Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.
Robert De Niro
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
Forgettable drama on the cross, too much of the old old, does have it's moments
X paints itself off, as something better that it is. I must admit, I was disappointed some, in this. After lasting one week on the cinema circuit in Adelaide, it's easy to see why. It's just a weak drama. It does has a tragic end though for one of it's characters, who I never thought would bite the bullet. Here's the plot of the movie, mostly set over one night in that lurid sewer, King's Cross. An upper class call girl (they all are- Viva Bianca) who caters to some quite elite sorts, is getting out of the business and Sydney. Her and this guy, do a real sexy R rated strip dance, before a group of middle aged, refined sorts (what weirdos). It's quite amusing in bits too. Bianca hasn't told her client/boyfriend.... wait for it.... cop (Peter Docker) yet, she's getting out. Of course. But feeling guilty and obligated, she does, over dinner, at the advice of her tranny friend. Not a good idea. Now more characters come into play, one another pro friend of Bianca's who dies in a showering freak accident, you could say. Fresh off the bus, in King's Cross, is a seventeen year old runaway (Hanna Mangan Lawrence). She's befriended by an even younger street smart girl, a sly little devil, who gives her some pointers about the seedy cross streets. In the hours that ensue, she's beaten up and robbed, for intruding on other pro's turf. She causes a vehiclist, a scummy looking client, while induced in a bit of role playing, being fondled by Hanna's stroking, loving hand, to go arse up another car of three tall hoons. They are not happy chappies. Luck comes her way in the form of Bianca, who throws her an offer that turns out to be a fatal acceptance, where later on, it becomes hell night. Watching Lawrence boozed up, and nude, doing some drunken dancing for a client, a 20's Lebanese guy, she shares with Bianca, was one of the better rewards of the film. There were small moments of hotness there. Only the two, are witness to this Leb's murder, by some hit men, where now they're both pursued, and are soon split up again. Mostly to blame here is the selfish Bianca. Lawrence returns to the Cross and holds out in a run down junkie motel, where she gets to hang out with some lowlife types. Oh I forgot to mention, she's befriended by a taxi driver, who slowly tries to coax her into a relationship. I mean this guy, also seen in Careless love, would have to be 28+. She tells him "It wouldn't work out. Everyone I get close to, gets hurt". Puzzle that over. Gentleman that he is, he does shout her a delicious chilli dog and coke from Cafe de Wheel's. The movie gets more intense near the end. This movie is very predictable, as it's stereotypical of so many other movies. One could say it's old hat. Had X been made twenty five years before, when it should of, it would of come out with much more dignity. As such, now, it just comes off as a wishy washy, forgettable drama, despite a great performance from Bianca, and the sexy presence of Mangan Lawrence. The last scene though, stays with me, between the cabbie and Lawrence, when looking out over the ocean. It's Lawrence's last line, a chilling admittance, that does make sense, when you ponder the history of so many runaways from broken homes. The actress who plays the trannie, who so reminds me of the woman from The Jammed, co wrote this, not the only star featured here, from the much better Redball.
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