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Donkey Punch (DVD Review)

29 Mar, 2009 By: John Latchem


Donkey Punch


Street 4/7/09
Magnolia
Thriller
$26.98 DVD
Rated ‘R’ for a scene of strong sexual content involving an aberrant violent act, graphic nudity, violence, language and drug use. Unrated version also available.
Stars Robert Boulter, Sian Breckin, Tom Burke, Nichola Burley, Julian Morris, Jay Taylor, Jaime Winstone.

Leave it to the Brits to take a slang term for a crude sexual act and make it the premise for an intense psychological thriller. In American hands the title would probably have engendered a nasty sex comedy akin to Porky’s. After all, hearing the term Donkey Punch (for those who know what it means) doesn’t exactly bring to mind movies such as Dead Calm and Very Bad Things, as this film does.

Donkey Punch is a slick production driven by its attractive young cast, which includes Jaime Winstone, daughter of actor Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Departed).

The methodically plotted tale begins with a trio of female friends out for a good time in Spain. They encounter a group of guys who whisk them away to their employer’s yacht for a private party.

In short order the group takes the boat out for a quick jaunt around the Mediterranean, passing around some choice drugs to double their pleasure. After the action moves to the bedroom, an attempt at the titular sex act leaves one of the girls dead, and the boys scrambling to cover their tracks. Sides are drawn, and it’s safe to say cooler heads are probably not going to prevail.

The situation slowly unravels, paving the way for all the shock of a bloody slasher flick, but without the cliché. Viewers in the mood for a dose of sex and gore will be well served by Donkey Punch.
 


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