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4.0 out of 5 stars Hogs Heaven.
Joe, a downbeat stoner, scampers through the streets of London like a little church mouse, scared of his own shadow, that is until his more street wise brother comes back into his life and tries to perk him up by inviting him out on the town, and trying to prove to Joe, that there's nothing scary about going out and enjoying yourself. Inevitably though, it's not long...
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1.0 out of 5 stars SAY IT AIN'T SO, JOE
The new "Clockwork Orange" so it has been said, Piggy really doesn't gain anything from the comparisons, which are deluded and fatuous. From the Extras, first-time director Kieron Hawkes seems an affable enough bloke, wanting to make films for years and then realising that British audiences liked on-screen savagery. So we get Piggy. Stanley Kubrick, watch out...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hogs Heaven., 15 Jun. 2013
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Arch Stanton (Cornwall, England.) - See all my reviews
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Joe, a downbeat stoner, scampers through the streets of London like a little church mouse, scared of his own shadow, that is until his more street wise brother comes back into his life and tries to perk him up by inviting him out on the town, and trying to prove to Joe, that there's nothing scary about going out and enjoying yourself. Inevitably though, it's not long before this new embracing of London after dark leads to trouble, and with the stabbing of Joe's brother, there's a rather unexpected appearance of the title character at Joe's door. A grubby, vicious, self styled avenger, who seemingly knew Joe's brother and is out for revenge...

This is by no means a great film but it passed the time reasonably well. It's been made on a fairly small budget but is professionally done by all concerned, especially as it's probably many of the crews first feature (I'm guessing). The acting is very good, the effects (particularly a throat slitting) are well handled and although the story doesn't quite come across as fresh or unexpected, it's interesting enough to hold your attention.
The downsides being a reliance and over use of a dowdy, green~bottle, photography throughout, surely there to create an appropriate mood, but coming across as too dark (I'm talking lighting here). Also the camera's reluctance to show us the violence being inflicted. More often than not pulling away from the brutality occurring, to instead focus on the aggressors faces. Whether or not this was an intentional step by the director, in detaching the audience from the actual impact or purely down to budget restraints I'm not sure, but just don't expect the visceral violence of say, The Horseman.
All in all I enjoyed this enough and if you like urban violence and themes of vigilante torture, then for a relatively small price, it's worth a punt.
The dvd comes with a few little interview segments and a making of.
3.5/5 rounded up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brit Revenge Tale with Porcine Disguises, that is really rather good., 11 Nov. 2012
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Joe is one of those kids that doesn't really have that many friends. He is mild mannered, avoids confrontation and is in many ways withdrawn; he lives alone and likes it that way and works at a couriers where he simply wont even try to get along with the other workers. So he is the complete opposite to his gregarious and outgoing brother John (Neil Maskell `Kill List').

Then a misunderstanding in a pub gets taken too far and John is severely beaten in an ambush attack. Joe has lost his only friend and is beside himself with grief. Then Piggy turns up with a full on air of menace and says he was an old school friend of his brothers. He more or less convinces Joe that he wants revenge on those that attacked his brother. That is when he sets Joe on the path to avenger vigilante.

This is a gritty North London revenge tale. It is narrated by Joe (Martin Compston best known for `Sweet Sixteen') and it has a pace and rhythm that buoys it along. Whilst viscerally violent it is not over the top and comes across as very real. The emotions of revenge are ones that most will be able to empathise with and the initial reactions of Joe seem to be very well observed. The downward spiral is something else. Paul Anderson as Piggy gives a remarkable performance, you may remember him from the last Sherlock Holmes movie or indeed `The Firm' 2009 version. He is genuinely engaging, repulsive and scary often in the same scene. He is the one who wants to have `stupid disguises' as that will be the only thing the victim will remember. There is violence, torture obviously some gore. This was a small production with a big ambition and it more or less works, a few teeny plot holes but nothing worth faxing home about.

The use of sound is excellent at telling the bits of the story that you would find too disturbing to watch, the cinematography is to the high end of the value scale and the direction from Kieron Hawkes is spot on. So a gritty Death Wish esque tale of a loner in Camden with a mad tutor tale that is actually very good indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE TO LIFE., 31 May 2014
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THIS FILM HAS GOOD RATINGS,WHICH IS WHAT ATTRACTED ME,WHEN I GOT IT I LOOKED AT ITS COVER AND THOUGHT ANOTHER HEAP OF RUBBISH,WOW !, WAS I WRONG,VERY VIOLENT,NOT TO EVERYONES LIKING I BET,I DONT LIKE THIS TYPE OF FILM MYSELF,BUT THIS IS HOW IT IS.EST I HAVE SEEN FOR A WHILE.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal but brilliant(ish), 24 May 2013
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This film about a young, shy, rather unassuming man (Joe) who is coerced by Piggy to take revenge on Joe's brother, and Piggy's "Friend" (John), who has been murdered by thugs after a row in a pub. They track down all but one of the killers, and take them out one by one (actually Piggy does the majority of the killing, with Joe just watching on) It is ultra violent, sometimes a little sickening, but while not very entertaining, it keeps you watching because you want to find out what happens next. When Joe uncovers the reality behind Piggy's "friendship" with his brother, it leads to a final confrontation and a promise for one of them to finish what they started. Very good
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1.0 out of 5 stars SAY IT AIN'T SO, JOE, 14 April 2015
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The new "Clockwork Orange" so it has been said, Piggy really doesn't gain anything from the comparisons, which are deluded and fatuous. From the Extras, first-time director Kieron Hawkes seems an affable enough bloke, wanting to make films for years and then realising that British audiences liked on-screen savagery. So we get Piggy. Stanley Kubrick, watch out. Maybe in time Kieron will give us a film as haunting as The Shining. I doubt it on the basis of this. A tasteful, piano-led score helps us through the first 15 minutes. as shy boy Joe (Martin Compston) struggles with Camden and the world in general, living alone, doing a routine messenger job. At least he's got his bruv, John, Neil Maskell, back from nearly getting a bullet in St George's Day. But John gets set on by pub bullies. He never comes out of hospital, leaving Joe and John's gilrfriend Claire bereft. So far, so watchable. But then in comes Paul Anderson's Piggy. Is he really John's old mate from way back, a redeeming angel of death, a super-hero gone wrong, or, gulp, a ballsy alter ego for wimpy (but getting there) Joe? On go the piggy noses and we get a predictable slaughter trail, each killing nastier than the last. Actors talk warmly of the prosthetics on offer, Good to know it wasn't all for real. Roland Manookian is in there somewhere, probably getting butchered. "Everyone on production did an amazing job",said Kieron, with understandable pride.. A pity the film tastes like a rotten pork pie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing., 13 May 2013
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the best film i have seen in a long time, bought it for my dad after recommendations from others, and so happy! funny, brutal but sooo good. thankyou!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough drama, good cast, 20 Feb. 2013
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There's no messing about in this film. I love gritty inner city grimy films and this is a very good example of that particular genre.
Actors do their thing and present a good standard of work.
Worth adding to the collection if you like this type of film, not to everones taste but certainly to mine.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 8 Jun. 2012
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This film takes a while to get started. But it is worth waiting for. The character of Piggy is played very well and the action is bloody, brutal and uncompromising [with the emphasis on brutal]. If you like your vigilante films hard than I would recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 July 2014
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loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars great buy, 30 Jun. 2014
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gory horror right up my street
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