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No Way Out

Studio: Digital Playground » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 6/30/14

XCritic's Advice: Recommended


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No Way Out

Digital Playground

Genre: Feature, Drama

Director: Francois Clousot

Cast: Ash Hollywood, Cody Sky, Madison Ivy, Erik Everhard, Monique Alexander, Steven St. Croix, Bill Bailey, Violet Monroe, Keiran Lee
Non-sex roles: Francois Clousot, others not credited

Length: 174:13 minutes

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Date of Production: 1/24/2014


Extras: The best extra was the inclusion of the high definition Blu-ray disc for the movie, those of us equipped to watch such versions finding them superior in just about every way. There was then a depressingly short, 1:42 minute long Behind the Scenes feature, the gals interviewed with some clip montages included to showcase their assets, particularly during the photo shoots. For the record, this was not one of the fun filled BTS’ like DP is known for so much as a straightforward BTS like you find everywhere else. There was also a photogallery and some trailers.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: No Way Out was presented in a clear anamorphic widescreen as shot by director Francois Clousot for Digital Playground. The entire movie had a late night cable television look to it, the resolution reduced so it didn’t look like it was shot on video, the lighting varied depending on the feature elements rather than provide porn’s common warehouse lighting, and a host of other minor touches catering to the feature aspects of the show. The cameras were worked by Francois, Sir Manwin the 3rd, Billy Da Kid, and Alex Tea while the usual crew assisted. There was no company watermark onscreen at all times and the flesh tones were accurate, the editing handled better than expected though not credited. The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround English was similar to previous exploits by the crew, most of it cobbled together in post production by talented Joey Pulgadas. Seth Cardigan and Frank Armitage were in charge of sound and while it was pretty minimalist, the score and vocals were balanced better than average compared to features coming out of the company, the flat level of vocals not exactly impressive (when all vocals sound the same no matter where a character is or the situation they are in, it lacks context) but at least some effort was made to take the stereo effect and run with it (though nothing close to the surround added in post production). The high definition version of the movie looked better and sounded about the same, worth checking out if you have the right equipment but not enough to go and get a new set up if you don’t; this perhaps the last company release with both versions of a movie outside of special events from what I’ve been told.


Body of Review: Francois Clousot is often considered one of the most technically skilled of modern day porn directors, his ability to capture both heated sexual trysts and feature elements well noted over the years. While best known for his extensive body of work at Wicked Pictures (both as lead director as well as frequent director of photography) he has also worked jobs for a number of other companies such as Digital Playground. His latest feature is called No Way Out, a story reminiscent of La Femme Nikita as well as several dozen low grade action flicks, upgraded by the participation of lovely blond babe Ash Hollywood. Whatever your belief in the porn industry making tribute movies that borrow so heavily from mainstream sources, there was a lot to like with this shoestring budget feature, the sex not as heated as most gonzo titles but the feature elements showing Francois has other options should the industry keep plunging due to piracy and companies that support tube websites. Joining Ash were Madison Ivy, Violet Monroe, and Monique Alexander, the men including studly Erik Everhard, Steven St. Croix, and Keiran Lee for those interested.

The back cover described the movie like this: “Just moments ago, Ash Hollywood was engaged in rough, passionate sex with her boyfriend and now caught in the middle of a shoot out; her boyfriend is lying dead on the ground. Afraid with nowhere to run, Ash Hollywood is captured and awakes the next day in a mysterious cell. Unknowingly to Ash, Eric has recruited her to a special agency's headquarters, to train in the art of assassination. Her training is divided between steamy lessons with the sexy Madison Ivy in martial arts and the beautiful Monique Alexander in manipulation and seduction. Upon completion of the program, Ash leaves with a new identity, Tia Snow. In addition to her assignments, she finds love with Luc, a local civilian and is forced to hide her true profession. Just as life seems stable news of treason within the agency hits, leaving Eric dead. Now it's up to Tia to seek vengeance while protecting the only person she loves, Luc.” Here’s a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:


Scene One: Ash Hollywood, looking a bit ragged in street clothing at night by a loading dock, was up first kissing and slobbing the knob of Cody Sky. She knelt down to orally attack his member as her white shorts rode up her delicious ass. She applied some hand to gland friction as she smoked his pole, the tattooed moper needing extra oral between positions of vaginal sex just to stay hard. While not the most inspiring tryst I have seen Ash in of late, she did get her gash gobbled and some active riding on her part eventually elicited his modest display of semen as he deposited it on her face, the feature elements taking over for a considerable amount of time from there.


