Plot: What’s it about?
Jason (Nathan J. Wetherington) and Patrick (Kerr Smith) love to compete, in sports, in school, and yes, even in romance. Well, not so much traditional romance, but sexual conquests, to see who can sleep with more beautiful women. Not only do the two compete in such contests, but wagers are placed on certain girls, to see if she can be seduced. Once the game has ended, the girls are left behind to deal with the consequences. This can be cruel, but to Patrick and Jason, its just a game to have a good time. The latest bet, one which involved two young women, ended in a draw and left both disappointed. The goal was to seduce and then abandon two young coeds, but the draw has ruined the excitement. In order to inject some spark back into the contests, the hottest girl is chosen to be the next target. She is Cassie (Kristina Anapau), a gorgeous and intelligent girl who might seem vulnerable, but she has a darker side. The guys begin their assault on her, unaware that she might have a plan of her own in mind. As time passes, both sides seem to think their plan is going well, but some unexpected turns throw things out of control. Is Cassie pulling the strings with her sexual manipulation, or do the boys have a leash on her after all? When all is said and done, who will turn out to be a victim?
The original Cruel Intentions has quite a fanbase, thanks to a hot cast, hot sex scenes, and a slick overall texture. After that success, a television series was planned, though the project, titled Manchester Prep, was soon scrapped. A sequel was soon created by slapping together footage from the doomed television series, with moderate results. The cast was young hotties and there was ample sex, but the dark, slick texture was gone. Even so, Cruel Intentions 2 was fun trash and worth a look. Now we have a second sequel, but since the previous film lost some of what made the original so good, would even more drop off this time? I’d have to say that is a resounding yes, as Cruel Intentions is lame as can be. The cast is decent in terms of looks, but fails to be as seductive as even the second film’s players, let alone the original. So we have some WB castoffs in a mediocre sexual thriller, but in a twist, there is minimal sex. This plays more like a UPN original movie, as opposed to a slick, cinematic production. I didn’t expect a complex plot, but I did want to see some hot chicks and I wanted to see them naked. Is that so much to ask? Instead of hot naked women, we have terrible dialogue and weak performances. Even if you’re a diehard Cruel Intentions fan, this one isn’t even worth a rental.
Video: How does it look?
Cruel Intentions 3 is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. I wasn’t overly impressed with this transfer, but it still looks very good and I doubt anyone will be let down. This was a direct to video release and as such, it lacks the refinement of a traditional feature film, but again, this is a fine treatment. The colors look rich, flesh tones seem natural, and contrast is well balanced also. I did see some grain and moire patterns at times, but I was never distracted in the least, so no real complaints in the end. I am pleased Columbia/Tristar offered an anamorphic widescreen version, despite the nature of the feature. Yes, these same comments were offered on Cruel Intentions 2, but then the transfers are on the same level.
Audio: How does it sound?
This disc uses a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, but aside from a few instances and the musical soundtrack, there isn’t much in terms of dynamic audio here. But the pop rock driven soundtrack comes across very well here, in rich and lush form at all times. The surrounds don’t see much action from sound effects, but a couple scenes do make good use of the extended channels. So this is not a powerful mix by any means, but it does the material justice and that is enough in this case. The dialogue is clean and crisp also, with no issues in terms of volume or clarity in the least. This disc also includes subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai, which cover almost all the bases.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes no bonus materials.