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Last Seduction, The
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by Scott Weinberg

"Featuring the most evil bitch you'll ever love."
5 stars

The Last Seduction is an absolutely brilliant noir thriller, one that offers dark moments, sudden turns, and delicious dialogue. Directed by the criminally underrated filmmaker John Dahl (director behind such satisfying thrillers as this one, Joy Ride, and Red Rock West) with a downcast tone and badass attitude, The Last Seduction is a crisp and addicting modern thriller that will undoubtedly have you glued to your couch.

The plot centers around a merciless femme fatale currently going by the name of Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino). Bridget and her equally sleazy husband Clay (Bill Pullman) have just brought in a hefty payday, but a nasty dose of domestic abuse (and retribution) leads Bridget back on the road. It’s at this point that I gotta say “Just trust me”, because I’m absolutely NOT about to divulge even the most minute surprise that The Last Seduction has to offer. (There are several.)

Suffice to say that Bridget changes her name about as often as she strings another poor man into her devilishly entertaining web of deceit. Her ex-husband, a slow-witted yokel with a crush, and a host of low-rent gumshoes, criminals, and dirtballs try to get the edge on Bridget. That they fail may not be surprising, but the way in which Bridget manipulates and dispatches her ‘man friends’ is the stuff of modern movie excellence.

If Linda Fiorentino (Men in Black, Dogma) never gets another great role, her turn in this flick will be remembered fondly…probably forever. Much of the credit is logically due to screenwriter Steve Barancik, but Fiorentino makes a joyously evil character that you’ll simply never forget. Bridget is malicious, one-minded, and altogether selfish; you won’t be able to take your eyes off her. The supporting cast is a feast of quality, with Pullman (playing brilliantly against type), while Peter Berg (The Great White Hype), Bill Nunn (New Jack City), and the gone-but-still-beloved JT Walsh (Pleasantville) steals scenes whole...just like he did throughout his entire career.

I don’t know how else to say it; if the somewhat generic-sounding title has never made much of an impression during your visits to the video store – do yourself a huge favor and rent this fantastic flick. Tomorrow.

The Last Seduction ended up on over a hundred Top Ten lists for 1994. If you haven't seen it, you're doing yourself a massive disservice.

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User Comments

11/10/18 Nick Linda Fiorentino is the ultimate Femme Fatale. 5 stars
3/25/18 Langano Dahl's best film. 5 stars
3/26/16 nlm4569 My favourite film with a female lead 5 stars
10/29/09 Billy SLUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
3/22/09 Dane Youssef Brilliant on every possible level. Hitchcockian cast, script, direction and likewise. 5 stars
10/10/08 tj cuffe I love the nasty bitch and would love to meet one like her. 5 stars
11/03/07 Simmone Twisted! Outstanding, Sharp & Nasty... 5 stars
3/28/07 fools♫gold for utter lack of a better term: clever 5 stars
10/30/06 AJ Muller Great noir thriller; the fact that Linda Fiorentino scares the piss outta me is irrelevant. 4 stars
9/11/06 Sepi53 Linda Farentino makes performance of her live!! 4 stars
6/18/05 Indrid Cold I must be off base, but it seems like a standard direct to video potboiler. 3 stars
6/13/05 Agent Sands Fiorentino is nothing like Bridget Gregory in real life. Thumbs up. 5 stars
6/08/05 Jeanne Linda: Shock and Awe! Hey, Bridget - wanna be my life coach? 5 stars
7/19/04 R.W. Welch Over the top neo-noir pic is not very credible but has neat plotting. 4 stars
7/18/04 Jack Sommersby Implausible but greatly entertaining, with a knockout perf by Fiorentino. 4 stars
7/18/04 Richard good performances 4 stars
7/18/04 Jack Bourbon My dermatologist looked just like Linda. She didn't cut off my balls, though. 4 stars
7/17/04 y2mckay Linda plays a dirty, spiteful, hateful, grudgefucking cunt - but she does it so well . . . 4 stars
4/20/04 Christina H. A little slow moving, but she is SUCH a good bitch it is worth it 4 stars
2/01/04 LIAM JACKSON the sluttiness ruins it. i switched off at the point where she takes it up the ass. 2 stars
12/26/03 David Buswell Truly a great modern film noir. 5 stars
8/22/03 Jim Don't fuck with Wendy Kroy 4 stars
6/06/03 Christian Very clever film, brilliant modern day film noir 5 stars
5/28/03 Scott Howard Briliant 5 stars
4/11/03 Shams Huque Awesome! Fiorentino is damn good! 5 stars
3/26/03 Jack Sommersby Nasty fun. 4 stars
10/19/02 Andy Great film...surprising 5 stars
8/12/02 Grayyy Sharp neo-noir, with a powerful performance from Fiorentino 4 stars
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  26-Oct-1994 (R)



Directed by
  John Dahl

Written by
  Steve Barancik

  Linda Fiorentino
  Peter Berg
  Bill Pullman
  Bill Nunn
  Donna Wilson
  J.T. Walsh

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