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Donkey Punch (2008)

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Donkey Punch (2008) – Things go drastically wrong for a group of British holidaymakers in Spain.

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Donkey Punch was written and directed by former music video director Oliver Blackburn. The British production consists of girls Lisa (Sian Breckin), Kim (Jaime Winstone) and Tammi (Nichola Burley), who are on holiday in Spain when they meet an attractive group of men; Bluey (Tom Burke) , Sean (Robert Boulter), Marcus (Jay Taylor) and Josh (Julian Morris).

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The girls agree to go on their expensive yacht and begin with the partying. Between the Champagne, ecstasy and sex talk, below-deck hookups seem a foregone conclusion, as does the emergence of a video camera for porn-tape posterity. But when one of the guys opts for a specific sexual practice, namely the donkey punch, things turn disastrously fatal and the night turns into a battle of survival.

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So what on earth is a donkey punch I hear you say? Well, that would ruin the surprise, but the image below is just before the move takes place. Maybe not one to try at home………..

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With one dead, the boys & girls take sides as they attempt to cover-up the accidental murder and avoid blame. Few of the characters survive to see the end credits, and it’s never clear exactly who you should root for. It’s hard to cling to any one character – or group of characters – that you can empathize with. None of the characters are villainous by nature, and when all is said and done, it’s hard to imagine that a situation like this could truly happen. But for the sake of this film, they do, and I really only liked a couple of the characters.

While character development is minimal, Nichola Burley establishes herself well as the protagonist, and Jaime Winstone (daughter of the always excellent Ray) is good as the mouthy girl of the group. The guys were all quite irritating, with one in particular really excelling in making me hate his character. If you’ve seen the film, you will know who I mean. Lets just say drug dealing posh white guys who speak like they are streetwise black guys are quite common here in the UK, and even more irritating when on the big screen. I would even go as far as saying viewers from outside the UK may struggle with the range of English accents used, we certainly have some hard to understand ones over here.

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Director Oliver Blackburn shot the film on a £1 million budget over 24 days in South Africa. Movie critics likened his work on the film to filmmaker Peter Berg’s Very Bad Things, director Phillip Noyce’s Dead Calm, and Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water. He went on to serve as writer for the film Vinyan, which I reviewed last year and sadly wasn’t impressed with. Whilst Donkey Punch may not be as good as those films it was compared to, it was clear where his influences came from, and he delivered a solid film, just nothing spectacular. It did look fantastic though, bright and easy on the eye (not just the naked girls), which is all remarkable on a £1 million budget.

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In conclusion then, Donkey Punch has some decent acting and fast pacing, it’s visually very impressive and there are some unique moments. It does get dark and bloody, people die in various ways and we have some resourceful uses of emergency flares and an outboard motor. Overall it’s an entertaining picture – as long as you don’t mind nudity, sex, drugs and bloodshed. Sure, it might not sound the most plausible story and the events that occur seem very far-fetched, but some films like to show us how far humans will go to save their skin, and Donkey Punch is just another addition to the genre. And a pretty worthy addition I must add.

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  1. Nicely done dude. I always dismissed this in the same way I’ve always dismissed Teeth. Sounds a lot better than it’s awful premise/title makes out!

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    • Thanks buddy. Yeah I’ve not seen Teeth either, maybe I should! This isn’t too bad, if you know what to expect. I mean, it’s not a huge budget effects driven blockbuster, but its fun and a little different. British too, makes a nice change for us to do some decent horror/thriller!! 🙂

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      • GaryLee828

         /  July 12, 2013

        Terry & Tyson,

        I saw “Teeth”. I didn’t think it was anything great. I mean you can check it out if you want, but I wouldn’t bump it ahead of others on your to see list. It’s not bad. It’s a bit uncomfortable in parts, but honestly was a bit dull overall; or at least to me.

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        • Yeah never really seen anyone say how amazing it is, so never really motivated me to see it. Cheers Gary

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    • (I kind of liked Teeth but it’s certainly not for everyone. And one I’m kind of not wanting to admit that I watched. And own… Lol) 😉

      Good review but not seen Donkey Punch. Indeed, the title turns me off…

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  2. Wordschat

     /  July 11, 2013

    Sounds like a decent streaming choice with elements of the excellent Shallow Grave. Thanks to you TC I know more and watch note horror…. buy enough abut K Stewart’s acting. Inked cheers buddy.

