Sin City: A Dame to Kill For: Movie Review
"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one used for success, nine years is a pretty long time to make a sequel and what could have worked before could be outdated a decade after.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
Labels A Dame to Kill For, Bruce Willis, crime, Eva Green, Frank Miller, Graphic Novel, Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, movie review, Powers Boothe, sequel, Sin City, thriller