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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
|Studio :||Miramax Films, Troublemaker Studios, AR Films,|
|Crew :||Art Department Coordinator, Leadman,|
|Cast :||Bruce Willis Dennis Haysbert Stacy Keach Christopher Lloyd Mickey Rourke|
Lack of good storyline.
Good story, Not enough for a whole film
Don't Believe the Hype
best movie i've ever seen.
This movie didn't let down. The 1st was good and this one was just as equal.
While I posted a couple weeks ago that I found the first film dull, I think this might have elevated it. I thought these episodes, whether before or after the first film, added a lot to the world and characters that I thought was missing from the first movie. I love the "A Dame to Kill For" segment, and I thought Eva Green did a phenomenal job. The follow-up to "That Yellow Bastard" closed off the story well, which I thought ended kind of abruptly in the first film. And the segment with Joseph Gordon-Levitt I thought was good. If anything, that's the weakest segment, but it kept me interested, and fit well into Roark eventually getting killed. This has done what I thought was impossible, it made me want to see the first one again, and give it a second opinion. A sequel that renews interest in the original, 9 years after the first one was made. Well done.
I enjoyed the first movie for exactly what it was and watched the sequel expecting pretty much more of the same which is what I got. Sin City a dame to kill for is the follow up to the 2005 movie, most of the cast returns reprising their original roles while the corrupt nature of the city is further explored. Like the original the movie is divided into different segments that are loosely connected in some cases and heavily in others. This structuring works similar to the original though not as well certain segments are split when they probably shouldn't of been which kind of hurts the momentum. Despite this the movie does have a hidden narrative the descent of Nancy as every story at least glimpses her showcasing her increasing aggression, elements of her arc even appear in other stories, more on Nancy when we reach her segment.The movie is divided into three stories and a prologue the prologue is so short you really can't count it, though it is a fun opening that reintroduces us to Marv in great fashion. The first story called The Long night an original story not part of the comic features Joseph Gordon Levitt who plays a charming young man with a talent for gambling and a case of good luck his skills and luck ultimately pit him against Senator Roark, in a rather intriguing struggle. While short this story works as a brief tale and unravels at a fast pace with a rather unexpected yet satisfying ending. Powers Booth delivers a strong performance as Roark in this section giving Sin City a villain presence it has sorely lacked.The second story is the titled dame to kill for and this story is definitely the highlight of the movie and in my opinion the strongest segment in both movies. Josh Brolin does a good job as Dwight filling in for Clive Owen, while Mickey Roark returns in a larger role as Marv and as awesome and lovable as ever. Unfortunately the great Micheal Clark Duncan passed but Dennis Haysbert does a good job filling in as Manute. The girls of old town return as well and as sexy and deadly as they ever were. However the star of this segment is Eva Green as Ava Lord she really knocks it out of the park with this role embodying everything a true femme fatale is and gives the franchise it's most memorable villain. The story is well paced and takes up about half the movie and it's worth it all, this segment alone makes the movie worth seeing truly some of the best material of either movies.The final story is Nancy's last dance. This story contains some of the most intriguing parts of the movie as we watch as Hartigans death causes Nancy to slowly spiral downwards, we see as she becomes more angry bitter and full of hatred intriguingly enough Nancy's descent is mostly shown through her dances at the club as each one gradually loses the beauty it had and becomes more sexual and aggressive to the point that Marv becomes disgusted at what she is becoming. These sections are very good seeing Nancy fall apart through her grief and her rage towards Roark and Hartigan raises the character stuff above most Sin City stories. Unfortunately it kind of falls apart once Nancy sets out on her revenge the action is good but it all comes off as very rushed and we aren't given the same level of closure as in the first especially regarding Nancy's character who definitively needed more of a resolution to her story. As such Nancy's last dance delivers many of the best parts of the movie with a pretty good performance by Jessica Alba but it doesn't reach it's full potential because the end point is rushed.So where does this put the movie exactly? The performances are about the same and story quality is similar the A Dame to kill for segment as I said is probably better than anything in the first movie, Nancy's last dance gives a great and dark arc to Nancy and the villains are far more memorable these areas not only match the first but actually exceed it however the segments aren't broken as well as they could be and don't have the same level of connection in particular the long night and Nancy's last dance should've been one story as bits of Nancy's story even are shown in the former just do a little more to connect them and it could work they are just too short separately and of course Nancy's last dance was rushed. So when you weight out these two sides I would say it the two movies are about equal, A Dame to kill For matches and even exceeds the first in many areas but it also falls short more often than the first did where that leaves it for me is about the same level as the original maybe a little lower. Either way Sin City a Dame to kill for was a solid follow up to the original that fans should check out.7.5/10
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a mediocre movie with a plot that is poorly developed, despite a very talented cast. It certainly still looks beautiful, the unique and stunning effects are just as good as the original Sin City, which perfectly conveys the gritty undertone of this crime infested area. However, the stories simply do not deliver this time, all three stories of the original are better than the three featured here. Each one felt as if it was cut short, having anti-climatic endings, feeling like we did not get a full view of the story. As well as that, it never shocks or surprises, there are no big moments, nothing to put you at the edge of your seat, any twists throughout are formulaic and expected. Dull, bland and lacking thrills, die hard fans of the first movie will probably still check it out, but Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is better off avoided. A continuation of the lives of several different people in Sin City, the crime infested town that is becoming more corrupt by the night. Best Performance: Josh Brolin / Worst Performance: Bruce Willis