Piggy Movie Review

0
0
Subscribe Martin Compston
Stylish filmmaking makes this dark thriller worth a look, even if the tricky premise feels rather stale. We understand from the start what writer-director Hawkes is doing here, so the way it plays out feels frustratingly flat, especially as the grisliness escalates.

Working as a messenger in London, Joe (Compston) is a loner who doesn't like to be around people but is bored with his repetitive, numb life. Things improve when he reconnects with older brother John (Maskell) and his girlfriend Claire (Dylan). But Joe is terrified of violence, and rightly so, as both he and John are attacked in the streets. Then he meets John's street-thug friend Piggy (Anderson), who wears a rubber pig-nose as a disguise. He makes Joe feel eerily safe as he teaches him how to get revenge.

Narrated by Joe as an explanation for his descent into violence, it's hard not to immediately figure out exactly where this is heading. This gives the film a strong whiff of pretentiousness, as do the ponderous voiceover and surging score. Although along with the lushly dark photography, this over-egged filmmaking style does give the the movie a moody tone that draws us in. Like Joe, our main question is who Piggy really is. This seems plainly obvious, but is it?

Hawkes is certainly a gifted filmmaker, making the most of the settings and situations while drawing emotionally resonant performances from the actors.

Even the violent scenes, which are sudden and vicious, are layered with emotion as Joe struggles to grasp the horror of the grisly situations he stumbles into.

Compston is terrific as a sort of innocent young man struggling to accept the darkness within himself. And the sometimes cartoonish Anderson is a terrifying, haunting presence goading him forward.

In the end, this is essentially a souped-up B-movie trawl into man's innate tendency toward violence. Filmmaker Hawkes invests it with so much atmosphere that we can't help but think he had delusions of grandeur: it's not nearly as slick or insightful as it looks, and often feels lumbering. Although provocative acting and directing make it watchable, the plot's lack of originality leaves us somewhat unimpressed. Which also means that the emotional punch misses the mark.

Cast & Crew

Director : Kieron Hawkes

Producer : Leo Pearlman, Danny Potts

Starring : , , , Roland Manookian, , , Lorenzo Camporese, Josh Herdman

0
0
Subscribe Martin Compston

Comments

Piggy Rating

" Weak "

Rating: 18, 2012

Advertisement

More Martin Compston

Jed Mercurio to Adapt Lady Chatterley's Lover for BBC One

The BBC can’t get enough of Jed Mercurio; The Line of Duty creator is embarking on a third series of his popular crime drama, and...

Line of Duty Creator on Ending: "I'm Sorry Some People Have Been Disappointed"

'Line of Duty' has been hailed as one of the U.K’s best crime dramas alongside Luther and Broadchurch. But unlike those two shows – which...

BBC2's "Line Of Duty" Returns To Disappointing Ratings, Loses Out To Comfy And Familiar "Midsummer Murders"

When the BBC crime drama Line of Duty debuted two years ago, it was the biggest new drama the channel had had in a while....

The Critics Are Delighted With Line of Duty's Return

If there’s one thing the British viewing public love, it’s a solid crime drama, and Line of Duty delivers in spades. The critics have been...

Advertisement

Filth Movie Review

As another full-on Irvine Welsh adaptation Trainspotting did in 1996, this bracingly original movie puts a new filmmaker on the map. Not only is this...

Filth Trailer

This trailer is only suitable for persons aged 18 or over.Bruce Robertson is a vile, devious and emotionally disturbed individual who also happens to be...

Sister Movie Review

A bracingly honest approach to flawed characters makes this small-scale Swiss drama thoroughly involving. And moving too. Most intriguing is how the writers and director...

When the Lights Went Out Movie Review

Based on an outrageous true story, this is essentially Britain's own Amityville Horror, as a family haplessly moves into a house occupied by a noisy,...

Advertisement