The Eisner Award-winning comic series Sin City comes to life in this live-action feature adaptation from director Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller. Interweaving multiple storylines from the series' history, this violent crime noir paints the picture of the ultimate town without pity through the eyes of its roughest characters. There's the ...
The Eisner Award-winning comic series Sin City comes to life in this live-action feature adaptation from director Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller. Interweaving multiple storylines from the series' history, this violent crime noir paints the picture of the ultimate town without pity through the eyes of its roughest characters. There's the street thug Marv (Mickey Rourke), whose desperate quest to find the killer of a prostitute named Goldie (Jaime King) will lead him to the foulest edges of town. Inhabiting many of those areas is Dwight (Clive Owen), a photographer in league with the sordid ladies of Sin City, headed by Gail (Rosario Dawson), who opens up a mess of trouble after tangling with a corrupt cop by the name of Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). Finally, there's Hartigan (Bruce Willis), an ex-cop with a heart problem who's hell-bent on protecting a stripper named Nancy (Jessica Alba). Featuring a who's who supporting cast that includes Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Devon Aoki, and Nick Stahl, Sin City promises to be one of the most direct translations from page to screen of a comic series, with shots and dialogue adapted straight from the original comic's panels. Rodriguez quit the Director's Guild when they refused to let Frank Miller co-direct the film, a deal hashed out after the two collaborators developed and shot the opening scene utilizing a green-screen process to harness the stark, black-and-white look of the books as a litmus test for the rest of the production. Quentin Tarantino was brought in and reportedly paid one dollar to direct an extended scene between Del Toro and Owen that amounts to one issue of The Big Fat Kill miniseries. Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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TITLE: Sin City
GENRE: Big Cast Dectective fantasy (Three related crime stories in one telling)
CAST: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jaime King, Elijah Wood, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Powers Boothe, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Brittany Murphy, Rutger Hauer and Michael Madsen
PLOT:No central plot here. The film is done to bring three or four of Frank Miller's Basin City dark graphic stories to life.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 9 of 10; This really seems like your reading the graphic novel without having to read. Much of the development of the story is done with using just a graphic image and having the actor overdub the dialogue just like a comic balloon. With so many characters, that aspect of development and identification is lagging. This is darkly what ther original TV Batman show would look like if it was done by Tim Burton and without the Wham and Pows. But it did have Quentin Tarantino as one of the Directors so the violence is abundantly presented. It is mostly in Black and White with some color added as highlights to assist in putting you into that world of Sin City,
DVD BONUS: A behind the scenes and making of documentary
ADDED NOTES: Not for the weak of stomach when it comes to depictions of gore.