Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the follow-up to Frank Miller’s 2005 hit Sin City. Based on the graphic novels of Frank Miller, Sin City is a dirty, filthy, crime infested city where sex and death seem to go hand in hand. In it we follow four separate story lines that all intertwine at some point. Each story deals with one main character’s problem ultimately ending in violence and death. Starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Booth, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Jamie King, Juno Temple, Stacy Keach, Marton Csokas, Jamie Chung.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is an amazing display of graphic design and stylized film but it lacks the backbone to keep it from being anything but something interesting to look at. I don’t recall too much about the first Sin City other than it had that shock and awe factor of being something we hadn’t really seen before. That is where this sequel falls down. It doesn’t offer us anything new. The high contrast aesthetic look of the film is definitely still alluring but to keep me interested it need something more that it didn’t have.
I like the idea of 4 different stories being intertwined and all taking place in the same city. The problem is that those stories lack well story and instead seem to be more a foray into voyeurism and needless graphic violence. There was no point to all the nudity, it was just there to be there and didn’t always have a point or contribute anything to the story. The violence which is expected of this film becomes repetitive and boring.
There are probably far more points to be made about the four stories in the film – like how the character of Ava offers a shockingly stunted and naive view of female/femininity – but there isn’t even any point in going into all that. This long-awaited film is a dud in comparison to its predecessor. And while it might look cool in 3D I don’t think its worth the ticket cost unless you need a good nap.
5/10 Stars – No shock and awe here just same old same old
I have to say that when Sin City came out almost 10 years ago, it was a pretty good movie. It was something we hadn’t seen before and the artistic nature of the film really set it apart. The black and white noir feel with dashes of red everywhere set the tone very well. Now that we finally have a sequel for the film, A Dame to Kill For, I wonder to myself why we needed this film… It really isn’t a sequel at all. Sure Nancy’s story picks up with Hartigan dead and for some reason Marv is back, but the main story with Josh Brolin and Eva Green is a stand alone above the rest. In my opinion, if the stories from this movie had been integrated in the first movie to make 1 giant film, I think it would have been really cool, but the stories in the first movie were so good that they make this one feel like left overs. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this sequel, but I just wasn’t in awe. Could it be due to the fact that the first movie satisfied, probably, but at the end of the day, this movie didn’t need to be made, or if it did, it should have been a long time ago. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For can be left for Blu-Ray. It is nothing extra special.
6/10 Stars – Still the same Sin City, but with less impressive stories. The original is much better!