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.