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Holly Rowe's retiring, kissing her callgirl life goodbye. She just has to get through her last night on the job. Shay Ryan's a teenage runaway, broke and alone. She just has to get through her first night as a hooker. Then fate throws them together on a job that goes horribly wrong and they're trapped on an out-of-control roller coaster ride, through the twilight zone of sex-for-sale. X is a sizzling adults-only thriller about love, chance, escape and the oldest profession experienced by two women, on a night that will change their lives forever. Written by
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Appropriately Seedy And Somewhat Lacking In Credibility, But Not Bad
This movie has a seedy feel to it - one could even call it "sleazy." That, however, isn't a criticism. It's quite appropriate actually, and it was clearly the feel that director Jon Hewitt needed to establish. The subject matter really left very little choice. How else could it feel?
It's the story of two prostitutes who ply their trade in Sydney, Australia - one a veteran in the business who's ready to get out of it, and the other a younger girl just getting into the business. Both Viva Bianca (as Holly, the veteran) and Hanna Mangan Lawrence (as Shay, the rookie) played their parts well. Holly and Shay meet up on a "job," and while in their customers' apartment, hidden away in the bathroom when he gets an unexpected visit from a "business associate," they witness his murder. When the murderer (played by Stephen Bennett) realizes that he's been seen, he sets out to get Holly and Shay, and the movie turns into a fairly standard "chase" sort of movie, through Sydney's less desirable neighbourhoods I would say. There's an attempted twist around the identity of the murderer that didn't really catch me off guard. I hadn't thought about it, but it didn't come as a surprise when we found out who he was.
"X" features a lot of nudity, and some scenes of sexuality (again, what you would expect given the subject matter) and it's also at times rather violent - again, not a surprise. In many ways it's decent enough. Nothing special, but enough to keep you watching. The biggest weakness to the story, to me at least, revolved around the character of Harry, the taxi driver. He and Shay fall for each other during a taxi ride (yes, he got to catch her topless in the mirror, and that was enough to make him fall madly in love apparently!) His part in the story seemed completely unnecessary and totally unbelievable. I guess he serves to point out that Shay is torn between her perceived need to prostitute herself to survive, and her desire for a normal life with a nice guy. But their relationship just didn't come across as credible to me, and it really did weaken the whole story. (4/10)
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