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Original Sin Review

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A wealthy coffee merchant in 19th century Cuba decides to get himself an American wife, sight unseen, and gets more than he bargained for in the beautiful but mysterious woman who shows up.

★★★★

Antonio Banderas, in full-on swarthy mode, plays a wealthy coffee merchant in 19th century Cuba who decides to get himself an American wife, sight unseen. Banderas resorting to a mail-order bride is about as believable as Bill Gates clipping coupons. Still, he gets a little more than he bargained for when Angelina Jolie shows up, and he's careful to test the merchandise.

It's not all gauze-filtered shagging; writer-director Michael Cristofer manages to squeeze in a completely dull murder mystery between the bodice-ripping. Recast with Shannon Tweed and Doug Jeffrey, this might pass muster as 3am cable-filler; as an expensive star vehicle it's a pompous, unerotic dud that, annoyingly, isn't quite bad enough to be funny.

Recast with Shannon Tweed and Doug Jeffrey, this might pass muster as 3am cable-filler; as an expensive star vehicle it's a pompous, unerotic dud that, annoyingly, isn't quite bad enough to be funny.