Frank Miller is back with the next instalment of Sin City – A Dame to Kill For. This time the main story of four is about Dwight (previously played by Clive Owen and now Josh Brolin) being played by his seductress ex Ava (Eva Green). She essentially uses her excessive naked-ness to turn everyman around her, into a mess to work in her favour of becoming powerful.
The weakest story is ‘Just Another Saturday Night’ which is a prequel just like ‘A Dame to Kill For’. Marv (Mickey Rourke) wakes up on the outskirts of Sin City wondering what’s happened. As he regains his memory he remembers chasing down a group of college students he found torturing a few homeless people. He hunts them down one by one till finally ending up in Old Town where the ladies of the night help finish them off.
We also have ‘The Long Bad Night’ in which hotshot gambler Johnny (Joseph Gordon Levitt) takes on Senator Roark (Powers Booth). After beating him in a poker game and taking him for all his got, he ends up being beaten to within an inch of his life for upsetting the senator, but that just fuels him to do it all over again.
Nancy Callahan’s (Jessica Alba) is also back to wrap up the story of her getting revenge for Hartigan’s murder. This is the only sequel-ish story we get as the rest are set either during or before the first Sin City. We see as she fails to cope with his death and goes into a steady decline alcohol and lack of positivity. Queue scenes of her cutting herself and becoming a full blown emo, not a great look.
The monochrome look of Sin City still looks visually stunning but it’s not as effective as it was the first time round. What will be interesting to see is how the 3D effect will add to the monochrome setting. I feel that after waiting so many years for the sequel, older fans will not be massively impressed as they could have been if this came out a few years after the first. With the massive gap, a lot of new fans will end up going to the movie who will not know why Sin City was so massive the first time round.
They seemed to have beefed up the violence for A Dame to Kill For, as well as the nudity, possibly to try and sell the movie even more, as story wise although they are good, they are not lacking the charm the original had. The replacement of characters, such as Dwight, Miho and more is a little annoying so I’m guessing they were hoping these would make a more entertaining distraction.
Overall Sin City – A Dame to Kill For is a good selection of stories, but I feel it’s too late and will only be truly appreciated by die-hard fans. Hopefully they will release a directors cut to flesh out the stories as they short running time seems to have impacted on their quality.