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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Seven Deadly Sins: Lust 2021 * * Stars


"It's gonna take us to the next level right?" The flick I'm about to review is not next level stuff. It's more a slow burn where scenes look like they're straight out of a GQ mail-order catalog.

Anyway, in Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, the "lust" is generated by Tiffanie (played by Keri Hilson). Tiffanie has lust for her fiance's best friend Trey (Allstate man lookalike Durrell 'Tank' Babbs). Trey and Tiff fool around right before the wedding which is to occur the next day. That's the blueprint for "Sins". It's a little Tyler Perry and a repressed version of 2014's Addicted. You could cut the tension but the knife is no great shakes.

So yeah, Seven Deadly Sins: Lust is a Lifetime movie. But hey, it's a Lifetime movie that doesn't really suck you in (isn't that why we watch this long-running network?).

Sure the film's Atlanta setting looks good, sure the storytelling plays out well, and sure the acting by everyone is I guess, adequate. But where's the real escalation and/or conflict? I wanted more. I wanted the groom and Trey to really duke it out and Trey to more clearly carry forth his waited revenge (that's why Trey and Tiffanie almost consummated their googly-eyed relationship in the first place).

"Sins" has a small twist and keeps the viewer somewhat occupied until its patched-up conclusion. But the proceedings never really take off from a dramatic standpoint. Furthermore, you wonder why Tiffanie and the husband-to-be (Damon played by Tobias Truvillion) are even getting married in the first place. Their affinity is not based on love, sex, or understanding. It's more of a convenient business relationship with disposable income attached. I didn't have popcorn on hand but if I did, I would have thrown it at the screen. The real "sin" here is falseness.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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