Starring: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Powers Boothe, Jessica Alba, Josh Hartnett
Directed By: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, and special guest director: Quentin Tarantino
Written By: Frank Miller
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 4 min
Sin City the movie is based on the first, third, and fourth books in Frank Miller’s graphic novel series. With some extra smaller segments at the beginning and end of the movie starring Josh Hartnett, taken from the fifth book in the series, Booze, Broads & Bullets. The three main stories take place over roughly the same period of time, and are set in and around the violent crime ridden hell hole called Basin City. A cold and bleak place in the American west, where corrupt politicians and powerful religious leaders buy lazy cowardly cops to do their bidding. Where serial child killers and cannibals run free as long as they have the right connections.
Each story has a strong yet flawed anti-hero type trying to do the right thing. Save a little girl from a serial killer or hunt down a girlfriends murderer, or even kill a corrupt cop and save an area of the city run by prostitutes from the mob. Light on laughs, but loaded with style, Sin City is pretty much the pages of Frank Miller’s graphic novels at 24 frames per second. Shot mostly in high-contrast black and white, with occasional additions of bright color, this film quite frankly is amazing to look at.
It’s true there isn’t much to relate to in this film, and to be honest I thought the development of all the lead characters, except Hartigan (Bruce Willis), was somewhat lacking in detail and depth. I also think the film is a little too long, but what it lacks in character development, it makes up with its great casting, performances and visual style. Mickey Rourke is quite frankly awesome as the nearly indestructible thug, Marv, and Bruce Willis is great in his stories, ‘That Yellow Bastard’ Parts 1 and 2.
If you enjoy movies with a lot of visual style then this is the film for you. The movie earns its R rating by being incredibly violent. It’s very stylized violence, but the manner in which some characters are dispatched is still quite shocking. This movie also doesn’t provide any big finales, and even the positive elements in each story still feel a little tragic somehow.
This is a great looking film so if you have the opportunity to see it at the theater – do it. At home a HD viewing on nothing smaller than your big screen TV is the way to go.
My favorite story in the film stars Mickey Rourke in awesome form as the medicated thug with a heart of gold, Marv. Big, ugly, nearly indestructible and on the prowl to find his girls killer. This segment also includes a really creepy performance by Elijah Wood as the cannibalistic serial killer Kevin.