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Review Original Sin (2001): Temptation never has been this boring!

genre: thriller, drama

Never thought it would happen, but it did. Antonio Banderas let me down. 

Not that he was terrible in this film. But I could not manage to sympathize with his character at all. In a large part, this is the fault of the script and the direction. I could for the life of me not understand why they did not show scenes where Angelina's character actually showed real, genuine feelings at the start. A few scenes of intimacy, excluding the sex, would have made the difference for me. Especially since there is no visible chemistry between Angelina and Antonio. A good contrast for example are the scenes between Salma Hayek and Antonio in Desperado. What a joy to watch. You can feel the sexual tension and playfulness between them.* Sadly, this is not the case here. No tension, no playfulness whatsoever. Since, the whole believability of the plot relies on Varga's love for the very questionable Julia. It was not that convincing. Every twist and turn in Original Sin is predictable. And yet it felt like they were building up to some wonderful twist that never comes. In stead, we get one that is ridiculous to say the least. Not only takes it forever to get to the point, it was not even worth the journey. 

For once, I agree with the general opinion on this movie. There is no redeeming factor whatsoever. Original Sin is not only bad, it's a total waste of time.

* Salma Hayek has stated that filming the sex scene was upsetting to her. But that was due to it being her first, and she was worried of what her father and brother would think. All the more remarkable that her sex scene was more convincing than the one between Banderas and Jolie. To be honest, I think sex scenes in most films are boring and unnecessary. You don't actually need to show the act to create tension. A long passionate kiss accompanied by a firm embrace is easily more convincing than fake moans and fake humping.

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