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Piggy

Piggy

No matter what people tell you grief and vengeance are permanently linked. It doesn’t matter if you lose someone quickly in a freak accident or from a lingering illness; in the darkest moments of sadness we need someone or something to pay for taking people of someone. We’ve been conditioned not to admit it but when we are in the throes of grief urge to take revenge on something or someone is natural. Something has to hurt as much as we do. Something has to suffer so that we don’t suffer alone. Piggy takes a look at what happens to us when we find someone who is able to break the barriers of grief and taps into the need for revenge.

Joe is best described as a mouse. He’s a skittish, insecure, unremarkable creature. The kind of person you don’t notice until he runs into at the market and makes you drop your eggs. Even then, you wouldn’t remember Joe. You would only remember the basket of smashed eggs. Like all mice, Joe is tired of running through the endless maze of life with no reward. But he is powerless to do anything about his circumstances. Joe’s older brother John is the only person who cares about him. When John is killed on the way home from the pub, Joe is understandably gutted.  Losing John means losing the only person that really cares about him. Without John to help ease him into the world Joe’s world shrinks to the size of the head of a pin. Joe’s impending isolation is driven home when he goes to John’s funeral. There are dozens of mutual  friends and well wishers at the gravesite, but no one is interacting with Joe. Without saying a word it becomes clear that all of the friends Joe may have thought he had were never there for him. They were there for John.

Without John, Joe seems destined for a life of loneliness and abject misery. When it seems that he can’t sink any lower in his grief Joe gets a visit from Piggy, an old childhood friend of John’s. Joe does not readily know who Piggy is , but he latches onto him because he needs someone to help him find a way out of the void. Piggy begins to take John’s place; helping Joe out in social situations, taking an interest in his thoughts and hobbies. Everything that John did for him. Their friendship quickly takes a dark turn when Piggy suggests that they find the men that killed John and kill them. Within the darkness of the friendship between Joe and Piggy is where writer/director Kieron Hawkes really shines. I loved the way he let the friendship between Piggy and Joe slowly build slowly. He let’s Joe lose himself in his friendship with Piggy. He gets to the point where you almost don’t know where Joe ends and Piggy begins. He allows Piggy instill confidence in Joe. Thanks to Piggy, Joe is becoming the kind of man he has always wanted to be. Their personalities become so intertwined , that when Piggy suggest the concept to revenge killings Joe feels obligated to oblige him. Even it means becoming a monster that will eventually turn upon itself.

In the title role of Piggy, John Anderson oozes malice. Throughout the movie he walks with the silent gait of a predator; always alert and ready to attack. Anderson makes the mundane menacing. There is a scene where Piggy mentions that Joe loves to cook and gives him a set of knives to fuel his culinary desire. Even though the subject of murder hasn’t been brought up yet, you can see that this is the first step in Piggy’s murderous seduction. Anderson is a wonderful mix of malice and charm. Even the freckles that trace along his back and shoulders take on a sinister quality. The dim lighting that is used in this film gives the freckles a reptilian look. It’s as if he’s crawling out of his skin. Anderson embodies the seductive rage that is needed to entice a young man to kill in efforts to reduce his own pain.

Just going off of the cover art I thought that Piggy was going to be a hot mess of ugly CGI pigs attacking farmers. When I got was a wonderfully creepy thriller that was an excellent capper to a long day.

 

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