‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Review: Starring Josh Brolin, Eva Green & Mickey Rourke

Posted in Film, Reviews by - August 21, 2014
‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Review: Starring Josh Brolin, Eva Green & Mickey Rourke

Besides an incredible cast coming together for a Robert Rodriguez movie, the best qualities of the Sin City films are the striking visuals and the film noir background that completely make over the film. The Sin City films perfectly encapsulate the feel of the graphic novel and blend it into the beauty of green screen filmmaking.

Rodriguez (2013’s Machete Kills) has already proven he knows how to tell this type of story with 2005’s Sin City, a movie that broke the mold in visual effects and made its mark in cinema as one of the most groundbreaking visual films ever made. If there was ever a film to have the most accurate graphic novel adaptation, it would be Sin City.

Considered both a prequel and a sequel to Sin City, director Robert Rodriguez and creator of the graphic novels Frank Miller elaborate on select stories from the first film and introduce new characters of the dark and twisted town of Basin City. Who’s back: Marv (Mickey Rourke), Nancy (Jessica Alba), Gail (Rosario Dawson), John Hartigan (Bruce Willis), but only in afterlife sequences, and Senator Roark (Powers Boothe). Who’s new to the story: Dwight (Josh Brolin), who was played by Clive Owen in the first film before he needed facial reconstructive surgery, Dwight’s once-lover, the seductive Ava (Eva Green) and Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a young guy who loves gambling and is looking for revenge on Senator Roark.

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Another signature trait for the Sin City films is the excessive violence and gore. Rated R mainly for the violence, heavy gore and some language, Rodriguez has spared nothing for the faint of heart. A man gauging out someone’s eye, a young woman cutting her face with a piece of glass, an assassin slicing through men with her swords and several women firing off machine guns at cop cars and anyone who gets in their way. That is Sin City.

Sin City was able to blend the multiple stories together a bit more evenly and fluidly, whereas A Dame to Kill for feels a bit more choppy and off. Halfway through the film, Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character is nearly forgotten about, until he is thrown back into the mix again. Also, the relationship and storyline between John Hartigan and Nancy was really missed this second time around. Though Willis shows up for a few dreamlike scenes here and there, it doesn’t make up for storyline we got in the first film. Willis made Alba’s performance in the first film and her Nancy in this sequel wasn’t as nearly as intriguing or as likable.

What we do have here is Eva Green and Josh Brolin as Ava and Dwight, respectively. The two have electric chemistry as old lovers, who recently reunited after Ava called up Dwight for help. Green is perfection as the wild and tantalizing Ava, who has men eating out of the palm of her hand, while Brolin is fantastic as Dwight, who gets twisted back and froth by Ava.

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Rodriguez did shoot the film in 3D and in the film’s opening scenes where we see Marv against the falling snow, the 3D is lush and really helps set the tone of the film. But as the film continues on, the 3D is not as prominent and it’s easy to forget we are watching a 3D movie. The movie is also mainly in color block black and white, with hints of color peeking out throughout the film, but that makes it extra difficult to have good 3D.

It’s fun to see the cast of the first film reunite nine years later and have actors Josh Brolin and Eva Green in the mix. Brolin & Green’s chemistry is on fire and like Willis & Alba’s story in the first film it’s now their story that drives this sequel forward. A Dame to Kill for isn’t as memorable as Sin City, but Rodriguez’s visuals and unique storytelling charm make it worthwhile for fans of the graphic novels. 

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