Sin City (2005)

An adventure into a world of hate, crime, and a town ran by a band of prostitues. O god what has the world come to.

The film is primarily based on three of Miller’s works: The Hard Goodbye focuses on a hulking man who embarks on a brutal rampage in search of his one-time lover’s killer; The Big Fat Kill focuses on a street war held between a group of prostitutes and a series of mercenaries; and That Yellow Bastard focuses on an aging police officer who protects a young woman from a grotesquely disfigured serial killer.

Director Robert Rodriguez, who also teams with writer of Sin City comics Frank Miller, is passionately faithful to the look, style, and tone to Miller’s original comic book series.The love that Rodriguez has for his genre of work in this film really does shine and is shown through all of the emotions.

Most of Sin City was filmed in front of a blue screen with digital effects added later, and the look is so stylized that the digital trickery starts to commerce us into Frank Miller’s comic book universe. The look of this film is so visually striking it almost seems at times that you are watching a comic book on the screen. In films today when other graphic novel film adaptations are made what will happen is the director will take the characters and story in put it their own way of style. With Sin City we do not get that as every scene is very faithful to the graphic novel, and we fully feel what the characters feel at that moment.

Each of the actors do great jobs at fully evolving into their character persona’s. The over-the-top narrating job done in each story from Willis, Rourke, and Owen are all so well done that you can totally feel the emotion of the story just through their words. Rourke does the best job I think in this film as the hard nosed son of a gun Marv, and fully shows his true talents of a tough S.O.B. All of the stars make their characters have each different characteristics that are brought up through the film very well.

This film seemed to lack a lot on reality. The certain commitment that Rodriguez has to absolute unreality makes this film hard to get pulled into any of the storys. At times the unrealistic ways became to become too much for me and I started to really kind of become appauled with how far this film could go for the absence of the human factor. This film was so crazy at points that I actually wondered if I could jump from a 5 story apartment building and live to tell the story. Though what in ultimately saved me was these engaging characters and almost made me lose a sense of reality.

The film is ultra-violent without showing any graphic blood depictions as well. The pace of the film is perfect as each scene of violence is handled with ease so it doesn’t become too tiring.

Sin City does well with totally staying faithful to the graphic novels and the visuals are perfect mixed in with some gruesome violence. Though at times this film gets too carried away with being in the state of unbelievable. When you watch this film make sure you surgically remove your brain.


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