Marks the spot – X review

XStarring Viva Bianca and Hanna Mangan-Lawrence. Directed by Jon Hewitt. Rated MA. Originally published August 4, 2011. By Simon Miraudo.

X is now available on DVD in Australia.

Jon Hewitt‘s X stars Viva Bianca as Holly, a high-end call girl who’s about to call it quits and head to Paris. On her last, fateful night of work, she recruits a 17-year-old streetwalker by the name of Shay (Hanna Mangan-Lawrence) to join her for a threesome with a client. It’s easy money and Shay could use it. But, when they accidentally witness their drug-dealing john getting shot in the head by a corrupt cop, they have no choice but to go on the run and head even deeper into the seedy Sydney sex trade.

Let me say this first – I’ve probably seen as many films about the Sydney sex trade that I’ll ever need to. I get it; it’s not a nice industry to work in. With that out of the way, there are a lot of things to like about X. It never pities its two lead females; although they’re consistently hunted down by women-hating-men, there is nary a situation when they aren’t completely in control.

Without ever succumbing to the depths of typical rape-revenge movies, X features a number of crowd-pleasing moments in which the film’s villains get their just desserts at the hands of Holly and Shay (who are both portrayed by Bianca and Mangan-Lawrence rather impressively). Hewitt’s direction is also slick and frenetic; maybe perhaps a little gimmicky, but it certainly doesn’t feel like an episode of Underbelly, which often look like Final Cut Pro vomited out its entire effects catalogue over every scene. There are a few clunky moments and some cheesy, chuckle-inducing pieces of dialogue, but X is a mostly-satisfying genre thriller.

3/5

Check out Simon’s other reviews here.

X is now available on DVD in Australia.

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