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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|
I wanted to but couldn't!
This movie tries so hard to be funny, yet it falls flat every time. Just another example of recycled ideas repackaged with women in an attempt to appeal to a certain audience.
There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
This film is so real. It treats its characters with so much care and sensitivity.
'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' is a quality sequel to an exceptional, unique film. I gave 'Sin City' 4.5 stars and this film doesn't quite match the first film's graphic violence or pure originality. Having said that, however, there's still plenty to love about 'Sin City 2' - it's genuinely funny in parts, has the same great comic book-feel, with fantastic use of black & white, shadows and splashes of vivid colour to highlight certain aspects of a scene. The use of animation blends superbly with the actual actors and the score keeps everything moving.Returning from the first 'Sin City' film are Marv (Rourke), Nancy (Alba), Roark (Boothe), Gail (Dawson), Dwight (now Brolin, not Owen), Miho (now Chung, not Aoki), Manute (now Haysbert, not Clarke Duncan, due to obvious reasons) and Hartigan (Willis, in flashbacks). The characters don't get confusing or overwhelming, since the film's basically split into three inter-connected parts. There's Johnny (Gordon-Levitt) and his poker battles with the corrupt Senator Roark, then Ava (Green, who spends 50% of her screen-time naked - not a bad thing!) & Dwight's ill-fated romance, and finally Marv & Nancy's decision to do something about Roark. Almost each of the three parts has overlap with 3-5 characters from the other parts, all handled very well. There's also plenty of great supporting cast - Meloni, Piven, Lloyd, Liotta, Temple.I really enjoy how it looks like a comic book, but it could easily be the back streets of New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. There's some nice tie-ins back to the first film, still plenty of guns, swords and fighting - Marv/Rourke does remind me of Hellboy/Perlman a lot! - all done quickly (less than 100min) and stylishly.
Intense torment is part of the makeup of the denizens of Sin City, where people do bad things even if it was their intent to do good. And regardless of their intentions, torment is their due. The city corrupts and twists morals yet despite this corruption sometimes good comes from bad. This formula made the first movie work but the magic falters in this one because at heart the characters and story are incredible shallow. But this was all hidden from sight by the sheer intensity of its telling. As a concept, supported by some enigmatic filming, fitting dialogue and characters whose plight you care about(mostly John Hartigan and Nancy Callahan) the first movie was great. It was intense.But in this movie, despite everything, it is the characters that are lacking. The only really interesting person is Ava Lord played by Eva Green and,to a lesser degree, Senator Roark, played by Powers Boothe. The others, even Dwight McCarthy, Nancy Callahan and Gail, seem bland and the latter turned in an extra.Obviously the casting has suffered at some points. It demonstrates once more how the right actors can change a movie. Clive Owen has been replaced by Jos Brolin as Dwight McCharty, which made for a somewhat indifferent feel. Aiko is replaced by Chung as Miho which definitely changed her character dramatically. Aiko made Miho just look terrifying dangerous while Chung makes her look cute. The final nail in the coffin is that the movie lacks intensity. What looked awesome in the first looks bland in the second and once you are no longer charmed away from the movie by its intense telling the shallow depth of its story and characters are exposed and thus turns it the lesser movie.Still, this isn't a bad movie. It can be worse and it certainly is still entertaining even if it was only for watching Eva Green, Powers Boothe and Mickey Rourke.
This isn't our usual cup of tea, but we were looking for a plotted movie in 3D. The 300 was a waste (in more ways than one ), but the cinematic style of this movie took great advantage of the effect. I see by the other reviews that the plot and characters aren't as good as the first, but if you don't know this, they are intriguing enough. The violence is mostly cartoonish, shading off into, I assume, intentionally funny.The three stories are all pretty clear conflicts of good versus evil, making the more over the top violence palatable. In fact, the plots are kinda sunny for noir. It takes a little while to figure out what's going on, but once you do, the plot is more amusing than tense. The movie could be called "A Good Dame is Hard to Find" and it keeps the theme going to the end...Well,now I have seen the first movie, and this is way better. The first one is a visual aid for people who like the comic. This is a real movie, with plot, character development and enough touches of wit and realism to appeal to a grown-up, especially one who grew up in one of America's real sin cities.
I probably shouldn't even write a review of this film, but I will.I got this from Netflix for two reasons. 1) I love Clive Owen, the purported STAR of this film, who isn't in it; and 2) I love film noir.A mistake on both counts.I am not an aficionado of graphic novels. I will say the look of it is incredible - some of it was cartoony, some was black and white with a pop of color, some of it had real people against a cartoon background - I loved it. It was all amazing to look at. The violence was graphic, but not all of it, as a good deal of it was animated. Some of the violence was shown in shadow. I have a thing about taking out people's eyes and slashing their throats, however.And it certainly is noirish in its story and dialogue. But I am really sick of gratuitous female nudity. If Meryl Streep can have strong feelings about it, so can I.The cast was impressive: Mickey Rourke, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon- Levitt, Jessica Alba, Ray Liotta, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Lady Gaga, and Stacy Keach. The only one not in it was Clive Owen. The acting was done in that noirish, cynical style.If Clive is in any of these Sin City movies, I'll be skipping it. Not my thing. I think it's a man's movie.