DONKEY PUNCH

7 out of 10

Release Date: 18th July 2008

Director: Olly Blackburn (Random)

Cast: Nichola Burley, Jaime Winstone, Julian Morris, Tom Burke, Jay Taylor, Tom Boulter and Sian Breckin

Writer: Olly Blackburn & David Bloom

Trailer: DONKEY PUNCH

Donkey Punch International Artwork

Donkey Punch is a very satisfying and wild genre thriller.  The plot throws together seven pretty young things in to a very grim ‘life or death’ situation and let’s rip.  Miscommunication is order of the day and it gets several of the characters killed at various points due to very bad split second reactions.  It’s bloody, yet predictable but thoroughly gripping at the same time.  It’s pretty old now so there’s a  chance that several of you may have come across it already but here’s a plot intro all the same.

Three girls arrive in Spain looking for a good time and a party. They hook up with four likely lads and return to their yacht for drinks and sex.  During the inItial group sex session one of the number is accidentally killed when another member of the party performs the titular fictional sex trick, the ‘Donkey Punch’ on them.  In an effort to cover up the death, the group quickly descend into a drug and alcohol fuelled panic.  This is going to on hell of a comedown for any survivors.

Set on board said yacht for the majority of the film’s running time, the makers are economic yet inventive keeping the story running at a fast pace.  The balance of power is constantly shifting between those that want justice and those that want to brush the whole incident under the carpet. Some people will do anything to preserve their future, whilst others are aghast at how cheap life itself has become over the course of the evening.  Only one of the deaths calls for a stretch of imagination, but all of the other demises are slow and painful. The camera barely flinches as it pores over the mangled, stabbed and shot bodies of the victims.  As I said, two or three of the deaths could have been avoided but are killed in the heat of the moment or through the misreading a situation from a distance. One of the seven is killed completely by accident because he happens to be holding a gun whilst having a sensible discussion.

The script is good and the escalation of the situation is well paced.  If you bear in mind that all the characters have been drinking all day and have had varying quantities of drugs too you can understand how the situation got so bad so quickly. We quickly identify with Nichola Burley (KICKS) and Tom Boulter’s (MERCENARIES) characters as the sensible ones as they are the only ones that abstain from the group sex, but nobody comes away from the events of Donkey Punch squeaky clean.  This is highly recommended because it is well directed, well scripted, it’s as tight as a drum all round. The mostly unknown cast excel themselves in what could have been yet another tired retread of numerous American slasher flicks.  The sex scenes are soft-porn too with the camera all too unfazed so when THAT punch comes, you are snapped out of some kind of drug hazed reverie yourself. Filth. Man of the match is the completely odious drug hoover Bluey (TOM BURKE – TELSTAR).  He definitely has the plum role and he relishes every line as the shitty smart arse of the group.  Viewers may even be cheering his demise because we’ve all met cocks like this character.

7 out 10 – A great genre thriller with some great death sequences. Think Dead Calm with a bigger body count and you’ll be on the right track.

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