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Sin is a 2003 American crime thriller film[1] directed by Michael Stevens. It stars Gary Oldman and Ving Rhames, with a supporting cast including Kerry Washington, Alicia Coppola and Chris Spencer.[2] The film, which was released direct-to-video, has been censured by Oldman.[1]

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Directed byMichael Stevens
Produced byDavid Leyrer
John Saviano
Michael Stevens
Tim Willocks
Douglas Urbanski
Written byTim Willocks
StarringGary Oldman
Ving Rhames
Kerry Washington
Alicia Coppola
Chris Spencer
Music byMichael Giacchino
CinematographyZoran Popovic
Edited bySuzanne Fenn
Leyrer/Stevens Entertainment
Distributed byColumbia TriStar Home Entertainment
Release date
Running time
107 min


Plot synopsisEdit

Retired Reno, Nevada police officer Eddie Burns (Rhames) goes in search of his wayward sister Kassie (Washington). Along the way, his past wrongdoings make him the target of a revenge campaign by enigmatic criminal Charlie Strom (Oldman).[3]



Critical reactionEdit

Dominic Wills of TalkTalk described Sin as "a kind of cross between Death Wish and 8mm".[4] DVD Talk journalist Shannon Nutt awarded the film two stars out of five, and wrote: "Sin makes for a decent rental... The plotline is rather predictable and similar to many other cop dramas you'll find out there, but the acting of both Rhames and Oldman put Sin just a notch above other releases in the same genre."[5] Forrest Hartman of the Reno Gazette-Journal gave the movie a "C-" score, and said: "It lacks the tension and cohesion that might have made it good. Locals may appreciate the nice Nevada backdrops, but there's not much more to recommend."[6] Critic Dennis Schwartz also rated the film "C-", and called it a "weakly directed revenge tale" with "stilted dialogue, a tired story, schematic action scenes, a questionable moral compass and uninspired acting (even from the noted headliners)".[7] Guardian writer Xan Brooks felt that with Sin, Oldman accepted a "barrel-scraping" role at the "low point" of his career.[8]

Oldman's responseEdit

Oldman admitted in a 2005 interview with Time Out that he signed onto Sin purely for money, as he had not acted in some time and had recently settled a divorce. He said of the film: "Oh God, that's possibly the worst movie ever made. I even felt sorry for the trees they cut down for the script paper... If you're a connoisseur of the terrible, you might get a twisted joy out of it."[1]


  1. ^ a b c World Entertainment News Network (June 7, 2005). "Oldman Ashamed of Sin". Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Harris, Dana (October 14, 2001). "Trio of thesps sign for 'Sin'". Variety. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Sin (2003)". Letterboxd. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Wills, Dominic. "Gary Oldman - Biography". TalkTalk. Archived from the original on September 20, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Nutt, Shannon (March 1, 2004). "Sin". DVD Talk. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Hartman, Forrest (February 20, 2004). "Sin". Reno Gazette-Journal. Gannett Company: 84.
  7. ^ Schwartz, Dennis (August 21, 2004). "Sin". Ozus' World Movie Reviews. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Brooks, Xan (February 9, 2012). "Gary Oldman: from Sid to Smiley". The Guardian. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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