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Sin City (2005)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

Bruce Willis
as Hartigan
Jessica Alba
as Nancy Callahan
Clive Owen
as Dwight
Nick Stahl
as Roark Jr./Yellow Bastard
Powers Boothe
as Senator Roark
Rutger Hauer
as Cardinal Roark
Benicio Del Toro
as Jackie Boy
Carla Gugino
as Lucille
Jaime King
as Goldie/Wendy
Marley Shelton
as The Customer
Jude Ciccolella
as Liebowitz
Jesse De Luna
as Corporal Rivera
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With a huge, well-chosen cast and the blessing of Miller, who was on set as Rodriguez's co-director, Sin City is a gloriously stylized world unlike anything you've seen before on screen.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Associated Press
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For all its astronomical body count, Sin City is brazenly, thrillingly alive.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

While Sin City on screen evokes the same feeling of bottomless decadence and dread that the novels do, there is one crucial difference -- you can put the novels down.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Wall Street Journal
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While the book succeeded in pushing the boundaries of its medium, the film merely feels like a triumph of technology.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
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A worthwhile piece of eye candy.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
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If Raymond Chandler and Daffy Duck could have produced a child, Sin City would be their baby.

May 12, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Audience Reviews for Sin City

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Sin City is a gorgeous and cartoonishly violent mix of old school film noir style and new school digital technology. Robert Rodriguez has brought Frank Miller's graphic novel to life on the screen almost panel to panel. The results are fascinating. Each story has dark, brooding, yet interesting protagonists. Their villains are equally menacing. The all star cast is clearly having fun getting in touch with their inner Humphrey Bogart. Fully embracing its pulp roots, Sin City depicts reluctant anti-heroes trying to exist in a city overwhelmed with corruption and despair. It's the ultimate in hard boiled fiction.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Most adaptations of graphic novels are style over substance but this is a great balance of both, making for a very entertaining film-noir style. "Sin City" is like a series of short films strung together to create a compelling story, and in this case, it could not have been done any better. Being released in 2005, this way of filmmaking was pretty groundbreaking and I admire Robert Rodriguez for going to new heights. With some awesome action scenes, some beautiful cinematography, great green screen work, and multiple interesting stories, "Sin City" is one of my favourite adaptations of a graphic novel. Mickey Rourke is the most notable in his role as Marv, making for one badass guy who drives most of this film to be as strong as it is. Sure, there are some pretty dumb moments and the narration can become a little distracting and tedious, but you just can't deny, this is a great movie!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Stylized, intertwined stories of rough men in an urban hellscape full of ninja hookers, corrupt cops, and cannibal serial killers. The visionary quality of the nourish cinematography (black and white with occasional color accents) outweighs the cartoonish PULP FICTION-lite plot and the general sense that the whole movie is nakedly pandering to teenage boys' least sophisticated sex and violence fantasies.

Greg S
Greg S

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