xXx: Return of Xander Cage
The last forty minutes of the movie do come together in a pretty diverting way.
"Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue” is not a sequel. There has never been anything like it before. The original "Wild Orchid" (1990) starred Mickey Rourke and Carre Otis in a story set in the present day. “Wild Orchid II” begins and ends in 1958, in a story with different actors playing different characters. There are, however, links between the two films: Both are written and directed by Zalman King, and both are about lots and lots of sex.
King's work all occupies the territory close to the border between the R and NC-17 ratings. As a writer, he is responsible for “Two Moon Junction,” which survived its box-office disappointment to become one of the all-time top renting videos, and “9 1/2 Weeks.” Those films and the two “Orchid” movies are different in many ways, but not in the frankness of their subject matter. At a time when many movies seem to arrive already edited for the airlines, King is still staging love-ins.
“Wild Orchid II” tells a preposterous, melodramatic and undeniably intriguing story about a young woman named Blue (Nina Siemaszko) whose mother is dead and whose father, a jazz musician, is addicted to heroin. They travel from one club to another, until Blue's father is so desperate for a fix that Blue agrees to have sex with a club owner in return for heroin. Sex, she finds, means little to her (she affects a pose of hardened indifference). Before long, she is weighing an offer from Elle (Wendy Hughes) to become a prostitute - one of the girls in Elle's stable in the most exclusive bordello in California.
She accepts out of a deep sense of resignation and cynicism, and undergoes a transition from an innocent naif to a hardened pro.