Very well acted intersection of couples in the night
Not exactly the classic structure of "The Bridge of San Luis Rey", Jonathan Morgan's mood piece "Turning Point" is nonetheless a successful drama within Adult Cinema. Perhaps too mechanical in its construction, a la modern exercises most notably the overrated Oscar-winner "Crash", it satisfied my quest for quality in the Wicked catalog.
Basically set at an all-night diner, with flashbacks, the story concerns a variety of people thrown together with individual problems hovering over them. Cop Sydnee Steele is carrying on an affair with studly Randy Spears, while Irish (with convincing brogue) hit-man Brad Armstrong has them under surveillance for her husband, with dire consequences possible when he reports back. He doesn't know she's a cop, a plot device kept under wraps but crucial to the film's conclusion.
Brad's wife is the luscious Julia Ann, though they are not on the best of terms, lending an edge to their sex scene. Others popping up at the diner include Kylie Ireland and struggling screenwriter Joel Lawrence, whose discussion of his latest script pitch to a meanie of a producer reflects back on the other players, as his fictional story is about a hit-man suffering a mid-life crisis.
The actual hit-man is there with another client, Mike Horner, who wants him to kill his wife, but Brad tries to talk him out of it -he turns out to be a softie of an assassin. Petty criminal Steve Hatcher, sprung after 3 years in the pen, is their with his punk-styled (pink wig) main squeeze Kristal Summers, plotting to kidnap the producer Joel wants to work for, eyeing a potential $3,000,000 ransom.
Final couple popping up at the diner is dominant Nikita Denise and her lover who she's converting to Sapphic ways, mousy Devinn Lane. Their flashback is a fetish delight, with dildos and butt-plugs and even whips for Devinn to flagellate herself in director Morgan's showiest sequence.
The smooth camera-work via jib and dollying by Jake Jacobs is terrific in knitting these disparate souls' stories together, and usually comical Morgan keeps the show dead serious throughout. DVD includes an alternate ending, which reveals that the finale of Steele humping a new boyfriend, big-dicked Julian, appears to be a tacked-on afterthought in the script.
A strong piece thanks to consistently professional ensemble acting, and unlike the previous IMDb posted review, I was not disappointed at all by the balance favoring story and characters over mere XXX humping content. Wall-to-wall sex, no matter the abilities of the performers, is boring.
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