Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill for

Plot:  Four stories from Sin City one about Marv (Mickey Rourke) hunting down some college kids who dissed him. Another about a gambler named Johnny (Joseph Gordon Levitt) who wins too much at a poker game against corrupt Senator Roarke (Powers Booth.) The third about Dwight (John Brolin) who is called by an old girlfriend Ava Lord (Eva Green) to  rescue her from her husband, but the husband's bodyguards turn out to be formidable, and  Ava's story is not what is seems. Dwight enlists Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her gang of female killers to help out. The final story is about dancer Nancy (Jessica Alba) who wants to kill Rourke to get revenge for his killing of her old boyfriend (Bruce Willis) who is now a ghost. [imdb]    [photos]

Review: I went to see this moving because most of it just looks great. All the Noir scenes! The style! Cool. Really outstanding! Beautiful at times!

The characters are trying to be cool too, and therefore they are hard to relate to. Also four stories dilutes the dramatic action. By halfway through the movie, I wanted more characters that I could care about.

At the very end, I thought there is all too much casual killing. By the end of the movie, even this nice characters are just shooting people. As I left the theater, it was hard to be enthusiastic about the film due to the violence and sexism. The magic of the film did not last the whole 102 minutes.

Cast: Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Powers Booth, John Brolin, Jessica Alba, Eva Green

Directed by: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez

Written by: Frank Miller
Rating: 2.0 stars: Early in the movie, I loved it  -- solely because it was so cool. As the stories played out, I liked it less. I think I would have liked it better as a silent movie. Good enough for 2.5 stars but minus 1/2 because the message of the movie is to shoot people who bother you to death.

More: OK, this is fantasy, almost superhero fantasy, but I don't like how characters live through multiple gunshot wounds. It may make real life shooting too easy to justify.