Hard Time

hard time

Directed by Roger Nall, who also co-wrote it with Roger Kinion and Richard Weinman, this 1996 film stars John Bradley as Michael Woods. Michael was a cat burglar who got busted for stealing some expensive jewels and sent to jail for 10 years. He suspects that his partner Kelly (played by the Late Christopher “Chip” Mayer – R.I.P.) set him so Kelly could keep all the jewels for himself and put the moves on Michael’s wife Angel (played by the voluptuous Meilani Paul). 2 years into his prison sentence, after Angel has stopped coming to the prison to visit him and won’t answer any of his calls, Michael begins to worry if something is wrong. With some help from an outside friend, who provides him with cash and a car, Michael escapes from the jail and heads to Los Angels to find his wife and get revenge on Kelly.

Devin Devasquez plays Linda, a mysterious hitchhiker that Michael picks up along the way. It turns out, by sheer coincidence, that Linda is actually the ex-girlfriend of a brutal prison guard (Bryan Michael McGuire) who used to torment Michael in prison, and now is on the trail of both of them. It’s a cross-country cat and mouse game. Will Michael be able to reunite with his wife, and is she still on his side or has she betrayed him with Kelly? Well, I don’t want to spoil the ending, so you’ll just have to watch it for yourself.

This was during the time period where softcore films put a lot more emphasis on plot, instead of just jumping from one sex scene to the next with minimal dialog inbetween, and therefor could more accurately be described as an erotic thriller. There’s a continuous mood of urgency throughout the film as Michael and Linda attempt to stay one step ahead of the police and locate Angel. Especially in the third act, where Michael and Kelly have their final showdown, the viewers are kept on the edge of their seats as they wait to find out how everything will end. And, again, no spoilers, but there’s a pretty big twist at the end that you won’t see coming. It’s a very well-written suspenseful film which I think most viewers would find compelling even without the explicit sex scenes.

But thankfully there are some explicit sex scenes! Both Meilani Paul and Devin Devasquez are gorgeous women (and pretty good actresses) with smoldering sexuality which makes their sex scenes very arousing to watch. There’s an early scene between Meilani and Taylor, as Michael imagines them having sex in front of his cell (Michael has recurring nightmares that Angel left him for Kelly), and then each woman has a scene with Bradley by themselves, and they all have a threesome. It’s a hot stuff. Jacqueline Lovell also makes an appearance early in the film and performs an erotic strip tease that’s worth the price. Of course I also have to give some praise to John Bradley, as the leading man the majority of this film falls on his shoulders and he carries it well. Everyone involved in this film should be proud.

Chacebook rating: 5 STARS

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