All aboard for one of the most entertaining adult films of the year. When Nick and Nora Chalmers (John Leslie and Gina Carrera) find themselves with a severe case of writer's block after churning out one too many pulp mystery novels, Nora suggests a trip on the famed Orient Xpress to inspire their long overdue manuscript. What follows is a grand scale production that is true to the opulent treatments of other Agatha Christie novels. Kudos must go to the producers for such an epic undertaking that must have cost a fortune.
Lukewarm sexuality, stiff acting, and a few bad edits into hardcore scenes can't stem the thoroughly entertaining qualities of this adult film. John Leslie and Gina Carrera seem more at odds with each other than comic foils, with Carrera struggling under the weight of a major role and Leslie playing it straight when he doesn't have to. The sex seems more a burden than a bright spot, with only Pat Manning and her perfect breasts being the most memorable moment from a hot and horny tumble with Jamie Gillis. But none of these flaws hurt this production, where other big-budget films would be crippled by them.
Lust on the Orient Xpress is filled with great characters, great costumes, and such love that this rating is for quality, not effort. If I were to rate this on effort, I would have to go to AAAA's. However, with sexuality being a primary consideration I have to hold back one A. The sex, despite its lack of heat, is well photographed and gives the bodies of Tracey Adams and Gina Carrera the real exposure they deserve. Eric Edwards garners special mention for his hilarious send-up of an over-the-hill leading man who can't stop drinking. Not even during sex.
Now that I have critiqued this film for all it's memorable and not so memorable moments, let me recommend it to everyone. Entertainment this sophisticated doesn't come along that often in adult films. When it does, make sure you see it just to put things in their proper prospective again.