28 September 2007 | Nodriesrespect
Eternal Youth Ain't All It's Cracked Up to Be
A departure from couples film blandness for Vivid, one of the adult industry's heavy duty players, this oddity from one "Austin Ellison" (Harlan's little boy ?) proves a remarkably faithful sexed-up adaptation of John Frankenheimer's still amazing cult favorite SECONDS. It even includes that movie's devastating, unflinching final twist. If you are not familiar with it, rest assured that I am not going to give it away here ! Instead of Rock Hudson though, we have to make do with bland Nick East (who was far better in Paul Thomas' superb JUSTINE : NOTHING TO HIDE 2) as the newly upholstered incarnation of wealthy old E.Z. Ryder, which goes to show that money can buy just about anything. A prior to cosmetic surgery Asia Carrera shines as the mystery girl he falls deeply in lust with, their shared sexual footage providing the carnal highlight of this glossy grope epic, nicely photographed by Ralph Parfait, son of longtime porn purveyor Ron Sullivan a/k/a "Henri Pachard". A touching non-sex performance by still radiant hardcore goddess Hyapatia Lee, easing her way out of the industry as the old geezer's embittered "widow", makes for an added bonus. For a further dose of Ellison's endearingly idiosyncratic style, check out BODY LANGUAGE, an uncommonly lively vehicle for Vivid contract superstar Janine.