James 1: 14-15″But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (KJV)
As long as man has inhabited the Earth, there has been in. And with that thought in mind, the first installment of A Seven Deadly Sins series, LUST, premiered on Lifetime TV. Based on the parables and principles of lust found in the Bible, the story follows a young woman named Tiffanie Cooper (Keri Hilson) that is set to marry the man of her dreams, Damon King (Tobias Truvillion). Although everything seems fine and lovely, Tiffanie and Damon have cracks within their relationship, causing many rips and tears along the surface.
Just as doubt begins to creep in regarding the issues affecting their relationship, the devil himself, Trey Taylor (Durrell “Tank” Babs), waltzes in from the backdoor to complicate things even more. To add insult to injury, Trey arrives home from a seven-year prison stent to serve as Damon’s best man. As a person who enjoys writing creatively, there were several points in the movie where I could naturally plug a writer’s technique into the scene. It actually played out the way I expected it.
What I found most interesting about the film were the twists that the story took while still holding on to the lust concept. I mean, come on. It’s a Lifetime film. Lifetime is known for steamy, daring, and risqué moments in their “Made for Television” collection. However, the subtle and conscious diversion from the obvious made this first film in the series a success. Lifetime could have efficiently utilized the typical troupe of uninhibited and unbridled passion for driving the message home to the viewers. Instead, we were taken along the emotional rollercoaster of emotions with Tiffanie.
Another aspect of the film that I found refreshing was its’ honesty. Again, the message wasn’t driven down our throats but rather implied and referenced subtly. The most critical factor that caused Tiffanie to sway towards the road of lusting after another man was not just her own personal battle with sin. Damon was sinning along with her by being deceptive in how he wanted their relationship to go.
Since his friend went down for a crime seven years prior, he’d focused hard to place the “old Damon” behind him. But, in doing so, Damon denied himself and Tiffanie of an honest relationship. In addition to Damon’s focus on burying his shameful past, Tiffanie continued to lie about what she desired in their relationship because she was fearful that she wouldn’t measure up to the image that Damon crafted.
This subplot to the conflict made the film’s pace and emotions more realistic. We’ve all had to face temptations in our lives. We’ve all had to step away or go to the very thing that we know we should go to. Many times, the pacing of the plot always seems rushed and unrealistically out of sync. It could very well be because of the time restraints of the film.
But the fact remains we live in a world where instant gratification has crept into every facet of our lives. Time and space are constant and should always be respected, even in semi-fictional specials. As expected, Tiffanie tearfully tells Damon that she had been with another man and the emotional ride picks back up again.
But, despite the turmoil that Damon and Tiffanie endured because of the revenge plot orchestrated by Trey, love found its way back into their lives. But this time, love wasn’t the only thing that entered the chat. This time they had honesty, openness, and, more importantly, realistic relationship expectations. So, unlike Keri Hilson’s debut album, In A Perfect World, LUST showed us that despite our imperfections and our faults, striving for greater and supportive understanding makes our attempts at perfection seem more attainable.
Next Saturday, the second installment in the series ENVY will be premiering with Serayah, Kandi Burress, Hosea Chanchez, and more. I’m more than confident that both movies will prove to be successful, which will lead to the production of the remaining 5 installments. Since we’ve seen LUST and ENVY is up next, I wonder what’s following?
Will it be PRIDE, GREED, GLUTTONY, WRATH, or SLOTH next? Hopefully, everyone will set their DVRs and sit down to watch it with their friends and family to get that question answered. If you haven’t seen last night’s film yet, I strongly urge you to check your local listings for re-airtime. And until next Saturday, get a taste of what ENVY is going to serve us next week in the exclusive Lifetime Movie Clip below.