Sin City


Sin City

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Visually groundbreaking and terrifically violent, Sin City brings the dark world of Frank Miller's graphic novel to vivid life.



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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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  • Aug 24, 2014
    Another film I was never really bothered about upon release mostly due to the fact it was in black and white (Sort of) And it was short stories, 9 years later I decide to watch it and yet again i kick myself for waiting so long, There are 3 stories and a intro and a outro and they all were brilliant and gripping I did prefer the yellow bastard the most maybe because of Bruce Willis, All stories were not connected but crossed paths in a way, Some great effects for the kills and action, Brilliantly acted and nothing like you have seen before I can guarantee that, Don't make the mistake of waiting so long to see it like I did.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2013
    A noble failure, Sin City is a remarkably imaginative and visually stunning film that tries to merge cinematic and comic book aesthetics. Based on Frank Miller's comic series, an anthology of stories are told featuring Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, and Mickey Rourke. However, the storytelling becomes overly cartoonish at points, and the pacing's too fast and disjointed. Additionally, the gratuity and gore are poorly used throughout the film; making it largely ineffective. Sin City is a brilliant experiment in cinematography and visual style, but the material is poorly executed.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2012
    Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez broke new ground in cinematic storytelling with this ultra-violent, irresistibly cool anthology of brutal crime and sweet revenge. Some of the stories are more interesting than others, but as a whole the movie is all kinds of awesome, with Bruce Willis in one of his best hero roles ever alongside John McClane and Butch the Boxer.
    Tedd P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2012
    [img][/img] Sin City is nothing less than a pulpy, fantastically violent, visually incredible neo noir thriller. There have been many adaptations of graphic novels that have never managed to capture the atmosphere, the overall tone, the visual spark and the characters from it's inspiration, but Sin City is an exception. It captures the darkness perfectly. It sometimes goes from being knowingly amusing to incredibly straight faced the next, and it's easy to go along with it. I found the CGI effects and gore very convincing but not once did they distract me from it's brilliant interlocking plot and it's strong characters and exceptional writing. The world in which it is set is absolutely stunning, stylishly shot with eye for detail, with murky, eery, black, beautifully lit set pieces that are absolutely cartoonish but feel physically existent. It would be easy to mistake it for an animation, it peculiarily looks just like a comic book, yet it never strays from looking realistic. Featuring a memorable ensemble of characters and truly eye popping costume design, Sin City is energetic and heart poundingly thrilling over the top fun. Perfectly conveying to the neo noir thriller genre in all it's grim, shadowy, blood spilling edginess. Although completely lacking in susbtance Frank Miller has done a masterful job of transitioning his comic book to the big screen with Robert Rodriguez, and without any doubts in my mind, hands down, it's his best film. It's silly, too long, and sometimes narratively lacking, but it's one hell of a ride.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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