Release Date:August 22,2014
Runtime: 102 Mins.
Directors: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Martin Csokas, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Chung, Jamie King, Alexa Vega, Julia Garner, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Jude Ciccolella
Ava,she has every man wrapped around her little finger. Some even refer to her as a goddess. Senator Roark, he’s the most powerful man in the city. He’s also the most corrupt and vicious. What do these two have in common ? Nothing except they both run rampant in Basin City or Sin City as the residents like to refer to it. That’s right the little town in all of comics has come back to life on the big screen. This time we have three stories that intertwine to serve you up an hour and 42 minutes of film noir goodness on steroids.
The movie hits you with the aesthetic art style of a graphic novel as in other films based off of Frank Millers’ work ( for example : Sin City, 300, or 300: Rise of an Empire). The massive amount of green screen works for the type of environments and action that comprise this film. The camera work is great as it accentuates the absurdity of whats going on onscreen. It’s perfect. The splashes of color thrown in throughout the mostly black and white movie help bring extra pop to the action and added sensuality to the sexiness of all the ladies (especially my girl Rosario Dawson) that you see. The pacing never let the story get boring but there were parts that seemed like they could have been cut out. Like Christopher Meloni’s part as Mort. I guess it was to show how easily Ava could seduce men to do what she wants but I found it unnecessary. I will say that the stories told were pretty good and showed just how flawed the “good guys” are and how incredibly insidious the bad guys are. The action was unrelenting and the violence was of the ultra variety. For the world this movie takes you too it works. The fact that the blood is almost always displayed as white instead of red did soften some of the impact of massive amounts of red stuff splashing everywhere which made the gory bits a little more bearable. I’m glad Miller went to Robert Rodriguez again because he’s made his career off of ridiculous violence and onscreen absurdity.
The stars of the film are selected well. Most of the people who weren’t brutally murdered in the first film return. Rourke as the juggernaut, Marv returns to cause chaos and pain. He’s as fun as he was the last time he stepped in those boots. Alba, as the exotic dancer/ object of Marv’s affection is hot but I grew tired of her dancing and doing little else after a few scenes of it. Dwight is back but Clive Owen has been replaced by Josh Brolin. Dwight is played so well by Brolin I almost forgot Owen played the character back in 2005’s Sin City. Gail is portrayed by the lovely Rosario Dawson. She seems to take a back seat this time out but she is memorable in her appearances on screen being both seductive and deadly. Powers Boothe is the evil Senator Roark. He’s a worthy villain for the city of sin. Manute is played by Dennis Haysbert (The All-State Guy) as the previous actor Michael Clarke Duncan passed away. Haysbert does a great job as the hulking brute devoted to Ava. Ava is played by the phenomenal Eva Green. She’s sexy incarnate as the titular “Dame to Kill For”. You get to see her a lot and a lot of her if you know what I mean (I know you can’t see me but I’m winking and nudging you with my elbow). Christopher Lloyd also makes a funny little appearance in the movie as a back alley doctor.
Overall, I enjoyed the hell out of this movie but some of the over the top acting cost this film a few points. With crazy action and sexuality to spare this movie can and will entertain. But whatever you do don’t bring the kiddies to this one.