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Sin City Review

Published April 2, 2005 in Movie Review
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Dimension
Sin City Hartigan from the Sin City novels.
I had the ultimate pleasure of catching the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller movie [or should I say creation] titled Sin City. If you read my sneak preview, you know I loved this film. Everything from the wonderful cast, to the great noir acting, and the amazing cinematography just threw me back into my seat. But will you like it?

Sin City - The Premise


Sin City stars an impressive cast that includes Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi, Benicio del Toro, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Maria Bello, Kate Bosworth, Michael Douglas, Clive Owen, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Marley Shelton, Elijah Wood, Christopher Walken, Rick Gomez, Jason Douglas, Nick Stahl, Makenzie Vega, Katherine Willis, Rosario Dawson, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Michael Madsen. How is that for a cast ensemble?

Other than a large cast, Sin City offers three of what are considered the best stories out of the Sin City graphic novels. The selected stories are the original Sin City novel, A Big Fat Kill, and That Yellow Bastard. The main characters for these stories go in the same order- Marv [Mickey Rourke], Dwight [Clive Owen], and Hartigan [Bruce Willis]. While each story does occur in Sin City, each one is different from the other. Only during certain scenes do any of these main characters ever cross paths.

So, that is what the movie of Sin City is-- Three tales about three different men and a highly volatile event that each took part in. Along the way people die, fall in love, we see boobs, and people get blown to tiny bits. I couldn't ask for anymore... or could I?



Sin City Dwight is quite smooth with the ladies.

Sin City - Comic to Film


One of the most important elements to fans for comic book adaptations is that the finalized film presented is true to its source. On this note, Sin City exceeds beyond all other comic book/graphic novel adaptations. The only area where the film may have missed is by not having Jessica Alba topless [like she is in the novels]. She plays the most popular stripper in Sin City, how did she get that way without showing anything? Ok, ok, this is not a big deal, but this is the only difference I could think of from the entire film.

Sin City [the movie], is right on with Frank Miller's graphic novels. Every piecie of dialogue, every single shot, looks and sounds like it was taken directly from the novels; and they were! Robert Rodriguez did not edge away from the source material a bit; a fact that is supported by having Frank Miller co-direct the film.

If you have not read the Sin City novels, get ready for an in-your-face tale of brutality, honor, betrayal, and love. If you are familiar with the Sin City material, expect to see this movie match all dreamed expectations from the novels.


Sin City Jessica Alba is smoking hot

Sin City - The Movie


Sin City attacks all your senses and slams you into your theatre chair with its unrelenting style and brutality. The film avoids the standard clichés and puts everybody's lives, including our most favorite characters, on the line. Also, this is not one of those happy stories where the good guys always win. These are stories about Sin City, a place that host's cannibalism, murder, rape, abuse, prostitution, crooked cops, and cool ass villains/heroes.

And, last but not least, the film noir cinematography for Sin City is truly amazing. The black and white is completed with a selective color that results in truly astonishing shots. Characters eyes, colored lamps, sirens, red fabric, and red make-up are just a few of the things that are highlighted through selective color. You should not have any complaints about that black & white, as it not only fits the film [based off the art in the novels] but helps keep its MPAA rating down at a strong R. Remember in Kill Bill when the scenes had to become black & white? Well, the same goes for Sin City, but the whole film must remain this color.

That last thing I want to do is make a shout-out to the cast in Sin City for the risks they took to create this movie. For those who were willing to play sleezie bad guys, for the major actors willing to play the parts of extras, and for the gals who didn't mind showing some breast or butt crack to stick to the theme of the novels. Thanks to all of you.


Final Judgment: Sin City is sadistic, it is masochistic, and I loved every f@*kin minute of it. The Film gives you a knock straight to the teeth and leaves you wanting more. Should easily become a top 5 film for the year.
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