When his brother is murdered Joe (Martin Compston) finds solace in an old family friend, Piggy (Paul Anderson). Piggy helps Joe to cope with his grief, intent on saving him and helping him get justice for his brother's killing. But as their friendship grows Joe finds himself in an increasingly dangerous world of violence and revenge. Soon Joe's life begins to collapse around him as he starts to question who Piggy really is, culminating in a brutal, disastrous climax that will stay with you forever.
Low budget revenge / vigilante thriller - but quite well done
- Piggy review by RP
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This is a low budget revenge / vigilante thriller - but quite well done, of its type.
The story goes something like this: Joe is a shy and retiring young man whose outgoing older brother John seems to be his best - and only - friend. After a minor altercation John is killed in a fight outside a pub. Joe mooches in his room until a knock on the door reveals Piggy, claiming to be an old friend of his brother. Piggy is a hard man, direct and brutal, and involves Joe in violent revenge on the yobs responsible for his brother's death. Err, that's it...
But is Piggy real or fantasy? Is it a tale of Joe's solitary descent into violence as he broods on how a weakling could get revenge? That's up to the viewer - but suffice to say that for a low budget film it's very well acted, the dialogue is good, and the locations are realistic. I enjoyed it (can one 'enjoy' a violent, brutal revenge film? - but you know what I mean...).
I'll give it 4/5 stars, although that may be a little high.
[Aside: the film appears to be set around Camden / Chalk Farm / Kentish Town, although the pub scene was filmed in the 'Prince Of Wales' in Mottingham Road, SE London - if locals don't mind me describing Mottingham as in SE London!]