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Donkey Punch

by on Nov.13, 2009, under Daily Review

Like a late night edition of Hollyoaks with a big budget, this film gleams in talent both in front of the camera and behind. The acting is first class and very impressive for such a young cast which is reassuring for the future of DonkeyPunch05British cinema. Nice choreography and very well directed offering a rock solid, sleek and glossy product which just begs to be enjoyed.

The basic plot involves a bunch of twenty something Brits holidaying in Majorca, ending up on board of a luxury yacht and heading out into the med for a bit of a party. Everything’s great until one of the lads takes things a bit too far. With the first death on their hands, they scheme around saving their own necks, which results in double crossing, lies and further trouble. It’s all good fun and the cast have a lot to play with regarding their roles and the script which is sharp and snappy.

Some great vicious, attacks include an off-board motor to the neck, which could have been much gorier, but this film seems to buck against the current trend of ‘all out gore and torture’ and offer something a bit more thought provoking: the moment of the donkey punch itself made my jaw drop. Real shocking scene. It’s also the moment in the film that the whole mood changes. Prior, the piece is well lit, bright and sunny and life is great. Post donkey punch offers us a sudden change in contrast; darkness, tears and those glossy care free characters suddenly look real as hell with the weight of the world on their shoulders. Credit to Oliver Blackburn who directs, what is a very simple story of trouble on the high seas and keeps the viewer interested for the full 99mins and gets the most out of his very young cast. Jaime Winstone, Julian Morris and Robert Boulter offer great performances, as do the rest of the cast but Jay Taylor is excellent. Nice soundtrack too.

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