In this 2011 Australian erotic thriller Holly (Viva Bianca, Spartacus) is a high class ‘escort’ while Shay (Hanna Mangan-Lawrence) is a 17 year old runaway, broke and alone who fresh off the bus, starts to work the bottom of the street scene. Their two worlds collide when a twist of fate brings them together for a one off job. Needless to say, things go awry and they end up on the run from a maniacal killer.
This is a fast paced movie that is brutal and violent from the start. Filmed in Sydney’ red light district it plays with a documentary style realism as we watch the girls run through the underworld in an attempt to stay alive reminding one of ‘New Town Killers’ whilst their plight bonds the two together in a way that brings to mind 'Beautiful Creatures'.
With full frontal nudity [male and female] and scenes of sex from the very beginning it opens like a soft porn film but the filming, direction and acting help keep it entertaining as do the few low key plot twists. Yet the film seems to drift from social commentary illustrating drug abuse, prostitution and corruption onto violent thriller at the drop of a hat and seems to loose its way at the end which seems a bit of a let down or even a cop out.
The single disc offers little in way of extras, just play, scene selection and bonus material comprising a making of and half a dozen cast interviews.
If violence, swearing and nudity are likely to offend, then do not buy this. On the other hand if you want a gritty realism that isn’t afraid to pull punches, then this is worth a watch. Not a classic, but a good runner in the thriller/chase genre and worthy of **** rating.