Sin City

SIN CITYBB.5

(out of 5)


“Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything”, the saying goes. Everything, that is, unless you’re looking for women who aren’t badly dressed hookers or men who aren’t Dick Tracy-visaged monsters with no appetite for anything but gory violence. This loosely strung collection of stories adapted from the graphic novels by Frank Miller is a visually striking, gut-flinchingly dark modernization of classic detective noirs of the forties.  (in heavy Hellboy prothesis) plays an ex-con out to avenge the death of a hooker with whom he shared a wonderful night.  is an ex-photographer who is dating waitress  and wants to protect her from her soulless stalker () by teaming up with a gang of hookers from Old Town led by the ruthless .  goes to jail for maiming a serial killer () who happens to have strong political connections, then breaks out of the clink to save the stripper () for whom he committed the deed in the first place. The stellar cast (Dawson being a definite standout) is a pleasure to watch, and the characters are strong and colourfully written, but the vicious brutality of the imagery, enhanced by stark black-and-white photography that employs the odd hue for emphasis, eventually becomes tiresome and overbearing. The film is barely an excuse for a lot of ridiculous violence and silly sexual exploitation, and even its being upfront and honest about that doesn’t make it any more enjoyable.


, Troublemaker Studios

USA, 2005

Directed by , ,

Screenplay by Frank Miller, based on his graphic novels

Cinematography by Robert Rodriguez

Produced by

Music by , , Robert Rodriguez

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Robert Rodriguez


Cannes Film Festival:  2005


SinCity

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