Scene Two: Madison Ivy, the extra curvy hotty seen featured on the upper left hand corner of the front cover, was up next as the martial arts instructor super spy that eventually trains Ash, the gal in a heated bit of boning with studly Erik Everhard. They were in “Turkmenistan” of all places, a bedroom bout of boning showing them all over each other caressing and kissing before she spread her legs while bending over to give him great access to rim and eat her rug. He devoured her orally and she reciprocated just as quickly, her splendid ass in the air wide and ready for action as she inhaled his turgid pecker soundly. They engaged in 69 and other vaginal positions where she gave some decent eye contact, Erik plowing her fertile field balls deep as she moaned loudly in appreciation. He nutted on her face as she rubbed herself silly, his happy ending cut a bit short due to circumstances beyond his control.


Scene Three: Monique Alexander, a heavily tattooed hotty known by generations of feature porn lovers, was up next as she taught blond babe Ash Hollywood the art of seduction on a living room couch. It was fairly short and had the ladies licking, fingering, and caressing each other as they took turns pleasuring but it wasn’t half bad at all. The lighting was uneven and while there was some modest levels of chemistry, the actions were very basic, perhaps a lot might consider this scene to have missed a lot of opportunities to truly shine.


Scene Four: Madison Ivy, all dressed in a sexy black outfit that fit like a second skin, was then up in the office at night with master spy Steven St. Croix. She sought to engage him sexually as she sat at the desk, their kissing and groping soon getting heated as they made it something of a grudge fuck. He bent her over the desk and orally pleasured her as she spread her legs impossibly far apart, Madison alternating with him in providing some head of a heated nature. Steven pulled down her outfit to pound her pussy balls deep and she moaned like she was on fire, her bald beaver readily taking him inside with breaks for oral included as the flexible lady accommodated his needs. The act ended when he pulled out of her to toss out a huge wad of sperm all over her lower torso, her nonchalance at the end foreshadowing what was to come of the tryst.


Scene Five: Ash Hollywood, the all natural babe featured on the lower right hand corner of the front cover, was then seen picking up Bill Bailey as she set up her new apartment. She wore tight pants and a loose black top, Bill all over her in the run down living room when they got back to the apartment. Her pants were so tight that he had to work them to get them off her hips, the gal groping his growing bulge in his own pants as they made out at length. He savored her boobs and enjoyed her lack of underwear, tonguing her perfect pucker and sweet pussy as she bent over and otherwise spread her legs for him. She gave a quick hummer before aggressively riding him vaginally, the gal preferring to be on top as she boned him like she owned him. Both gave each other some taste testing between positions and they showed a modicum of chemistry together, his wad of spew delivered right to her welcoming mouth as she provided some post coital head and swallowed the fluids with ease.


Scene Six: Violet Monroe, a lean redhead with pale skin and a shapely ass, was up next with kingpin Keiran Lee, both of them dressed like professional bad guys after a meet with Ash. She blew him and he roughed her up as he vaginally tapped her juicy slit, her eye contact superior as he did most of the work and spanked her ass red. She fared better when she was on top of him, her hairy snatch engulfing his erection as he slapped her clitoris and otherwise treated her like a piece of meat, the gal still too passive for my tastes though I liked the way her all natural tits shook as he hammered away at her. He stuck fingers in while still fucking her and provided her with a gusher of a facial, the scene cutting away quickly.


Scene Seven: Madison Ivy, looking hot in a low cut blouse that revealed her implanted cleavage, was up next with Bill Bailey as she took him by force while using her pistol. She took what she wanted and threw him to the shabby green couch, the gal in tight black pants as she licked his jeans and caressed him to a turgid state, Bill complying with her as she readily engulfed his rod orally. She tossed her gun aside and continued blowing him, Bill reciprocating willingly to munch her ass and pussy as he stuffed himself into her cheeks. Her firm fanny pushed back to excite him while she directed his boner into her pussy, her active riding looking great as she rode him in some cowgirl variations. They continued with the oral and vaginal sex until he bust a nut on her face and tits, some post coital head wrapping up the sex for the movie.

Summary: No Way Out by director Francois Clousot for Digital Playground was a pretty good feature considering the limits of budget and casting, Ash Hollywood and friends providing a fair effort in between their sexually heated trysts. The sex scenes were short but often sweet, all of the gals fuckable and possessing enough energy to add some replay value so I rated this one as Recommended. In short, if you enjoy porn knock offs of mainstream Hollywood movies, you’ll probably find No Way Out right up your ally (as a porn take on La Femme Nikita) compared to some of the droning parodies still populating the market at this writing, the admitted use of common themes and similar storylines aside, I think the director could do even better if he came up with something completely original while using a cast as good as this one (both genders) so check it out.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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