Released: Dec 01st, 1991
Running Time: 114
Directors: Josh Eliot, Taylor Hudson
Company: Catalina Video
Cast: Hank Sterling, Chance Caldwell, Dolph Knight, Jack Dillon, Lex Baldwin, David Rockmore, Ryan Yeager, Danny Sommers, Jeff Converse, Tom Steele, Mike Henson
Critical Rating: AAA
Genre: Gay and Bi
Obviously a great deal of time and money went into this sequel to the best-selling Power Tool, which starred Jeff Stryker. But with one exception, nothing quite comes off as planned. Whether you like Stryker or not, you have to admit that he excels in the type of role for which he has become famous: Arrogant top man. Unfortunately, Lex Baldwin is a pale substitute, with all the vitality of a cigar-store Indian. His scenes with problem and Converse are as stale as last week's bread.
The other major problem is the script, which varies from the silly to the tasteless. Although LaRue does a good job as the evil warden, the role itself adds little to the plot's credibility. And like most prison scenarios, this one includes scenes that border on the offensive: Rockmore's overdone role as the "jailhouse slut" and the incredibly tasteless "beast in the box", which comes across as bad footage from Halloween.
So what saves the day? Ryan Yeager and Dolph Knight, who give superb performances as an inmate and his visiting lover respectively. Yeager's brilliance is no surprise; we've all seen it before. But Knight is a genuine shock, coming across as both convincing and passionate for the first time in his career. It doesn't take much to figure out that Taylor Hudson directed the Yeager/Knight scenes, which save the video in spite of itself.