Toxic – Sweet Sinner – Director – Jacky St. James – Cast – Aila Donovan, Victoria Voxxx, Crystal Taylor, Quinton James, Ryan McLane

**** 4.5  stars

There is an old saying that ‘less is more” and no can do it better than Jacky St. James. She can take a light story, a small cast and turn it into a solid, big time even that has every element of the human psyche attached to it. In this brand new film “Toxic” she has done just that with this pulsating drama. In addition to the powerful sex scenes, it touches every nerve of what some people have gone through, or are going through in real life.

“Toxic” is the story of a loving couple who have a very volatile relationship that seems to only be satisfied by their sexual relationship. But beneath that exterior is an interior that is burning and yearning for escape, but how to do it is the question that keeps them together. When the idea of having a more open relationship comes about, it creates even more problems, but also some pleasures that bring about newly discovered layers in their personalities.

Aila Donovan and Quinton James play this volatile couple, Hope and Alec, who mask their intensities and discord in their lives the best way the can, with sex.  He thinks he may have the answer in experimenting with a threesome so he invites a stripper friend (Crystal Taylor) from a local club over to their place. He is hoping that she can lure Hope into a threesome and that it will provide some extra pleasure for them and maybe even help solve their other problems. It starts out in a very promising way as Hope begins to give in to Crystal. But everything goes just the opposite with Hope and her jealousies and hot tempered nature. So she walks out angry and leaves them alone and then you know what happens.

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She heads over to her friends, Tom and Leila (Ryan McLane and Victoria Voxxx) for some comfort and understanding. When she arrives Leila isn’t home, so Tom invites her inside. Being the goods friend he comforts her with words of wisdom but before long it becomes a lot more intimate and Hope gives in to the temptation and has an all out encounter with Tom. Knowing that Tom and Leila are in an open relationship she pretty much accepts the fact that this encounter will be okay. It is just what she needs to get her anger at Alec over.

After all this Hope returns home and tells Alec that she had an encounter with someone else. This just sets Alec off big time and things get a little rough between them. It ends up in a very hard, powerful and intense sex scene between the two as they both try to prove their points about each other and their relationship through sexual means. But is it enough, will Hope be ready to enter into an open relationship, will Alec decide that is not what he really wants? You will just have to see this well done feature to find out. I will also add that this was the firsat time I have seen Ms. Donovan perform and I want to see a lot more from her.

Once again Ms. St. James has blended story, location, cast and settings into a well played canvas of emotions and the human psyche. The scenes between Aila and Quinton are very powerful and edge of your seat strong. The camera work by Mike Quasar with some of the black and white images adds to the intensity and make up of the production. I can definitely recommend that you should get hold of this award worthy new release. It is a great couples view with plenty of steamy sex and great entertainment.

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Art Koch, National Features & DVD Editor, NightMoves Magazine and AAN