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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Sin
Sin
Columbia/Tri-Star // R // February 3, 2004
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Review by Shannon Nutt | posted March 1, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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THE MOVIE

If it were not for the presence of Ving Rhames and Gary Oldman, Sin would be a total waste of your time and money. But fortunately, we're talking about two gentlemen with some acting talent – so while Sin still doesn't warrant a purchase, it does have enough to provide an entertaining rental…as long as you don't expect too much from it.

Rhames stars as Eddie Burns, an ex-cop who is (supposedly) enjoying retirement. Decked out in a old cowboy hat and trenchcoat (which Rhames wears throughout the picture) – he looks kind of like an African American version of Indiana Jones – although the outfit is where the similarities end. Rhames' character is haunted by some things he has done in the past – although we don't find out what until late in the film.

Oldman plays Charlie Strom, a pornographer/drug dealer who has kidnapped Burns' sister – for reasons that have nothing to do with her and everything to do with Eddie Burns. Nobody plays "slimy" better than Oldman, and his portrayal of Charlie Strom is about as creepy as it gets – as he not only makes sure Burns' sister gets hooked on heroin, but he has her raped by a pair of Japanese associates and captures the event on camera so he can send Eddie a copy of the crime.

Of course, the movie soon falls into typical formula – as Eddie starts tracking down the people responsible for his sister's abduction and assault and begins to pick them off one by one. There's also the problem of Charlie's character – who…like too many bad guys in films these days…spends too much time talking to Burns when he should just kill him, and goes completely psycho towards the end of the movie, despite the fact that he has been cold, cool and cunning up to that point (why, oh why, does every killer in the movies do this?!).

But if you can get by the film's faults – and the fact that the movie has no less than three big showdowns between good guy/bad guy, when one would have done just fine – then you'll probably have a reasonably enjoyable time watching Sin.

THE DVD

Video:
The movie is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, but I found the picture to have a very dark and grainy look to it – even in scenes that (apparently) take place in broad daylight. There's also the occasional fleck of dirt on the print. It's a watchable transfer, but far from exceptional.

Audio:
The audio fares much better than the video and is presented in 5.1 Dolby (a 2.0 French track is also an option). The audio sounds pretty good, and is aggressive in all the right spots, although you should keep your remote handy since often the audio is a bit too aggressive!

Extras:
Aside from a chapter selection and subtitle options (English, French, Spanish, Thai, Portuguese, Chinese and Korean), the only extra on this DVD is four Trailers - three of them for other releases and one for Sin.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Sin makes for a decent rental, but it's not the kind of movie you'll want to add to your collection. The plotline is rather predictable and similar to many other cop dramas you'll find out there, but the acting of both Rhames and Oldman put Sin just a notch above other releases in the same genre.
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