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Donkey Punch
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by William Goss

"Party to the Crime"
4 stars

SCREENED AT FANTASTIC FEST 2008: There’s something to be said for pretty people in pretty places doing ugly deeds, and Brit filmmaker Olly Blackburn seems to agree. With four guys, three girls, a beast with two backs, and one critical mistake, his thriller 'Donkey Punch' takes the confined setting of a luxury yacht and rocks the boat for some seriously amoral fun.

See, the reported definition of a donkey punch is when a man throttles his partner in the back of the neck during sex in order to enhance the climax of the act. Sure enough, that means that, when our lovely ladies from Leeds (Jaime Winstone, Nichola Burley, and Sian Breckin) meet four Brit blokes (Robert Boulter, Tom Burke, Jay Taylor, and Julian Morris) while on vacation in Spain, someone is going to take time from popping pills to bump pelvises in a manner one character describes as “proper hardcore” – hardcore enough to earn an NC-17 rating in its uncut form, and hardcore enough to leave behind a corpse, a camera, and rampant mistrust as consequences and suspicions collide at every turn while the survivors wonder who will get the blame once they return to shore.

That is, if they return to shore…

Are we surprised that these reckless youths come to pick each other off after one of them goes the way they, ahem, came? Not really, but it’s just how they go about their massacre on the Mediterranean that should keep viewers glued. The characters struggle to survive in ways both relatively feasible and reasonably frightening, and few, if any, of them are above merely tossing their problems overboard in an effort to keep their hands clean. Blackburn and his co-writer, David Bloom, keep the proceedings taut and tense by making the most of a small set and a cast seemingly dedicated to selling whatever form of debauchery and death comes their way. (Hey, if you told me we’d be shooting at sea, virtually half of which was a party, I’d try and meet my director halfway too.)

Okay, so no, the antics of Donkey Punch aren’t exactly for all tastes, but for those who aren’t too good for roughly ninety minutes of rough fun, it should hit the spot in ways creative and cruel, deranged and surprising – though let’s hope it doesn’t do so too much, or you might be left with your own mess on your hands…

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User Comments

1/09/12 Standard misogynist fare where violence against women is groovy again. Fran 1 stars
1/13/11 Erin Elswick Herpes is the gift that keeps on giving lol 4 stars
8/23/09 Julian Very poor -Violence can work well in a film but this was pointless & cheesey! 1 stars
3/26/09 porfle I was well entertained. 4 stars
2/04/09 Luke Meighan I would like to see a serious movie made about sexual issues, herpes in particular. 3 stars
1/26/08 Lizzy Baker so glad i got to catch this one at Sundance, and wow, it delivered! Gut-wrenching & shockin 5 stars
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  23-Jan-2009 (R)
  DVD: 07-Apr-2009


  DVD: 07-Apr-2009

Directed by
  Olly Blackburn

Written by
  Olly Blackburn
  David Bloom

  Robert Boulter
  Sian Breckin
  Tom Burke

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