Sin (2003) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Here is the official plot summary from Sony pictures:

"Mega-tough Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible II) and Gary Oldman (Hannibal) set Reno, Nevada, on fire in the most explosive thrill ride of the year. Loaded with awesome effects, packed with action and also starring Kerry Washington (Save the Last Dance) and Brian Cox (X2, Adaptation). When his sister turns up missing, retired homicide detective Eddie Burns (Rhames) finds himself back on the job and hot on the trail of a sadistic monster (Oldman). But as he finds himself being pulled deeper and deeper into the dangerous world of pornography and drugs, Burns soon discovers that he has a great deal in common with the prey that he's stalking. And as the renegade lawman squares off with evil personified in the ultimate battle, one man will be punished, one man will be liberated but both men will be changed forever!"


Brianna Banks and Jessica Drake are naked (mostly bum exposure) as two porn actresses relaxing between scenes.

There is an unidentified naked man in a bedroom scene.

I guess that Sin may have been conceived as a theatrical release. It is rare to see a STV with Gary Oldman, Ving Rhames, and Brian Cox.

Unfortunately, it isn't much good, a predictable tale of a drug lord (Oldman) who plots revenge against a retired Reno cop (Rhames) because the cop caused Drug Guy's innocent brother to commit suicide. It is characterized by one-dimensional over-the-top performances and graphically stylized violence. In the best scene, Gary Oldman nails the Vinger's hand to an altar, then makes him watch a video of his sister being raped, while Oldman sets the church on fire. Fun stuff.

DVD info from Amazon

  • widescreen anamorphic

  • no significant features.

This is the second collaboration between writer Tim Willocks and director Michael Stevens. Based on the IMDB comments, the other one (Bad City Blues) is also quite disappointing, so weak that it isn't even available on home media. These two films represent Stevens's only efforts as a director.

Willocks seems to do fine on his own. Amazingly, he also the man who wrote Swept from the Sea, a thoughtful and respected costume drama based on a Joseph Conrad story.

The Critics Vote ...

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The People Vote ...

The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a D.

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