Fans of THE LAST SEDUCTION (1994) will find little to enjoy in this crude, direct-to-video sequel. Saddled with an entirely new, sub-par cast, this low-rent tale of manipulation and money lacks the original's subtlety, intelligence, and sly humor.
Residing in Spain, sexy schemer Bridget Gregory (Joan Severance) is enjoying the benefits of her previous scam--even as the obsessed father of her last, now-convicted, conquest hires an equally-alluring female detective, Murphy (Beth Goddard), to track her down. In Barcelona, Bridget meets
cold-hearted thug Troy Fenton (Con O'Neill), who runs a telephone-sex service; Troy invites Bridget to stay with him. Alone in his office, she secretly alters the company's computerized billing program so that the clients will be overbilled, with the surplus cash going straight into her personal
Murphy uses her feminine wiles to persuade a travel agent to provide information about Bridget's whereabouts. Once in Barcelona, she purchases a handgun, threatens Bridget over the phone, and challenges her to meet in person. After emptying her now-hefty bank account, Bridget goes to Murphy's
hotel room, with local thug Gabriel (Rocky Taylor) as her muscle. After he beats the detective unconscious, Bridget cold-bloodedly shoots Gabriel, and leaves behind Troy's business card in order to frame him for the killing. When Murphy comes to, she attempts to flee the country, only to be
detained because Bridget had planted the murder weapon in her luggage. Bridget, in the meantime, has made a successful getaway and is busy enjoying her ill-gotten gains in London.
Sequels to hit films are invariably disappointing; in this instance, however, the artistic chasm between the original and the knockoff is gargantuan. The plot of this European-lensed atrocity is not only wholly unrelated to that of John Dahl's sexy "sleeper," but it also contains no implicit
appeal of its own: it's an artless, unimaginative yarn that provides no insight into its cardboard characters. In the lead role, Joan Severance delivers little more than a flat impression of her predecessor, Linda Fiorentino, in every aspect including hairstyle and fashion sense. Alas, when it
comes to acting, she's no match for her sultry model; she cuts a fine figure in the collection of black lingerie chosen for her character, but without the depth and wit exhibited by Fiorentino's character, Bridget is merely a garden-variety man-hating femme fatale. And while the male characters in
Dahl's film were mildly sympathetic hormonal patsies, here they are immoral, drug-abusing scum who ultimately deserve their fates. The acting is uniformly mediocre, and though the plot requires that the viewer buy into Bridget's deceitful allure, Severance's dull vamping wouldn't fool a boatload
of sailors on shore leave.
The first LAST SEDUCTION was a well-crafted latter-day film noir; the followup --one hopes this truly will be the last seduction--is merely late-night, pay-cable filler at its most inane. (Violence, nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse, profanity.)
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: R
- Review: Fans of THE LAST SEDUCTION (1994) will find little to enjoy in this crude, direct-to-video sequel. Saddled with an entirely new, sub-par cast, this low-rent tale of manipulation and money lacks the original's subtlety, intelligence, and sly humor. Residin… (more)