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Studio: Wicked Pictures » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 8/11/10

XCritic's Advice: Recommended


Wicked Pictures

Genre: Feature

Director: Brad Armstrong

Cast: Jessica Drake, Marcus London, Eva Angelina, Bill Bailey, Barrett Blade, Chanel Preston, Brad Armstrong, Randy Spears, Jenny Hendrix, Shyla Stylez, Kortney Kane, Tommy Gunn, Rocco Reed, Tony DeSergio, Eric Masterson (non-sex only)

Length: 123:12 minutes

Jessica Drake

Date of Production: 2010

Extras: Aside from a number of trailers (nine), two of which played before the menu popped up, there was a bonus scene from 3 Days In June as described below, a 25:47 minute long Behind the Scenes feature (with lots of Jessica Drake footage) by Lee Snijders and ~Jef, a photogallery, a promotional reel, and some spam.

Condoms: Yes

Eva Angelina

Audio/Video Quality: Hooked was presented in an anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen color as it was shot in by director Brad Armstrong for Wicked Pictures using the MPEG-2 codec employed by most standard definition titles these days (with 480 resolution). The lighting was better than usual in most scenes, the director wisely allowing his director of photography (Francois Clousot) to balance out the darker scenes and lighter ones with a nice touch. The composition of the shots helped enhance the look of the ladies too, a blend of medium, long, and close up shots establishing various perspectives. The bitrate seemed to frequently hover in the upper 3.6 Mbps range so it could have looked worse, some shadows on sex scenes used to work the story rather than allow for the usual flat lighting of a porno. It was a decent looking fuck flick at times, even for a smaller budget release from the company, striking me as big on creativity even if low on actual budget, with Jessica Drake providing plenty of input on the production. The audio was presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround English track showing a 384 Kbps bitrate (twice the normal rate for a porno) and a 48 kHz sampling rate, it did have some separation between the channels but most of it appeared to be related to the musical score and not the vocals.

Jessica Drake

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Body of Review: Brad Armstrong is one of the best known directors of feature porn thanks to his extensive history at Wicked Pictures. While starting out as a meat puppet and later being world famous for his marriage to Jenna Jameson, he did not rest on his laurels but carved out a niche for couples porn, many of his blockbuster releases standing the test of time far better than most of his peers works have done. His latest movie coming my way is called Hooked, a showcase effort for hotty Jessica Drake where she finds excitement portraying a hooker that was missing from her nine to five office career. The plot was a bit reminiscent of various other titles, both mainstream and porn, but it was capably handled in an entertaining manner, Jessica well known for her acting ability being at least as notable as her sexual skills. The back cover described the movie like this: "After another stressful day at the office, Andrea (jessica drake), decides to stop into a local hotel bar to grab a drink and unwind. But this is no typical bar; it's where out of town businessmen come to acquire a little "companionship". When she's mistaken for a hooker by the handsome gentleman (Marcus London) who brought her a drink, Andrea is devastated and leaves in a huff. But her curiosity gets the better of her and she returns for a chance encounter. They share an intense but brief relationship... Night after night Andrea returns, anxious to find another John to erase the emptiness inside. But it's not long before the reality of her secret nightlife has very real consequences. Award winning Director Brad Armstrong and award winning actress Jessica drake team up to explore the darker side of sexuality. Scorching sex, brilliant acting, and an all star cast, Hooked is an erotic rollercoaster ride that should not be missed. Go ahead... pay the price, slide it in, and you'll be... hooked." Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that condoms were used for those still interested:

Jessica Drake and Chanel Preston with Brad Armstrong

Scene One: Jessica Drake, the attractive young lady featured on the front cover, was up first in bed as she fantasized about a tryst with Marcus London, the man having mistaken her for a hooker earlier at a bar. The initial action was shown in a heavily edited vignette before it settled down to show him eating her out. She then playfully blew him as he ate her in a 69 position, three acts of vaginal penetration leading to a mouthful of genetic juice. While she was not as aggressive during the penetration work, it fit the story and she looked exceptionally hot.

