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Sunday, August 31, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR







































Robert Rodriguez teams with Frank Miller to direct this follow-up to Sin City from a script by Miller and William Monahan based on preexisting stories along with new ones written for the big screen. Josh Brolin stars in the adaptation of the comic miniseries (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), which tells the backstory of Clive Owen's Dwight character as he is wrapped up in the thralls of femme fatale, Ava Eva Green. Also new to the series is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Johnny, a mysterious gambler set on taking down his sworn enemy in a high-stakes game of life and death.  Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, and Jaime King return for the Dimension Films release, with Jamie Chung and Dennis Haysbert stepping into roles left by Devon Aoki and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez 

Cast: Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Jessica Alba.

Rated R for pervasive violence, sex, nudity, smoking, and drugs

Release Date: Aug 22, 2014

Runtime: 102 min

Genres: Crime Thriller, Post-Noir (Modern Noir), Crime

Review:

The follow up to Sin City from Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez goes well with its predecessor even if it’s lost a bit of its bite this go around.  The style, violence and attitude carry over keeping the film visually interesting but kind of a mixed bag in terms of a story.  The good part of the film involves anything that contains Mickey Rourke who slips back into Marv’s skin with incredible ease and the always impressive Eva Green.  Green has a second Frank Miller sequel she’s single handedly props up.  Eva is always the most interesting person on screen as chews up scenery as the man eating black widow.  It’s an over the top performance but hints of subtly showcasing Green’s talent and a fair amount of self awareness.  She knows exactly what kind of film this is and what the directors are aiming for, as a result she knocks it out of the park.  On the opposite end of the spectrum is Jessica Alba who misses the mark badly.  Even worse, she seems totally unaware about how badly she’s doing.  Rourke is great but his role is greatly reduced here since he’s more of a supporting player for Josh Brolin who’s surprisingly unmemorable and bland.  Dennis Haysbert fills in capably for the late Michael Clarke Duncan while Jamie Chung is fairly distracting filling in for Devon Aoki for some reason, it might be obnoxious amount of make up they piled on her.   The biggest disappointment is Joseph Gordon-Levitt and it has nothing to do with his performance which is fine.  The problem is that his entire segment and character is utterly pointless.  It makes the entire film feel longer than it actually is, making it a bit of a slog even for fans of the series. 

C+

4 comments:

  1. Everything I've heard about this movie suggests it's more Miller than Rodriguez. Maybe he let Miller do the heavy lifting as director this time around?

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    1. Yes, it feels like that. I really got the feeling that Rodriguez was guiding him but not doing most of the actual directing, hence some really varied performances.

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  2. My expectations were very low. To my surprise, I enjoyed it far more than expected. Not as great as the first part, but badass enough to give me one helluva time. Plus: holy shit, Eva-Green-Boob-Awesomeness-To-The-Max!! :-D

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    1. Eva Green and Mickey Rourke make this a lot better than it should be.

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