Sin by Murder (2004)

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On the night of their tenth anniversary, corporate lawyer Michael Barnes' wife is brutally murdered. Labelled the prime suspect by Detectives Jack Burns and Amy Cobb, Barnes must try to ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Amy Cobb
Jack Burns
Michael Barnes
Paisley Blackburn ...
Sharon Sloan (as Jyllyan Dixon)
Michelle Barnes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lauren Brower ...
Female Detective
Jennifer Calhoun ...
Jennifer Daly
Arthur Willis
Michael Hicks ...
Lee Sloan


On the night of their tenth anniversary, corporate lawyer Michael Barnes' wife is brutally murdered. Labelled the prime suspect by Detectives Jack Burns and Amy Cobb, Barnes must try to clear his name before it's too late... Along the way, Barnes' closest friends begin to show their true colors, and with no one left to trust, he finds himself with nothing to lose as he's faced with the toughest decision of his life. Written by Mark Baranowski

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Wealth... Passion... Deceit... A DEADLY combination. See more »


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Former title of film: "Blackmail". See more »


Michael Barnes: You have to tell them you were with me that night.
Sharon Sloan: Are you crazy? And risk my own damn marriage...? Sorry, baby, but I'm not about to live the life of a divorced woman!
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21 January 2006 | by (Everywhere and nowhere) – See all my reviews

While it's somewhat obvious the filmmakers enjoyed this foray into a genre I can only describe as "crime/drama/soft-core porn," the end result is a test of endurance for those on the receiving end. Granted, one can only do so much on what must have been a shoestring budget, but this... words seem to elude me. The production, let's just say, isn't the only thing that comes across as cheap.

The story, filled with more holes than the finest of Swiss cheese; and the dialogue, with pauses between sentences that you could drive a cargo train through; serve only to bring the viewer to the inevitable sex scenes, complete with Casio keyboard music, slow motion writhing, and dissolves that take us to equally unappealing camera angles of the same loathsome characters moaning and groaning between the sheets.

Allow me to illustrate. In one of the painfully drawn-out scenes in the police investigators' office, which is clearly one of the filmmakers' studio apartments, the female cop (played by Rylie Morgan, wife of director Mark Baranowski) is distracted by another smartly-dressed woman, who might be a district attorney and has come to the office to interrogate a suspect, who might be the male lead. The two women exchange a glance that lasts what seems to be five minutes too long, and the scene simultaneously dissolves and deteriorates into a fantasy lesbian sex dream between the two. The scene ends right where it begins, the male half of the dull cop team (played by Baranowski), comments in monotone on the heated exchange of glances, before he and Morgan leave the room. And you never see the lesbian D.A. woman again.

The film is merely a drawn-out, hastily edited hodgepodge of scenes of people talking slowly, which eventually lead into gratuitous, tedious sex scenes. Throw in some prop guns, which are obviously pellet guns, some bare-breasted woman rubbing fake blood on her stomach, an excruciatingly long scene with the above mentioned woman talking on the phone another woman who might be the villainess, and you have a telling cross section of what this movie might be about.

The only satisfaction to be derived from this cinematic excrement is the ending. Nothing is really resolved, but the viewer knows it's finally over. That is, of course, after the viewer has endured the nearly 15 minutes of included "outtakes," which merely suggest that some of the actors are nearly as repulsive as the characters they play on screen.

For those gluttons for punishment who enjoy an ironic viewing of trashy cinema, "Sin by Murder" extends far beyond that thorny hedge of a thin line, boldly crossing that line with a sick bravado that leaves its viewers feeling unclean. Put frankly, there's not enough holy water to cleanse this movie from one's self. I've tried.

By looking at the credits to Baranowski's name on his IMDb page, one can tell the aspiring director/writer/actor/producer/composer/editor/set director/cinematographer/production assistant/special effects man/evil clown is trying to branch out into different genres of film. For the sake of humankind (or at least those unfortunate enough to stumble across "Sin by Murder"), let's hope he succeeds, learns from this egregious mistake and makes something mildly worthwhile, somewhat enjoyable and far less repulsive.

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