Sin City (2005)
Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust after redemption, and then there are those hoping for a little of both. A universe of unlikely and reluctant heroes still trying to do the right thing in a city that refuses to care.
7.5 out of 10 for clarification. Sin City is the heavily stylized and largely successful adaptation of Frank Miller's comic series. It weaves together the profoundly violent tales of three protagonists seeking retribution in "Basin City". The core strength of Sin City lies in it's presentation. The black and white visuals, presence of comic art and distinct cinematography and editing create a gritty, visceral noir atmosphere. Sin City is an abundantly violent film, some of which is stylized and highly effective. Additionally, the film is bolstered by a non linear plot structure and monologues delivered by the protagonists. Leads Rourke, Willis and Owen deliver compelling performances that perfectly suit their tormented roles.
Movie Review: "Sin City" (2005)A prologue scene of three minutes with Josh Hartnett as gentleman-killer on a rainy rooftop balcony tinted in stark-contrast Black & White HD cinematography of occasional striking color on the victim's red lips.Divided into three episodes from graphic novel writer and illustrator Frank Miller, published in 1991/1992, starting out with Bruce Willis as Detective Hardigan in a hard-boiled good, bad cop episode, rescuing 11-year-old Nancy Callahan from the clutches of psychopathic maniac of a senator's son, performed by actor Nick Castle. The graphic violence has been pushed to such an extent that even the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) demanded de-colorization of exit wounds in gun wounds and knife slashes, which diminishes the picture's color theme structure established from the prologue on. For that reason, the visual quality of "Sin City" varies.The execution of the production lets me feel the passion for source material by director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller that searches in its visceral boldness few equals in U.S. American motion picture history.The best episode comes then right away from running time 13 minutes to 48 minutes with Mickey Rourke as the heavy-hitter Marv, who goes on Sin City rampage tour to avenge the death of a one-night-stand love affair, where the balance of neo film noir blacks and whites gets infusions of blood-splattering proportions, which finishes to my entertainment satisfactions. Episode three, starring Clive Owen as righteous cop Dwight, keeps heads and tension levels high in another storyline of revenge for another cop's abusive behavior against women. Dwight, portrayed by Clive Owen, stays cool in a magnificent shot interior car scene at night by guest director Quentin Tarantino at running time 68 minutes. The director makes full use of the digital color forces, ranging the wet window flashing from Blue over Green to Red, what brings the potential of "Sin City" to the screen, which has not been entirely making use of due to rating regulations and at times one sided directorial vision of just being an entertainment movie instead filling it also with art-house sophistication.Before "Sin City" slights back the Hardigan Story in an 8-year flash-foward rescuing 19-year-old table dancing Nancy Callahan, performed by Jessica Alba, again from the senator's son transformed into an abomination as Yellow Bastard, where the picture carries through by a father-daughter like chemistry between Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba.The HD cinematography also shot by director Robert Rodriguez comes along with a minimum of production design and further digital extensions especially in exterior wide shots, when the 120 minutes editorial keeps its pace to fulfilling finish of another staying cool Josh Hartnett performed gentleman-killer encounter in a hospital's elevator.© 2017 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)
If you take the movie as a terrible low-budget comedy, you might not get bored to death. But this is not low-budget, this is not a comedy and this is, apparently, not terrible. The first chapter(The Yellow Bastard) was quite alright, then it all just got boring, tedious. All the chapters were like "the main (anti)hero has to kill somebody and it will probably end badly for him". But the final act was absolutely terrible. The killing scenes were comical(perhaps because of the black and white setting), I could not take it seriously for a minute.Positives:The acting and the soundtrack.With all the great actors in the movie, this film was a tremendous disappointment for me. 20 minutes after it ended, I cannot really recall much of the film.
I first saw this when it first hit cinemas and only after I caught this again on late night TV, that remembered just how stupid Sin City really is. I'm not going to waste time by reiterating what it's all about as there are over 1500 reviews for that, so this is me simply weighing in on how dumb I feel this is.I get that this is taken from a comic book and this is supposed to be a faithful adaptation done in a film noir style but all that was running through my mind was just how pointless this entire movie is. What surprises me is just how many good actors signed up for this nonsense. Everything is in black and white except for the occasional colour splash by way of red shoes, red Cadillac, blue eyes, blonde hair etc etc. I never got the excessive violence and I've never really been a fan of vigilante justice movies. Violence itself doesn't bother me, but I'm not watching a horror movie here and there's more torture and gore in this than most horrors I've seen. Every male in this is designed as a mouth- breathing, blood-crazed waste of space and all the females are nothing more than scantily clad gun-toting, knife wielding whores. Practically everybody carries guns or some kind of concealed weapon, cops are worse than useless and virtually no one is ever held accountable for their actions. Cops pull people over for a broken tail light but no one cares about mass murder. I suppose that I'd be considered as unenlightened for hating such a one dimensional piece of crap like this and this review will be deliberately considered as unhelpful out of spite, but even with the unrelenting scenes of violence and indiscriminate killing strewn through the whole movie, it makes for a very boring experience and the ongoing narration of people's thoughts gets tiresome. The one star I gave this is apt for such a dumb movie.