Piggy, admittedly passed its way across our desk for one reason – Martin Compston and his ability to act in the best possible way. This is our way of saying “Yes, we do look at the benefits of other upcoming actors and actresses”, and as such we have to bring to everyone’s attention this Raw, Gritty and very Violently Passionate film of the extent in which one man will go through to “Avenge” the death of his brother. But, as well as this, we have to point out that if this film could have received a 21 Certificate, then without a doubt it would have.
Here is the Storyline of PIGGY: 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’s 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.
Our 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 darkside of life that is not the Rabbit Hole to Kansas.
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 fulfill 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.
The DVD Archive Rating: 8/10
A more in-depth review of this film will follow soon on its own page, until then, we give you the Official Trailer. And a word to the wise is that this is not a “Chick Flick”, nor a film to sit snuggled up with your girlfriend or boyfriend, this is British Grit at its highest…You have been warned.
Piggy (Official Trailer) 2012