Sin City – A Dame To Kill For

Movie:  Sin City – A Dame To Kill For

Rating:  4 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:  Sin City, as one character describes it, “Is a place where you go with your eyes open or you don’t come out at all”.  To say it’s a dangerous place is to damn with faint praise.  It always seems to be night time there, and it’s citizens are mostly corrupt, dangerous or both.  But on the flip side, there are many pleasures to be had, if gambling, sex and perversity are your vices of choice.

There are three main story lines going on, with some aspects overlapping each other.  There is Dwight (Josh Brolin), an unsavory private dick who takes pictures through peepholes and skylights to scratch out a living.  To his dismay, he becomes reacquainted with the vampy Ava (former Bond girl Eva Green), who uses her wiles on Dwight to get his help.   Then there is Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a young man on the prowl for excitement and a slick card player.  But it is dangerous to cut cards in a backroom poker game with people like Senator Roarke (Powers Boothe).  Finally there is stripper extraordinaire Nancy (Jessica Alba).  She used to be an innocent exotic dancer who loved a cop named John Hartigan (Bruce Willis), but Hartigan died after snuffing out the evil son of Senator Roarke.  Now Nancy still puts on a show and gives the sleazy denizens of her night club their cheap thrills, but she has lost all semblance of innocence.  And then there is Marv (Mickey Rourke).  He is Nancy’s protector, and if you’re smart, you don’t mess with Marv.

This is a high octane thrill ride chock full of violence and mayhem.  Most of the color is leached out, except for certain instances of startling contrast such as Ava’s ruby red lips and laser green eyes.  This is reminiscent of the 1940s film noir classics like Double Indemnity and Out of The Past, where men were quick with their fists and their gun, and the dames were just as tough.  The film noir movies also had the gaudy patter and clever wise-cracks.  They were modern version of Greek tragedies, where you knew things were not going to work out in the end.  Yes, the film technique used in Sin City has the look and feel of a comic book, but it’s not animation.  Just sit back and let this rip-roaring yarn grab you and take you along for the ride (possibly in the trunk of the car).  It’s probably worth spending the extra three bucks for the 3D.

Guys – Jessica Alba’s last dance on stage is worth whatever you had to pay to get into the theater.  Trust me.

Actors To Watch:  Love that Jamie Chung; she does some serious sword-fu in the movie.  Some other interesting cast members include Ray Liotta, Christopher Lloyd, and Lady Gaga.

Huh?  What the ….:  Still can’t figure out how Mickey Rourke changed so much physically since he began his career.  And it has nothing to do with make-up….

Dialogue Nuggets:  “She gave him a goodbye that will still hurt when he comes to.”

“She keeps talking.  Like an idiot, I keep listening.”

“She repeats my name, like a chant to a dark god.”

“The pavement rushed up to give me a big, sloppy kiss.”

“You’d be better off dead, Johnny, but I like you just the way you are.”

“This rotten town.  It soils everybody….”

 

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