The Horror Honeys: 'Original Sin': Lead Us Into Temptation Antonio and Angelina!

'Original Sin': Lead Us Into Temptation Antonio and Angelina!

A Revenge Honey Erotic Thriller November Review with Linnie

Original Sin (2001) ~ An Antonio Banderas Double Feature!

The one post-90s exception I’m making to the rule of Erotic Thriller Month this November is Michael Cristofer’s Original Sin. But because this movie is a remake of Truffaut’s 1969 film, Mississippi Mermaid, I figure that works out to about 1990 if you add and divide by… something? I don’t know. I don’t math.

Original Sin got little-to-no love when it came out in 2001, which is why we're talking about it today. Because Cristofer's movie reminds me of the kind of melodramatic femme fatale-based love stories we saw in the 40s, but with frigging fantastic sex scenes, and for those reasons alone, I love it with all of my heart.

So join me, for the erotic and engaging sex fest that is Original Sin!

Louis: She's not coming back, is she, Sara?

Sara: She never was here. You were married to a dream. A dream that stole your soul. God must have been angry with you the day he let you look in that woman's face.

The Story: Luis Vargas (Banderas) is a Cuban coffee baron in search of a bride who won't complicate his life, so he sends off for a mail-order bride from America. Julia Russell, the woman who arrives, isn't the plain lass he expected, but Angelina Jolie, who claims to have lied about her appearance to find a husband more interested in her personality than her looks. Since Luis lied about being rich, claiming to be a poor plantation worker, a precedent is set that neither can be fully trusted. But when Julia disappears with almost all of Luis' fortune, it becomes clear that nothing was as it seemed, and Luis sets off to find his missing bride.

If you watch Original Sin for no other reason, watch for this.
"This is not a love story - it's a story about love."

From the first time I saw Original Sin, I knew it was a film that not everyone was going to love. As a huge fan of 40s melodrama/mysteries like Rebecca, Laura, Gilda, and any other film 40s film with a woman's name as the title, Original Sin seems as if it were made in the wrong decade. There is nothing subtle about this movie: the acting is over the top, the sex is glossy and gorgeous, and you probably have a pretty solid idea where the story is going long before it gets there. But all of that being said, it never ceases to be engaging, or beautiful as hell.

Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaah...
Luis: Laugh when I tell you that I still love you.

Julia: No, not me. You don't love me.

Luis: Oh yes. Oh yes. Yes, you. Not Julia Russell, Not Bonny Castle. You. I love you as I know you. Because I know you. As you are. Good and bad. Better and worse. I told you this already, but you didn't believe me. Tonight you will. To us. A short life but an exciting life.

Julia: Don't do that.

Luis: No other one. No other love but you. From first to last. Start to finish. Don't change, Julia. Don't ever change.

It would be a lie to say a huge part of Original Sin's appeal ISN'T the glorious beauty that is Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie. Never were two people more perfectly suited to have on-screen sex, Banderas' ageless body and Jolie's statuesque form entwined like sexy angels. Normally I wouldn't encourage you to watch a film just for the sex scenes, but this is one exception, because if I can't sell you on the story, at least the sex scenes are perfection.

I'd let him shoot me. Or her. Both of them. Together.
I also can't let this review end without mentioning Thomas Jane. I can't recall many times I've seen Jane play a four-alarm skeezebag, but he does it in Original Sin and he does it well. A scene between Jolie and Jane in which their fighting is so sexually-charged you kind of want to die a little bit, is one of the most memorable in the film. I don't think Thomas Jane gets enough credit for how good he is, or how much he can elevate even the most one-dimensional roles. But he definitely deserved more credit for what he did in Original Sin.

So. Much. Manhandling.
So is Original Sin the most amazing movie ever? Nope. But I love it anyway. And I could watch Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas have sex all day.

Seriously. All day. Can someone just put that on a loop for 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, Original Sin gets:

Erotic Thriller Rating: 4 dropped panties out of 5

Original Sin is available via HBOGo (for a limited time), iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, & blu-ray/DVD

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