Peyton Island has a small population and a small mind too, fearing interference from 'outsiders' from the British mainland. A strict curfew is in place, and mysterious 'Patrolmen', masked militia ensure that nobody breaks the curfew. This is turn is reinforced by Mayor Yorke(Jonathan Hansler) who regularily makes broadcasts on the media, warning about the dangers of freedom of thought and deed and reminding the population of the mythical serial killer Marcus Day, a masked bogeyman who only kills after dark.
Into this mix comes an outsider called Jess(Josh Golga) who questions the whole concept of the curfew and the Island's rules. He befriends local Alex(Chloe Van Harding) but soon Jess vanishes, and it is left to Alex, along with the initially hostile Okie(Anthony Abuah), to try to uncover the sordid secrets of Peyton Island...
Let's get one thing straight from the start. Patrol Men may be ultimately a victim of its own lack of budget, but it is a film so filled to the brim with ideas and invention, that the sometimes amateurish execution can be easily forgiven.
A couple of sequences really stand out for me. Firstly, the opening scene which has a type of stylized sexual violence that seems to have come out of a European Giallo. The second example is when Alex is visited by Marcus Day. This paricular sequence has a great atmosphere.
The acting is pretty decent, and quite a lot of tension is built up throughout the film, only for it to unravel at the end. Still, co-directors David Campion and Ben Simpson should be kept an euye on, as I'm sure they have very bright futures. Somebody just needs to give them a decent budget. There is an interesting, entertaining interview with Campion and Simpson that is the only extra on the disc.
Ultimately, I am giving Patrol Men 4 out of 5, as I really enjoyed it despite its many flaws.