‘Cruel Intentions 3’ was a step in the right direction

Because there’s a review for the first and second one, I felt like we need to finish off the franchise because it’s only fair. After watching “Cruel Intentions 2,” I came into “Cruel Intentions 3” will little to no expectations. I pretty much just went in hoping and wish that it wasn’t as bad as the second one. That one was a fucking trainwreck.

The moral of the “Cruel Intentions” series

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If you want to be so much like Kathryn, then let me be your Sebastian.

“Cruel Intentions 3” was released in 2004 as a direct-to-DVD sequel. No one from the original movie returned and honestly, for the best. The only thing that ties this movie to the two before is that the main female is related to the queen bitch Kathryn. It stars Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek”) and Kristina Anapau (“True Blood”) as Jason Argyle and Cassidy Merteuil respectively.

The movie follows Jason and Cassidy as they use the people around them in bets that get them money, power, and sex. Things get a wild when Jason’s roommate gets involved and things start to get a little real and the bets take a more manipulative toll on the people around them. It’s pretty much a new take of the plot we have had in the last two movies. It’s nice to see them not use the same plot points.

This movie is a hundred times better than “Cruel Intentions 2.” It felt more like a movie and I could tell that they put more effort into it. It was more of a sequel than the one before it. It’s still not up to the level of the first one. That’s pretty hard to do because it’s iconic.

Meet Cassidy and Jason. They aren’t step-siblings so this isn’t creepy

The acting in it is still iffy but it’s not as noticeable with this one because the actors portrayed their characters so much better. It was way more believable this time around. It could be that they are all new characters but either way, I liked the characters more. As I said, it probably has to do with the fact they are new characters and not characters that I’ve already known and liked before they got new actors. They aren’t as good as OG Kathryn and Sebastian but they are better than the versions in “Cruel Intentions 2.”

Now I will say this: this movie came across as softcore porn. There’s actually a couple of very graphic sex scenes that are pretty much softcore porn. It’s actually kind of awkward sex scenes too. They don’t really add things to the movie. It’s kind of like they just threw in some sex scenes to make it spicy.

When it comes to the main plot of the movie, there is too much going on to keep up. There’s multiple plots points going on and it gets hard to follow at some points. Is it really necessary to have multiple bets going on? There’s also more side characters that don’t really do anything. Some set up a plot point for it to make sense and then other times it’s kind of like “Why are you here?” One thing that “Cruel Intentions 2” did right was it let the plot flow naturally and not have too much going on. This is just too much thrown at you for the sake of filling time.

Verdict

“Cruel Intentions 3” is a much better movie than “Cruel Intentions 2.” It’s still nothing compared to the first movie but it was a step in a better direction. The fact that it had little to do with the original helped it greatly. What didn’t help it was that the plot had too much going on. The sex scenes were meh and felt placed to make the rating. Honestly, I wouldn’t have minded seeing this become the television show. The characters were new and likable. I honestly want to know what happens to them after the awkward transition at the end.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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