Its a rare occasion when the storytelling in porn makes a sequel not only feel necessary it also leaves the viewer wanting more. But thats what director Jacky St. James and her cast and crew at New Sensations have achieved with this sensational follow-up to their XBIZ Award-winning original from 2013.
Powered by terrific acting, smart pacing, and Pax and Calhouns volcanic sex scenes, the second part of their journey through a dark world of dominance and submission is both believable and surprisingly unexpected.
St. James chose to advance the story of Emma (Pax) and Mr. Frederick (Calhoun) in Boundaries, turning up the intensity of their arrangement when Emma moves in with him. Now a full-time submissive, Emma receives a new, beefier contract from Mr. Frederick, who also happens to be the boss at her office job, with a set of gnarly ground rules that test her mental and physical limits.
She reads the contract with Mr. Frederick in the films tone-setting sequence in which we hear the voice in Emmas head reciting the words.
Each day I will practice the art of submission in whatever form it presents itself any time, day or night I wont just play the role, Ill become the role.
She continues, Ill accept every challenge given to me regardless of the level of difficulty Punishments will be intense, but only as often as deserved.
Emma must also ask for permission to share a bed with her master, who doesnt always grant it. But its when she gets to the part in the contract where Mr. Frederick suggests bringing another person into their relationship that things start to get complicated. Emma doesnt want sex with anyone but him, or so she thinks.
So Mr. Frederick, in a fashion that only he can, persuades Emma to open her mind to it. He assures her, You dont have to do anything you dont want to do. Youre in complete control over what you do and dont do Im just making suggestions.
Then almost like a hypnotist, Mr. Frederick sternly orders Emma to imagine what it would be like being with another man.
Imagine how he would touch you. Who are you thinking of? he asks her.
She confesses shes fantasizing about the unassuming new guy at the office, Shane (Logan Pierce).
He just seems so innocent, like hes never done anything wrong and hes dying to be corrupted, Emma says.
Mr. Frederick presses her, asking, How would he have sex with you?
Hed take me from behind, she replies, now fully immersed in the fantasy. Mr. Frederick takes off his tie, blindfolds her and says, I want you to pretend Im him. Show me how he would touch you.
They go straight to the anal in arguably the best scene of the movie as Pax and Calhoun deliver a build-up and lovemaking session so strong it rises to the level of performance art.
Meanwhile, Emmas alluring sister Nadia (Riley Reid) brags to her that shes been experimenting with BDSM with her husband Ray (Van Wylde), and now she regrets it because he wants a threesome. It gives Emma pause.
When we add new sexual partners, is there always a negative outcome? Emma asks herself. Why cant we have it all? An intimate connection to one person and the freedom to enjoy the pleasures of others?
Its those burning questions that keep Boundaries hurdling forward as Mr. Frederick extends his mental dominance over Emma, instructing her to let Shane know about her sexual thoughts for him. Pax, who is damn near unstoppable when shes demure in glasses, brings even more depth to Emmas character as she starts being sexually suggestive with Shane.
I wanted to prove to myself that I was bold in spite of my fear, she tells herself.
But the most dramatic turn comes when Mr. Fredericks ex-girlfriend and first sub, Audrina (Sara Luvv), pays him a visit at the office. It takes Emma by surprise and sends her into an emotional tailspin. Suddenly she entertains doubts about her bond with Frederick, picturing him back in Audrinas arms.
Consumed with worry, she starts failing at Mr. Fredericks tasks and soon they begin to drift apart. Desperate for answers as to why he keeps leaving the house for long periods, Emma follows him to an unfamiliar location one morning.
In another incredible scene, a teary-eyed Emma confronts him. He asks her if she still trusts him. Im afraid Im losing control, Emma admits.
Control weakens you. The power is always in letting go, Frederick replies.
He assures her nothing happened with Audrina and hes been going to the new spot to create a safe place for us to push our limits outside of work and home.
Against her wishes, he recommends they go back to a part-time arrangement and re-establish their boundaries. Then its time for Emmas punishment, which involves Frederick putting her in shackles, disappearing and making her wait several hours before returning to fuck her as she begs for it.
It turns out going part-time is just the relief Emma needed and her confidence grows, setting the stage for the climactic scene when Mr. Frederick accompanies her to a hotel where she finally meets Shane and bangs them both in a torrid threesome.
What Emma has learned from these experiences is now clear: Not everyones boundaries are meant to be crossed. But for others, life isnt about being comfortable, its about being free.
Calhoun brings an air of gravitas to the role of Mr. Frederick the tone of his voice, delivery and command of the room hit all the right notes and his chemistry with Pax is something special.
St. James, meanwhile, has created a definitive work that is part of a cultural moment for the BDSM lifestyle and it shows where adult entertainment can go when it reaches its potential.