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  3. theipc

     /  July 11, 2013

    Nice to see you back out here, Hustler. Nice work. This movie’s not too bad if you don’t expect too much and YES some of this cast was hard to understand for a guy like me.

    Now for some wit: didn’t you post once that you learned this move in prison??

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  4. I don’t know about the movie but the title is pretty goofy! 😉

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  5. hmmm sounds interesting, also dig the title despite it being one of my favorite Passwords to use.

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    • Cheers Adam. It’s a good little film, if you can stand listening to a load of us Brits chatting that is 😉

      It’s a good password. There are a lot of images and gifs with donkeys punching people on google, ill put all that down to you then!

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  6. What a great name for a film! Didn’t I teach you that move when we were in prison together?

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    • You most certainly did. Although I slipped up and might have told Eric. I can’t remember.

      Anyhow, yeah it’s a good name. No idea if the name originates from a true story sadly, a man with your sexual expertise may know 😉

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  7. I always just think about the term, Donkey Punch, and what it really means. Then this movie frustrates me because yeah.. I don’t know. It’s weird actually… you’d think a Donkey Punch would be something sexy. Meh, either way. Glad to see you watch this and not me. Maybe I’ll check it out one day.

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    • Glad your always thinking about donkey punching 😉

      It’s meant to be sexy …….. Not meant to kill people but we’d have no movie otherwise I guess. Maybe not your kind of film dude 🙂

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  8. GaryLee828

     /  July 12, 2013

    I stopped reading halfway through b/c i want to give the movie a watch soon; it better not suck!! I’ll let you know what i think. 🙂

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    • Like you always say, I try not to spoil anything. But it’s best to stop reading like I do sometimes, go in as blind as possible!! It’s no Hidden Face but hope you don’t hate it 🙂

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      • GaryLee828

         /  July 13, 2013

        I just watched it. I thought it was pretty good, and well-executed for the most part. It definitely had some surprising moments.

        It reminds me a little of “Brotherhood” with Jon Foster & Lou Taylor Pucci (from the Evil Dead remake). If you haven’t seen that one you should add it to your to-see list. It’s nothing spectacular, but it’s definitely worth a watch. I loved the way the craziness continued to transpire throughout the night, similar to “Donkey Punch” in my opinion.

        Good review, and recommendation. 🙂

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        • I haven’t seen or heard of Brotherhood (although the tv show of the same name is a favourite of mine), hope its as good as your last recommendation Gary!

          Glad you liked this, as you say, definitely worth a watch at least. Thanks buddy 🙂

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        • GaryLee828

           /  July 14, 2013

          I watched the pilot for “Brotherhood” a while ago and liked it, so i bought the series, but have not watched yet. I like Isaacs & Clarke both, so I know it’s going to be good.

          As for the movie “Brotherhood” definitely not as good as my last recommendation “Hidden Face”, but it’s good nonetheless, and I feel confident recommending it to someone who liked Donkey Punch.

          If you want another one of my recommendations I feel very strongly about, check out this entry I wrote back in January – and like “Hidden Face” I wouldn’t watch the trailer ahead of time – not b/c there’s a giant twist here, but b/c the trailer simply gives way too much of the story away. http://garylee828.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/head-on-a-downright-ugly-beautiful-love-story/

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        • The TV show is fantastic, cancelled too soon. I’ll head over and check out your thoughts on the link dude.

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  9. gregory moss

     /  July 13, 2013

    Wow – comparisons with Knife In The Water AND Dead Calm! – Big shoes to fill indeed. 🙂

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    • Not comparisons by me sadly, not sure who made them but wiki and google backs it up. Decent, but not quite at the same level 🙂

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  10. davecrewe

     /  July 14, 2013

    Hey, I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine and Family Awards! You’ve probably been nominated before but you deserve some more, especially since you were one of the first to comment on my lil’ ol’ blog. Details here: http://ccpopculture.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/awards-roundup-family-liebster-sunshine-awards/#more-1448

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    • Thanks Dave, always appreciated and I’ll add your site to my awards link-back page! Keep up the great work my friend 🙂

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  11. Did this film have anything to do with Dolph Lundgren’s ‘Missionary Man’…a sequel perhaps? 🙂

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