Frank Miller’s serialized comic book Sin City provides the backdrop to this slick crime anthology set in the sleazy, violent and corrupt Basin City. Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller then seamlessly bring the characters and their hard-boiled stories to stunning three-dimensional life complete with point-blank dialogue and dark humour, that will blow you away.
The backbone of Sin City’s three separate yet interlinked tales include a hulking psychopathic street thug with a heart called Marv (Micky Rourke) out to avenge murdered prostitute Goldie (Jaime King); a smooth criminal called Dwight (Clive Owen) trying to save his on-and-off lover Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her gang of old town hookers from a cop war; and hard bitten retired cop John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) attempting to rescue Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) a second time from the clutches of a grotesque pedophile (Nick Stahl) now hell bent on revenge.
Sin City then boasts outstanding performances by the whole A-list cast who all bring something special to their roles. These include Micky Rourke totally bad-ass as the gruesome Marv, Elijah Wood chilling as the creepy mute cannibal Kevin, and Benicio Del Toro excellent as sleazy, bent cop Jacky Boy. Other whacked-out characters in this movie include a group of Irish mercenaries, a female samurai wielding assassin called Miho (Devon Aoki), a charming but deadly hitman (Josh Hartnett), and the supremely corrupt politician Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) to name but a few.
Shot in black and white with strategic splashes of colour for dramatic effect, this dazzling, uncompromising movie is a real coup for hardcore comic book fans. However, the level of graphic violence and horror won’t be to everyone’s taste and anyone in doubt as to what shades of dark overtones to expect from Sin City should heed carefully the words of the psychotic behemoth Marv as he contemplates killing the depraved Cardinal Roark (Rutger Hauer):
“I’ll stare the bastard in the face as he screams to God, and I’ll laugh harder when he whimpers like a baby. And when his eyes go dead, the hell I send him to will seem like heaven after what I’ve done to him.”
So close to comic book heaven that Sin City is its own virtue
- Rated: R
- Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
- Release Date: 4/1/2005
- Directed by: Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez
- Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Elijah Wood, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Rutger Hauer
- Produced by: Elizabeth Avellan, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
- Written by: Frank Miller
- Studio: Troublemaker Studios