Condidering that this film features two of Hollywood's most well known faces (Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas), it was massively overlooked during its UK cinema release in September 2001. This was probably not helped by the fact that it was released during the week of the WTC attacks, but also by heavy, unfair criticism from most reviewers. Many critics could only find one good point - Angelina Jolie nude. Of course, for the less shallow amongst us, there are other good points.
Although Original Sin is classed as an erotic drama, it in fact only contains one sex scene which is very tastefully shot and is a vital part of the storyline. The rest of the film is a highly watchable story about a coffee tycoon who falls in love with his mail order bride which affects both their lives forever. The acting is superb as is the direction and production. The film-makers have really perfected their craft since their last Jolie collaboration, Gia.
Obviously, it will be Jolie and Banderas fans who will most want this DVD (at least, if they know it is out they will - the promotion has been awful) but you could do a lot worse if you are looking for a decent saturday night movie.
Don't expect a Friday night Channel Five movie - I really don't understand why it is classed as erotic drama. Also, you are only buying this disc for the film as extras are more or less non-existant. Instead, this is an intelligent, grown-up movie which is highly watchable and should have been a bigger success.
Give it a try!