Jessica Drake with Randy Spears

Scene Two: Eva Angelina, a busty brunette with a great smile, was up next in bed wearing a red & black bra as Bill Bailey went down on her. Her neatly trimmed pubes beckoned as her spread legs allowed him access, her facial expressions providing additional spank bank material. She did not yell every moment like some of her peers do (thankfully!) and was soon wrapping her lips around his pecker to give him a thrill, jerking him off to enhance the experience. They banged vaginally in a few positions, his condom clad cock doing an ample job as the chemistry seemed modest but present, Eva milking him dry of population pudding to her face during the ending blow job.

Jenny Hendrix, Kortney Kane, and Shyla Stylez

Scene Three: Jessica Drake, this time on the prowl in a sexy black outfit, was up next as she kissed moper Barrett Blade before going into the apartment. Their small talk aside, she inhaled his cock readily as she savored him orally on the white couch, the gal impaling herself vaginally on his protected penis. Jessica was much more sexually active this time, rubbing her clitoris as she used dirty talk to get him going, the guy busting a nut of semen into her mouth before she took over once again to give some post coital head.

Scene Four: Chanel Preston, one of the current "up and comer" hotties in the industry, was up next sharing Jessica Drake with Brad Armstrong. She picked up Jessica at the bar and the two engaged each other in bed, Jessica going down on the attractive gal before Brad came up behind Jessica to give her some oral. The ladies shared his dick orally before taking turns riding him vaginally, his protected pecker taste tested out of Jessica's pussy and used in several ways during the ladies 69. The tryst ended when the gals shared a facial, cut too quickly on the edit but satisfying nonetheless.

Scene Five: Jessica Drake, this time dressed as a sexy dominatrix, stormed into the bedroom of Randy Spears, treating him like a maggot in a case of poetic justice. Jessica used a variety of abusive comments and flogged him, her mask preventing him from knowing who she was and a ball gag keeping him from commenting once she had heard enough. She sucked his unclad cock and he savored her feet, moving to her pussy when the time was right. This led to a technical DP where a toy was inserted into her ass as his now-safe cock penetrated her pussy. She kept the fetish attire on during the scene and tasted the dildo out of her ass, slowly riding him before swapping out to do anal. She then jerked him off onto her foot but did not make him lick it clean.

Scene Six: Jenny Hendrix, Shyla Stylez, Kortney Kane, Tommy Gunn, Rocco Reed, Marcus London, and Tony Desergio, were up last in an orgy in a hotel room. Tommy and Rooco worked over Kortney while Shyla and Jenny did Tony, a bit of limited oral leading to the ladies balancing things out by picking a partner to vaginally play with. It was over way too quickly and the camera bouncing around weakened it for me substantially but the ladies all looked appealing and took their facials like champions, Jenny cheated of most spew due to Rocco's poor aim but the others doing fairly well even with a lack of chemistry.

Bonus Scene: 3 Days In June: After Jessica and Dane have met in the bar, she stops by his room and takes charge in giving him a romp of his life. As always Jessica brings a great sex scene to the screen and a pleasure to watch. Both with her hands and mouth she works his cock so well and uses plenty of spit. When Jessica rides cowgirl you get a excellent shot of her ass bouncing up and down on Dane making you wanting to just reach out and grab both of her cheeks and give them a squeeze. Reverse cowgirl gives some more great action of Jessica being fuck and playing with her pussy. As Dane Cross delivers his load, she lays here tongue right on the tip of his cock and coats it with his hot cum. She wraps up by rubbing his shaft on her tits to get the cum that fell there and then licks that off his cock too. Jessica and Dane certainly delivered a great pop shot sement. The scene wraps up with Dane falling asleep and Jessica looking in his wallet to find a picture of his girlfriend. (review by Bill the Hobbyist)

Summary: Hooked by director Brad Armstrong for Wicked Pictures might not compete against some of the best works by the director and his real life leading lady Jessica Drake, but it was far from a disposable outing either thanks to the acting, the sexual exploits, and the balance between the two elements that the company is so well known for. I don't tackle too many couple movies these days for a host of reasons but as expected, this one worked well enough for replay value and strokability that a rating of Recommended seems fair. Fans of gonzo releases centering on circus act sex will want to pass it up but those who find Jessica Drake to be one of the hottest women in porn should consider it as a "must have", the company dynamic of entertainment versus the industry held production lines clearly delineated once more. In short, Hooked showed how experienced ladies can still successfully compete against the hoards of industry newcomers in porn made for fun, the end result well worth checking 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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