Original Sin


Original Sin

Critics Consensus

Laughably melodramatic, Original Sin features bad acting, bad dialogue, and bad plotting.



Total Count: 91


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A noir mystery set in the exotic world of Cuba in the late 1800s. Luis Antonio Vargas, a wealthy coffee merchant, arranges a marriage through the mail but discovers that the woman who arrives to share his house is an imposter with an eye on his fortune. When he arrives at the docks to meet Julia Russell, he is amazed to find that she is not the simple woman he was expecting. Though happier than he ever imagined, the surprises continue until the story takes a fateful turn. This is the story about the dangerous and sometimes lethal power of love.


Antonio Banderas
as Luis Vargas
Angelina Jolie
as Julia Russell/Bonny Castle
Thomas Jane
as Billy/Walter Downs
Jack Thompson
as Alan Jordan
Gregory Itzin
as Col. Worth
Allison Mackie
as Augusta Jordan
Cordelia Richards
as Emily Russell
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
as Jorge Cortés
Robert M. Martinez
as Cuban Priest
Mario Ivan Martinez
as Cuban Priest
Harry Porter
as Stage Manager
Fernando Torre Laphame
as Wedding Priest
Fernando Torre Lapham
as Wedding Priest
Shaula Vega
as Dressmaker Girl
Lisa Owen
as Margareta
Nitzi Arellano
as Prostitute
Roger Cudney
as Ship's Captain
Adrián Makala
as Ship's Waiter
Patricio Castilla
as French Dining Steward
Francis Laboriel
as Ship's Stewardess
Patricio Castillo
as French Dining Steward
Derek Rojo
as Bell Boy
Abraham Stavans
as Mr. Gutiérrez
Roberto Medina
as Card Player
Julian Sedgwick
as Card Player
Alejandro Corp
as Card Player
Alejandro Reza
as Train Station Man
Guy de Saint Cyr
as Chief Jailer
George Belanger
as Gentleman in Morocco
Osami Kawano
as Gentleman in Morocco
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Critic Reviews for Original Sin

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Audience Reviews for Original Sin

  • Aug 29, 2012
    "You cannot walk away from love." Original Sin is an erotic thriller with a convoluted plot and one-dimensional characters. The story follows a businessman who becomes obsessed with a woman who posed as his mail-order bride, but turned out to be an impostor with a mysterious and dangerous past. The film stars Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie, and Thomas Jane, but none of them have particularly good onscreen chemistry. Additionally, the storytelling is especially poor; though it tries to be clever, it's unable to build much suspense or tension. Original Sin has a fair amount of mystery and intrigue, but it's poorly executed and unsatisfying.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2012
    Melodramatic to a fault, sluggishly paced, edited poorly, and badly written, Original Sin has a lot going against it. As an erotic thriller, or, more accurately, an extremely erotic thriller, it works because of the chemistry between Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie. Though they aren't given much to work with, their physical presence brings enough weight to the screen to make it watchable. The strong cinematography also helps gloss over the other technical weaknesses. Plenty of issues to be had, but somehow it still comes out slightly ahead. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2011
    Though Angelina Jolie is stunning and commanding in her role, she cannot make up for the over-dramatic, wishy-washy writing and lackluster, half-assed performances from Jane and Banderas.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2011
    The first half of the movie is way too smutty, but it gets interesting in the other half and although some things should have been better explained, it was still an okay "thriller", so to speak. Antonio Banderas is a real eye-candy in this movie which was the real reason I watched the movie in the first place xD. So, okay "thriller" with a few flaws over the story and a bit too smutty, but hey, Antonio Banderas for the girls and Angelina Jolie for the boys, everyone should be happy...in theory.
    Andreia C Super Reviewer

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