Starring: Martin Compston, Paul Anderson

Director: Kieron Hawkes

Rating: 4/5

Piggy marks the directorial debut of Kieron Hawkes as he bring to the big screen and Brit crime thriller that packs a bit of a punch.

Joe (Martin Compston) is a mild mannered young man bored by his humdrum London life. When his beloved brother (Neil Maskell) is murdered, Joe finds solace in Piggy, one of his brother's old friends.

Piggy helps Joe to cope with grief, intent on saving him and helping him get justice for his brother's killing.  

As their friendship grows Joe finds himself in an increasing dangerous and murky world of violence and revenge.

2012 seems to be the year for the gritty British drama as the fantastic Wild Bill is followed by the equally great Piggy.

This is a hard hitting movie that asks...just how far would you go to avenge the murder of a member of your family?

And for Joe it seems that vigilante justice is the way forward when the charismatic Piggy comes into his life.

This movie is all about these two central characters Joe is a young man who is afraid of the world hiding himself away out of fear. Piggy on the other hand is a soldier for those who are too afraid to stand up for themselves.

The central performance from Paul Anderson as Piggy is nothing short of staggering as he dominates eery scene that he is in as the violent and merciless bringer of justice.

He embodies this character heart and soul and it is a chilling to the bone turn from the actor.

Martin Compston is equally good as the shy Joe who is slightly unwittingly pulled into the murky world of violence and murder.

But it's Joe who goes on through the greatest transformation as he comes to accept that this is the only justice he will ever have for the murder of his brother,

Piggy is a dark, violent and very unsettling movie as the film taps into feelings that we can all relate to from time to time - the feeling that we just want to smack someone for pushing in the queue or bumping into us and not apologising.

However the movie sadly loses that unsettling edge towards the end and perhaps it's not as powerful as it could have been - which is a huge shame.

But this is a great first movie for Hawkes, who also penned the script, and it seems that he has a bright future ahead of him.

Piggy is a Brit movie that is not to be missed!!

Piggy is out now

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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