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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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  • Directed by: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez
  • With: Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, Eva Green
  • 102 Minutes  

“Sin City’s where you go in with your eyes open, or you don’t come out at all.”

Nine years after the release of Frank Miller’s “Sin City”, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller teamed up again for a highly anticipated return to Basin City (you can check my review of “Sin City” by clicking here). The dangerous streets, the corruption, the power, the sexiness and the stylish violence are back to please the enthusiasts that supported Miller’s story right from the beginning. “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” works as a prequel and a sequel at the same time and although there are new characters that need to be introduced, there is also time for the return of Marv, Gail, Hartigan, Nancy, Roark and Manute. Together, these characters will share their stories and problems… But in Sin City there’s no way to escape death and power is the only thing that matters…

“Death is just like life in Sin City. It always wins.”

While good old Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) entertains criminals, perverts and poor guys with her dancing skills and sexiness she is constantly about the night Hartigan (Bruce Willis) shot himself… The man was simply trying to defend Nancy from Roark and his power but, for her, the fact that he abandoned her was a perfectly good reason to feel upset and angry. And while her revenge against Roark is being conceived, a curious character shows up in Basin City ready to agitate things around town just a bit by threatening Senator Roark’s “mighty” power…

Marv (Mickey Rourke) is also there, constantly watching Nancy, but not in a pervert way. For him Nancy was like a sister or a protégé and if anyone tried to hurt her, he was constantly there to beat the crap out of them with his super-human strength. For Marv, the regular boring days can be fixed with a good old fashioned fight and his super-human strength that allows him to protect Nancy was also Dwight’s salvation a couple of years ago…

When a mysterious beautiful lady that Dwight knew confronts him, several years after ditching him, he tells her to leave him alone and that he doesn’t care for her anymore. But Ava (Eva Green) was the master of seduction and her sexiness allowed her to force men doing anything she wanted… Dwight’s more pacific years were now under attack by the memories of their relationship and even though he wanted to stay away from trouble, Ava was without any doubt, a dame to kill for.Sin-City-A-Dame-to-Kill-For-3

“Sin City” is probably one of my favorite movies and its iconic style and insane violence was an inspiration for some short stories I wrote back then in my first years of Blogging. I absolutely loved everything about the movie… The details, the noir style, the insane characters and the all of the sexiness and craziness made “Sin City”, to me, a really special experience. But when a movie surprises you and amazes you as much as this one did, you set the bar a bit higher when it comes to your expectations for the sequel. I was perfectly aware that Miller and Rodriguez job was no easy deal since a long time passed since the release of the first movie and I knew that they decided to create new stories to complement the already published “A Dame to Kill For”.

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” kicks off with a small introduction made by Marv in which he tells a story about one ordinary night in Sin City and then the actors are introduced with drawings of their characters in an awesome intro sequence . The amazing cast, another characteristic of the first film, featured great new names such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green and some of the actors of the first movie like Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba. Again, a bit like the first one, the performances were all great and that feel of being in a Sin City devoured by violence and corruption is only possible due to everyone’s commitment to their characters. Eva Green (Ava) was the actress that stood out the most in the entire movie with her controversial and provocative scenes filled with sex, nudity and attraction. She’s a lady able to conquer guys in a matter of seconds and she’s definitely the most powerful female character in the movie. As for dudes, Brolin disappointed me a bit and was a bit far from the great performance of Clive Owen in the first movie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a good smart guy who will learn his lesson in a pretty messed up way. I preferred Jessica Alba’s performance in “Sin City” but this one was still enjoyable and as for Mickey Rourke, still as a protector of the dames he likes, his performance was an highlight in the movie and was a constant presence that connected every story of “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”.

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But even though “A Dame to Kill For” had good performances and great characters, the stories were simply weaker than the ones from the first movie. The stories about corruption and power that made “Sin City” a must see were replaced by stories about love, revenge and betrayal that are connected with the first movie but that have nothing to do with the awesome and powerful stories I was expecting . I guess that after 9 years of waiting I was expecting something that could be better than the awesome first movie but that was a bit hard to accomplish.

Thankfully, Rodriguez and Miller were able to bring back the magic and the style of “Sin City” and from beautiful effects to insane violence and lots of sexiness, there are enough reasons to give this movie a chance. “A Dame to Kill For” is brutal and violent and features several fights that look a bit alike the ones from “Sin City”. The visual effects were improved and some of them were actually better, improving therefore the noir experience. For those of you who are still a bit reluctant with the 3D trust me that in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, the 3D effects improved a lot the experience. Some of the fights and some of the most provocative scenes were definitely 3D-worthy. So if you consider watching this movie, think again about watching it in 3D.

The soundtrack was also good and overall “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” was a good experience. Although it’s a bit worse than “Sin City”, “A Dame to Kill For” still features some of the key elements that made the first movie a powerful and memorable ride. The negative points go for the weaker stories that aren’t memorable at all and that don’t allow the characters to shine even for a second. But for the style, for the beautiful visual effects and for the good things I mentioned already, I actually consider “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” pleasant to watch. In the end, it was worth to re-visit Basin City since I missed the irreverent characters and the characteristic stories.

★★★½

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1 Comment

  1. Xenolicker says

    Jessica Alba is still pretty hot, especially when you consider what Robert Rodriguez has made her go through in his various movies. Luckily for her and a pity for us, his movies are getting tamer and tamer. Still, the 3D is nice…

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