Graham Travis became a new name to reckon with in adult films with his stark, very well constructed and much awarded film “Portrait of a Call Girl” for Elegant Angel. Now he returns with another compelling, passionate and powerful story that Travis both wrote and directed. Once again he delves into realistic subject matter with a very tight, well meshed story that is supported by some amazing, nom worthy performances by Lily LaBeau and Lily Carter. Travis has most definitely shown in “Portrait” and now “Wasteland” that porn can be a real film with real issues, real people, real conviction and adding the creme de crème with some scorching sexual scenes.
The story is about to old friends who had lost track of one another over a period of years. They are reunited, meeting on the beach after all those years just enjoying each others company. It isn't long before this reunion becomes a very adventurous, exciting, sex filled night of want, need, passion and lust. How this night affects the rekindled friendship is another part of the way this story is woven. There are some moments that many of us can relate to when we have lost touch with a close friend over the years. Travis brings it all full circle in a very well paced, well told story plus some unforgettable, major turn on sex scenes that will have you catching your breath.
From the opening with a haunting music score and the shots of trees, a lush hillside and the mountains you know this is going to be a very special film. The narrative in the beginning that accompanies these two friends frolicking in the lake years earlier leads this film into today. It is a dark film, it is a complex film, it is a thought provoking film, but most of all it is an exceptional film. Travis has a knack for bringing deep character studies to his films that are always well done. Lily LaBeau turns in another solid turn, but this is also a breakout performance for Lily Carter whose looks, expressions and body language are major assets beside being able to deliver dialogue.
This riveting film will be a heavy nom for a number of awards both on the technical side and acting side. It is a film I highly recommend for couples to view together. The extras that come with this DVD are top notch and include uncut sex scenes from the film plus a lot more. Check this one out today!
Review by Art Koch, National Features & DVD Editor, NightMoves Magazine and AAN