"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" comes almost a decade after "Sin City" rocked our world. For fans, the long wait is finally over but is it worth the lag time? Well, let's just say that while "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" never deviates from the elements the first one used for success, nine years is a pretty long time to make a sequel and what could have worked before could be outdated a decade after.
The film features five short stories featuring various inhabitants of the fabled Sin City. Marv (Mickey Rourke) who wakes up after a car crash and is suffering amnesia. Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) a strip dancer who is struggling to cope with John Hartigan's (Bruce Willis) suicide. Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a gambler who never loses who wants nothing but to win against Senator Roarke (Powers Booth) at poker. Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) who, after receiving a plea for help from his former lover Ava (Eva Green), will do anything to save her from an abusive husband.
The best merits for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" are its visuals and the violence. In fact, who's surprised by this fact? A "Sin City" film will always be defined by its unique style. While it retains its visual acumen, much less can be said about the characters and stories that we get in this second serving. Put simply, they are less engaging and turns the experience to something surprisingly blunt. Probably it's the long wait, nine years to be exact, that we felt there were no surprises left this time around. The ensemble cast was okay but Eva Green was a hoot to watch. Overall, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" let's you experience Sin City and all its trashiness and violence a second time around but that second trip isn't exactly eye-catching as the first.
Rating: 3 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- Eva Green.
- features the same visuals and styles the first one used
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- lacks the emotional investment that translates to a rather dull experience
The car chase. It is one of those elements that always pumps up the audience and one that great action films usually have in common. But beyond the elegant cars, the explosions, the skid marks and burned rubber, there's also the driver. The person behind that monstrous beast that gets to tame it to his/her will. The guys at TeamSport UK have compiled an infographic on some of the best damn drivers they think have ever graced the big screen. Even better, given how these guys are clear experts in kart racing, they also gave ratings on driving skills and an intangible with bad-ass factor. Hit us up on the comments section and let us know if you do agree with them.
A few years back, South Korean singer and actor Rain was on a roll in terms of penetrating Hollywood. But we all know that he went to military service and all that momentum has since dissipated. Well, Rain fans should fret no more as the guy is trying to make a comeback. He teams up with Bruce Willis in his first Hollywood film in years with "The Prince". The film touts to be have non-stop action; one that forces a retired crime boss back into the seedy underworld he’d left behind. For twenty years Paul Brennan (Jason Patric), a retired New Orleans crime boss, has lived a quiet life off the grid, running an auto repair garage in remote Mississippi. When his teenage daughter Beth goes missing, Paul is forced to return to the city and face his former enemies including Omar (Bruce Willis), the city’s most powerful man whose family he mistakenly took out, in an explosive final standoff that may offer redemption for Paul’s past mistakes.
Uninspired is the first word that comes to mind when we saw "Planes: Fire & Rescue". The film, a sequel to "Planes" (of which itself is a spin-off of Pixar's "Cars" franchise) is beautiful to look at but at closer inspection lacks the emotional and plot depth that we usually expect from Disney films. And yes, this wouldn't pass Pixar's standards for sure. What we do end up getting is something the younger audience will find entertaining but will leave the adults feeling a little bit left out.
When world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) returns to his hometown Propwash Junction after another winning season, a fateful training run changes his course with a career-ending injury. He finds his gearbox broken and unable to push himself to air racer levels. Unfortunately, his gearbox model is old enough that no one manufactures it already. Forced to shift gears, he decides to train with the Aerial Fire Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack Base as a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT). The heroic, often life-threatening efforts involved are admirable but seemingly impossible to master especially if you’re a crop duster-turned-racer with an injury that can’t be ignored.
"Planes: Fire & Rescue" is formulaic in nature which means its utterly generic in every aspect. From the story and even the jokes, we felt that this is total rehash territory. A racer who finds himself in a small town with an old and wise mentor with a secret sound familiar? One thing we can commend with "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is probably its visuals. It's beautiful to say the least and mesmerizing at times. The soundtrack was pretty good too. Overall, kids will definitely love this film because it's designed to be that way. Adults will find it passable at best. But really, we know films of this genre can be a balance of both and the clear lack of inspiration is the culprit here.
Rating: 3 reels
Why you should watch it:
- visuals are mesmerizing
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- generic and uninspired