during this film can in most cases make the skin crawl, the stomach churn, and we reckon at some points where the realistic views of cutting, stabbing and stomping into pulp a man’s head, could well result in the very contents of anyone’s stomach leaving their body via the mouth – it really is that graphic. But, saying this, there are plenty of other films out there in the USA, Brazil, China and even Australia, where the “Ultra-Violence” styles are made to see just how long a viewer can keep their chicken fried rice, Mexican Salsa or their King Prawns down for, before they are overcome with the urge to excuse themselves long before the end credits start to roll.
Piggy is a British made gritty movie with a genuine bloody plot and sub-plot that will have the viewer in complete awe through the 106 minutes that it runs for. By the end of the credits, it will be support for one of the main casting character’s, but certainly not both together, as it continues to go from dark to darker with the storyline itself.
DVD Archive Rating: 8/10
Additional Information: None
Official Website: None
Budget & Takings: $900,000 (estimated
Runtime: 106 minutes
© Marcus De Storm 2011
Piggy (Official Trailer) 2012