Sin City (2005)

Posted in Reviews by - April 09, 2012
Sin City (2005)

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

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This post was written by James
Hi, My name is James Atticus and I have had a keen passion for movies ever since being blown away while watching 'A Trip to the Moon' back in 1902. Hardly surprisingly, I am a big sci-fi and horror fan, although my love of film extends throughout all the genres. One of my favourite quotes about cinema was told to me by Alfred Hitchcock, who said: "For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake." To which I replied, "Don't mind if I do!"


  • rara

    This movie was just awesome !!! Sin City is bold, beautiful and one hell of an entertaining piece of pulp fiction.

    • Supun

      James, this post is a great example of why I love bigbadmoviereviews so much. Well done sir, well done.

  • Ignatios

    Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez produced the most perfect adaptation of the Sin City books as I ever could imagine. All the characters, including the women, were wise cracking, hard boiled tough guys, the visuals were stunning and there isn’t a dull moment on the whole movie. Truly a a pumped-up comic book masterpiece.

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