The Horror Honeys: 'Against All Odds': Sometimes Love is the Most Dangerous Game of All...

'Against All Odds': Sometimes Love is the Most Dangerous Game of All...

A Revenge Honey Erotic Thriller November Review with Linnie

Against All Odds (1984)

Much like next week's review, No Way Out, Taylor Hackford's Against All Odds is a movie I grew up listening to my mother swoon over, but was never actually allowed to see. As an adult finally sitting down to watch it after over twenty-five years, it's safe to say my expectations were high. And for the most part, this EXTREMELY (see that? All caps, bold, italicized, underlined, so I mean it) erotic thriller did not disappoint.

You know what else didn't disappoint? Jeff Bridges' ass.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

The Story: Actually, it's right there on the poster. So I'm going to repeat it. "She was a beautiful fugitive. Fleeing from corruption. From power. He was a professional athlete past his prime. Hired to find her, he grew to love her. Love turned to obsession. Obsession turned to murder. And now the price of freedom might be nothing less than their lives."

But not before having some SPECTACULAR sex.
What the hell made you think you could handle Jessie? I bet you used to bring her home flowers.
No, you don't have to do that when you're living in the jungle. You just take her outside and show her what tree you're going to do it under tonight. Hell, we had lots of trees.

I can say without equivocation that out of all the 80s erotic thrillers I've watched, and we all know I've watched plenty, Against All Odds features some of the most beautiful and downright sexy love scenes I've ever seen a movie. Rachel Ward had just starred as Meggie Cleary in The Thornbirds the year before, so the girl knows how to nail her sex scenes (giggity). Jeff Bridges, though. Yowza. If he made a movie this sexy prior to 1984, I've yet to discover it. Ward and Bridges bring such passion and blind lust to every love scene, it's almost impossible to remember anything else about the movie.

~ Can’t anyone love me without it being life or death to them?
~ You know, most people are afraid they’re never going to be loved like that.

However, there is other stuff going on! The heart of Against All Odds' first hour is a love triangle between Ward's Jessie, Bridges' Terry, and James Woods' Jake. Jake is a club owner with a nefarious agenda, who sends injured and jobless ex-football star Terry to Mexico to find Jessie and bring her back to Los Angeles. Because she, you know, stabbed Jake in the junk. As you do. But Jessie is a rich girl with an attitude, and Terry can't resist her lack of desire for him. So it's this first hour that brings us all of the awesome sex and beautiful shots of Mexico.

I'm legally not allowed to say anything negative about James Woods.
He might sue.
The second hour of Against All Odds, however, becomes a bit more Chinatown than I would have liked. Based on the Jacques Tourneur film, Out of the Past, we discover that Jessie's step-father is involved in some shady land development deals, and Jake is in his pocket. Is Jessie a part of the conspiracy? Does Terry now know too much to live? Don't get me wrong; I thoroughly enjoyed the more mysterious elements of the film. It was just an abrupt tonal shift that made me miss all of the sexy times in the Mexican ruins.

However, like any good erotic thriller, it's the ending that you walk away from Against All Odds remembering, and while not your standard ET twist, it's a doozy. I'd be lying if I said I didn't tear up at the emotional final scene, as Phil Collins' theme song played over top. By the time the credits rolled, I didn't care that I'd just suffered an emotional bait-and-switch. I just wanted to watch Against All Odds one more time. I mean, how could I just let it walk away? Let it leave without a trace?

When I stand here taaaaking everrrry breaaaath... Ok, I'll stop.
Fun Erotic Thriller Fact: After seeing the film, and then listening to Phil Collin's theme song, "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)," the song lyrics are actually a point for point re-telling of the film. How I went my entire adult life without knowing this beyond me.

Throughout Erotic Thriller month, we are going to be working on a far more stringent rating scale than usual. That means that if I REALLY like a film, it will probably get a three star rating. If I love a film, four stars. If I want to take a movie behind the middle school and get it pregnant, that's a five star rating right there. So with that in mind, Against All Odds gets:

Erotic Thriller Rating: 4 dropped panties out of 5

Against All Odds is available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Vudu, Google Play, & DVD

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