Released: May 01st, 2001
Running Time: 142
Director: Veronica Hart
Company: VCA Platinum Plus
Cast: Kelsey, Rebecca Lord, Ginger Lynn, Tyler Wood, Alexandra Silk, Adajja, Herschel Savage, Randy Spears, Evan Stone
Critical Rating: Not Yet Rated
Truly excellent, well-acted couples fare with plenty of Ginger.
Of the four features Ginger Lynn has done since her comeback, Taken is by far the best - and no wonder: All the right players and pieces have been assembled here, and director Veronica Hart (who's helmed all of Ginger's VCA work) has employed them all to the best advantage in what was a grueling multi-day, multi-location shoot.
Ginger shines as a housewife who can't seem to jump-start husband Herschel Savage's sex drive, even though she's all over him in bed, kissing him, licking his cheeks and giving him a sensual but energetic b.j.
Herschel's hormones take over once Ginger mounts him cowgirl style, leans down to kiss him, and he comes up to create a lotus position that leads to a hot mish - but when she reaches for her vibe, he's immediately repelled by the gadget and won't hold off cumming long enough for her to get satisfaction. After he jumps off and heads for the bathroom, Ginger again reaches for the vibe and delivers an excellent solo scene, all of which is excellent fodder for a pre-nom for Best Couples Sex Scene.
On the other hand, Ginger's friend Adajja, to whom she complains about Herschel's lack of consideration, seems to have no problem getting partners. Take pool boy Tyler Woods, for example. She just bats her baby blues, and before you know it, he's rocking Adajja's world in mish position, then cowgirl, on the pool chaise, with a long anal doggie for a (facial) finale.
It's at this point that we discover the reason for Herschel's lack of sexual interest: he's making it with psychiatrist-cum-hooker Alexandra Silk, dolled up in a purple business suit that's just her color. Look for two anal positions and a cumshot to her white stockings.
Now, the feature begins to get complicated, as Ginger is apparently kidnapped while giving directions to a dapper-looking Evan Stone. She's chloroformed in the front seat of his expensive car, waking up to find herself in a large double bed upstairs in Stone's mansion, where, shortly, maid Rebecca Lord bathes her, dries her off - and helps Stone strap her arms and legs so she's immobile, as Stone curls up next to her for a night's sleep.
It's an unsettling night, however, as Ginger dreams of a masked orgy involving Silk, Kelsey, Randy Spears and Lexington Steele, all of whom manage to pleasure Ginger either orally or vaginally - with the guys, it's two-on-one (Ginger) - and to get themselves off as well.
Stone turns out to be a rather fickle kidnapper, alternately dominating and caressing his prey - but, oddly enough, she begins to warm to his air of mystery, not to mention his rugged good looks. Think heaving bosoms, dashing rogues and Barbara Cartland, and you won't go wrong.
Finally, Stone brings Ginger back to his bed, where the pair engage in phenomenally hot sex, highlighted by a long course of pussy-eating, mish and spoon loving before the pair fall asleep in each other's arms. While it's sad that the scene is so short, it's still fodder for another Best Couples Sex Scene pre-nom.
Almost as sensual is the couple's next coupling, this time outdoors on the shore of a lake, featuring a beautifully-captured Ginger riding Stone's cock with abandon. It's all very romance-novelish, with the final lesbian lickfest between Ginger and Rebecca thrown in almost as an afterthought.
The ending isn't so much a surprise as a conundrum, as Ginger apparently wakes up from a dream, then is introduced by her husband to the real Stone... with viewers' imaginations supplying the rest - amid, unfortunately, enough jump-cut flashbacks to sate the most ardent "TV Movie of the Week" fan.
Taken is certainly a triumph for director Hart, who well deserves a Best Director nom for the effort, as do Ginger and Evan as Best Actress and Best Actor respectively. Ginger in particular brings all her acting talent to bear, and it's visible in just about every frame. We're also pre-nomming the principal cinematography of Barry Wood and Toni English, as well as Cyril Yano's script.