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Feature 5.5
Video 6.5
Audio 6.0
Special Features 5.5
Total 5.5
Distributor: Sony
Running Time:
103 minutes
Classification:
MA15+
Reviewer:
Erin Marcon

5.5


Sin

Ving Rhames plays Eddie, a former cop frustrated by his inability to prevent the drug induced decline of his younger sister, Kassie.  Gary Oldman plays Charlie, the voyeuristic sadist and underworld kingpin responsible for her addiction.  The two men clash in ‘Sin,’ a violent sermon on culpability and recompense. 

Our story opens with an effective juxtaposition of the pastel serenity of Eddie’s rural existence and the world of neon excess inhabited by Charlie.  Regrettably, this is one of director Michael Stevens’ few attempts at subtlety.  Thereafter, despite the bleak subject matter (e.g. sexual assault), ‘Sin’ becomes a by-the-numbers action film complete with fisticuffs, gunplay and one of the most over-the-top car chases in recent memory.  Just for kicks, they throw in some tiresome and inappropriate sex gags.   

Although their presence is undoubtedly the film’s selling point, Oldman and Rhames are merely adequate in their roles.  However Kerry Washington (as Kassie) delivers a performance noteworthy for its emotional impact.  Her vulnerability and despair are among the few credible elements in an otherwise ridiculous film.   

In perhaps the least convincing scene, Charlie attempts to murder Eddie in a manner so elaborate as to recall the villains of Bond and Batman.  Will Eddie perish at the hands of this madman or will he escape in time to fire off a few more rounds of screenwriter Tim Willocks’ macho dialogue.  No review of ‘Sin’ would be complete without reference to the groan inducing script, the nadir of which arrives in the form of Eddie’s rebuke to the goons gunning for his life.  “When you want to dance,” Eddie hisses, “you let me know.  Otherwise, stop wasting my time.” 

Steven’s directorial restraint is perhaps the most commendable aspect of this production.  Although the film features a scene of appalling sexual cruelty, it is depicted with skill and sensitivity.  Where some directors feel compelled to exploit the nudity of their subjects, Stevens’ ably communicates the horror of the event by focusing primarily on the reactions of those observing it.  This evocative yet compassionate approach bodes well for Stevens’ future projects but is sadly absent from the majority of ‘Sin.’ 

In closing, we must acknowledge the brief cameo from Hollywood’s hardest working character actor.  Just as film financiers once hesitated to bankroll any new film unless Gene Hackman signed on, producers must now obtain the services of the ubiquitous Brian Cox.  In this decade alone, Cox has already appeared in more than twenty films, including ‘The 25th Hour’ (2002), ‘The Bourne Identity‘ (2002) and ‘The Ring’ (2002).  If he continues apace, Cox may well become the subject of movie buffs’ drinking games. 

The disc is devoid of special features. 






 
 



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