Retained my interest and sympathy -- at least until the nonsensical ending,
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Everything in this film is forgettable, right down to bongos pounding on the soundtrack to indicate a quickening of the pulse.
The director belabors every moment, forgetting that pulp tales need to be told quickly, lest the viewer have time to second-guess.
Despite the heavy-handedness, isn't awful enough to be a hilarious howler. But neither is it good enough to become the tropical noir it could have been.
Even the lovemaking scenes between two of Hollywood's most attractive stars -- often shot from above, like Cinemax soft porn -- are so unerotic, they make your skin crawl.
Ridiculous, yes, but in an eminently watchable way. Most of the plot twists work surprisingly well, and the frequently naked leads work up some genuine chemistry.
It's not nearly as mediocre a two hours as the trailers would have you think.
Jolie and Banderas are two hot actors, in many senses of the word, and their scenes together have a lewd excitement.
Aspires to blasphemy but achieves only banality.
The movie is not intended to be subtle. It is sweaty, candle-lit melodrama, joyously trashy, and its photography wallows in sumptuous decadence.