The Last Seduction

The Last Seduction

DVD - 2002
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Bridget Gregory makes her husband Clay steal more than half a million dollars, and then steals it from him. Hiding out in a small town, she grabs the first man she sees, Mike, to keep her cover. When Clay tracks her down, she stands to lose everything unless she can use her sexual power over Mike to lead him to murder.
Publisher: New York : Distributed by Artisan Entertainment, [2002]
Edition: 4.3 full screen version
Branch Call Number: DVD LAST SE
DVD LAST SE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Oct 26, 2016

Despite male protestations to the contrary, Linda Fiorentino winds up having the biggest member of all in this vulgar stab at neo-noir which asks us to laud its ridiculous twists as being far more clever than they actually are. Sultry voice notwithstanding, her character lacks both the class and the sexual triggers of a true femme fatale, her cold countenance and universal contempt delivering instead a sadistic, foul-mouthed sociopath (for which she won a few festival awards). Her mechanical couplings with local yokel Mike, obviously meant to titillate cable audiences, are tepid at best and his growing obsession for her, while necessary for the plot, is rendered more amour stupide than amour fou. Furthermore, although director John Dahl’s attempt to rewrite film noir conventions does contain some snappy lines and the occasional curveball, you soon get the feeling that you’ve seen bits of this movie played out in other, more superior films ("Body Heat" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice" immediately come to mind). And finally, after leading his audience through two hours of pathological scheming and trashy sex (and that corny music!) his facile ending arrives like a disappointing punchline to an especially insulting joke.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 17, 2014

The 90s saw a boom in neo-noir and gangster films (especially period ones) and director John Dahl initially specialized in them, making "Kill Me Again," "Red Rock West" and "The Last Seduction." Linda Fiorentino received a lot of acclaim for her sultry, devious femme fatale (aren't they always?), who steals money from her husband (a miscast Bill Pullman) and flees to a small town, where she lures a nice, but not too smart guy (Peter Berg) into her web of seduction! At close to two hours, it lacks the tightness and suspense of classic noir and the cheesy, jazzy score kills the mood a little. Also, there are some rather large plot holes, such as 1. Why would somebody on the lam take a job? 2. Why wouldn't here employee do any kind of background check? 3. Since the money was in cash, why not spend it? This got more attention, but Dahl's previous film, "Red Rock West," is better. J.T. Walsh, Bill Nunn and Hank from "Breaking Bad" have small parts.

love_my_library_card Dec 01, 2013

Linda Fiorentino delivers a marvelous performance of a calculating woman who ruthlessly manipulates men in this stylish noir drama from the 90s. Terrific in all aspects: plot, pacing, acting, direction, and music.

aaa5756 Apr 12, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

macabrescribe May 27, 2011

The Last Seduction was an exceptionally sleek noir from the 1990s. Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, and Bill Pullman performed well in their diverse roles. The ending was fantastic. This is one I will need to re-watch at some point.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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