Donkey Punch (18)

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Review byMatthew Turner20/06/2008

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 95 mins

Stylish, suspenseful and frequently shocking thriller that makes the most of its relatively low budget, thanks to some impressive direction, a smart script and a talented young cast.

What's it all about?
Directed by co-writer Olly Blackburn, Donkey Punch stars Nichola Burley, Jaime Winstone and Sian Breckin as Tammi, Kim and Lisa, three friends who go on a hedonistic holiday to Spain in order to help Tammi get over a recent break-up. During a drunken night out, they meet Josh (Julian Morris), Marcus (Jay Taylor) and Bluey (Tom Burke), three ex-public school Brits, who invite them to continue the party aboard a luxury yacht that's being looked after by Josh's brother, Sean (Robert Boulter).

Attracted by the boys and their supply of free booze and drugs, the girls accept and soon they're partying on the open sea. However, when one of their party dies after a nasty accident, the rest of them argue about what to do next, with predictably nasty results.

The Good
The title refers to an urban myth about a violent punch during sex (it should be subtitled "Kids, don't try this at home!") and the phrase itself creates an atmosphere of sickening inevitability, because we know something bad will happen from the moment it is mentioned. Blackburn also orchestrates some extremely tense sequences and the plot takes some extremely violent twists and turns as the characters are forced to fight for their survival.

The cast are excellent, delivering impressively physical, naturalistic performances throughout. However, the standout is Burley, whose character is easily the most sympathetic of the group (she's significantly less keen on the sex and drugs than her friends), while Burke exudes an air of danger as the most unpredictable of the boys.

The Great
Blackburn's direction is frequently inspired, particularly during the violent scenes. It also makes the most of its relatively low budget with some cheap but nonetheless effective special effects work, notably during a flare gun sequence.

Worth seeing?
Donkey Punch is a stylish and suspenseful British thriller that marks Olly Blackburn out as a talent to watch. Highly recommended.

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