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NO LIMITS a review of the Digital Playground release

No Limits is the adult answer to David Fincher's The Game and a damned good one at that.

From the opening credits sequence consisting of wild computer-animated puzzle pieces flying about and dark imagery of water to the surprising ecdysiast conclusion, Digital Playground's No Limits crackles with style and sexuality. The ominous music of Derik Andrews lends a techno-noir vibe to this spicy, salacious thriller as the camera opens on Devon taking a shower. Never a bad way to start off a flick if you ask me.

From here we are invited into the young couple's life, the business-minded and possibly frigid Adrian (Devon) and her well-meaning but sexually repressed husband (Michael Bellesfield). Adrian's hubby has brought her to a lavish restaurant to give her an envelope and let her know how distant he thinks she has been lately. The envelope is an invitation to some esoteric center that Adrian's never heard of.

Going on the word of her spouse that the people at the center will be of "help", our heroine visits the address on the car. Welcome to R C S. . ."We offer whatever is missing," the Center's administrative director Mr. Foreskin, nay, Friedkin (Mike Horner) tells us upon Adrian's arrival at the institute. "Everybody has something they want to better about themselves in life."

Still reluctant and unaware of what exactly the Center does, Adrian takes a leap of faith and humors Mr. Friedkin by filling out their lewd and arbitrary personal questionaire ("Do you masturbate?") and allowing his staff to perform anachronistic tests on her. In no time at all, the doctors have drugged her with a mysterious blue liquid and left her locked in a high-tech room to watch a grim video collage of provocative words ("Popular", "War", "Honor", "Solitude", "Courage", etc.) and hard hitting images ala A Clockwork Orange. "Death!" "Anxiety!" "Dominance!" "Excess!" Thrust...explosions, illicit sex and footage of Tera Patrick in Digital Playground's own Island Fever.

The video works on Adrian's frail unconscious and she begins masturbating in what may be the best self-gratification sequence of all time (music, camera angles, editing and dissolves put this a grade above the competition). Technique is what stands out here and in the rest of the movie. Writer-cum-director-cum-editor-cum-D.O.P. (I could've used /'s, but I thought cum was more appropriate) Nic Andrews' cinematography comes (there's the word again) very close in some scenes to matching or even surpassing that of director/d.o.p. Doug Liman ("Go", "The Bourne Identity") and/or Jan De Bont. Particularly in those elevator and hostage sequences (remember "Speed" with pre-Neo Keanu Reeves?).

In short, No Limits is the adult answer to David Fincher's The Game and a damned good one at that. Barrett Blade and actor/director Robby D are standouts as the two inept kidnappers who work for Alex (Jessica Drake) the lesbian with an agenda. Blade's paroxysms of bravado make his rare moments of tenderness that much more dramatic. And Mike Horner, the Robert Englund of adult film, proves once and for all that he is built for meaty character roles that call for solid acting. He looks so sinister in one scene that he could almost pass for a young and far more vital Sen. Charles Schumer. Frightening but cool!

As Horner puts it in the climax (no pun intended), "Sometimes you have to die so you can live again." That, I think, is the message of the film and a great ad slogan for a special edition DVD if ever Digital Playground should release one. Before the first act or even the first "money shot" is over, it will be clear to you why adultdvdreview.com had this to say about No Limits: "Stunning effects, storyline and sex..." Indeed! Who could ask for anything more? Devon + Digital Playground = real magicka sexualis.

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