"Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything."
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. Their stories--shocking, suspenseful, and searing--come to the fore in a new motion picture from co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, and special guest director Quentin Tarantino.
With verve and invention, Miller and Rodriguez plucked the stories of Sin City right off the comic book page. Then, using cutting-edge, digital filmmaking, they pasted these ultimate urban tales of louts, lugs, heroes, and hussies to the screen without losing any of the comic's silhouetted look and staccato rhythms. Sin City is brought to life through light and shadow. Through clipped dialogue, stylized performances, and visual invention.
Sin City is directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez based on Miller's graphic novel of the same name: "Sin City." The film stars Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Elijah Wood, Bruce Willis, Benecio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Michael Madsen, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Marley Shelton, Powers Booth, and Rutger Hauer.
At just over two hours, Sin City feels a bit too long at points, especially since its trio of stories frequently meander and never really connect with each other. Fans of Rodriguez and Tarantino may be expecting a clever crossroads in which all the plot threads collide in a blaze of chaos, but such a climax never happens. The film simply features three vignettes that share a common setting and little else.
The real virtue of Sin City lies in its special effects. Visually, this is a remarkably stunning and groundbreaking movie. Never before has cinema so successfully and stylistically mimicked the pages of its comic book source material, and the flesh and blood characters are totally immersed in a pen and ink world. Filmed almost entirely in black and white, color is used sparingly and with great effect. Looks-wise, this might be the coolest movie of the year, hands down.
The giant ensemble cast is impressive. The ladies provide an overload of eye candy (Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Alexis Bledel, Devon Aoki, and Carla Gugino) while the guys duke it out with over-the-top violence (Hartigan's final act against the notorious Yellow Bastard is hilarious).
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