Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

logoDirector: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez

Writer: Frank Miller (Screenplay) Frank Miller (Graphic Novel)

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordan-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven

 

Plot: Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Too Long A Wait

 

Story: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For starts by introducing us to Marv (Rourke) waking up from a car wreck trying to piece together how he ended up where he was. He gets into trouble as always when he interferes with some frat boys leading him and his friends to build a body count.

As we know we will get a couple of stories so we pick up on Johnny’s (Gordan Levitt) story, an ambitious poker player finally making it to the big time. He gets to play in the big game in the city along with Senator Roark (Boothe). Johnny cleans up putting his own life in danger because you simply don’t mess with the Senator.  Senator Roark has a familiar enemy in Nancy (Alba) which gives us a small tease of a Hartigan (Willis) reunion. Back to Johnny who gets taught a lesson but Roark.

Time for the third story and we follow Dwight (Brolin) who spies on Joey (Liotta) and his affair with Sally (Temple), saving her from Joey. Ava (Green) one of the connection of Dwight’s calls up for help, she doesn’t give enough away but gives enough to make sure Dwight wants to follow. Dwight ends following against his better judgement only to find out that Ava is trapped in a loveless marriage that she is trying to escape from. Recruiting Marv the two go into a battle against the odds to save Ava once and for all, but not everything is as it seems.

The final story centres on Nancy (Alba) as she teams up with Marv to take down the Senator for the death of Hartigan (Willis). She is haunted by the loss of her father figure who saved her from the Senator’s son.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has three stories much like the first one did to make things more confusing we have a prequel and a sequel. I do feel one of the three was stand out which was the Dwight one because it actually felt well rounded and the most intense. Nancy just felt like an extension to the big story from the first one and was way too short. The story that really didn’t feel like it fitted was Johnny’s because it was split into with the better one around it and then just ended suddenly. All round this was a lacklustre addition to what was once one of the ground breaking films. The story being told in narration by its main character continues to be a good touch though. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Mickey Rourke: Marv who is the brute of the city who spends his time in the bar watching over the dancers making sure none of them get into any trouble. He joins in on a couple of stories but doesn’t have a main one revolving around him this time around. Mickey does a solid job in the role that really is one that will be remembered. (6/10)

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Jessica Alba: Nancy dancer at the bar where she is the main attraction, she wants to avenge the death of Hartigan but she is losing control. Jessica does a ok job but really doesn’t get used enough. (5/10)

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Josh Brolin: Dwight private eye who gets called to help an old flame but soon finds himself getting manipulated by the beauty of her. He survives an attack and plans on getting revenge on her. Josh does a good job raking over from Clive Owen. (8/10)

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Joseph Gordan-Levitt: Johnny slick gambler who goes into the biggest game in the city and cleans up, leading him to make an enemy to one of the most powerful people in the city Senator Roark. Joseph does a good job but his story seems too short. (7/10)

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Eva Green: Ava the beautiful old flame of Dwight’s who has come up with a plan to get everything she wants by using her beauty and body to seduce any man. Eva does a great job where she is shines with her pure sexiness and beauty. (8/10)

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Powers Boothe: Senator Roark who runs the city he never loses and if you try to beat him you will end up paying for it. He also appears in the Nancy storyline as a man out for revenge after what happened to his son in the first film. Powers does a good job and makes for a good villain through the film. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has many supporting characters in with each turning up in different stories, many we have met before but the new ones usually just become disposable.

 

Director Review: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez – I feel they kept the atmosphere the source material created but I do feel the story telling took a step back. (6/10)

 

Crime: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For creates a crime riddled world where we will see crime around every corner. (9/10)

Thriller: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For doesn’t keep you fully interested like the first film did. (5/10)

Settings: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For creates a brilliant setting with its world of crime. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For uses the brilliant effects with the technology used for filming. (10/10)

Suggestion: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is one to try, I feel the fans of the original will not like this as much as the first one and I feel the casual fans will not enjoy this because of the confusion of the prequel, sequel idea. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Dwight’s story

Worst Part: Nancy’s story is way too short.

Action Scene Of The Film: Marv and Dwight attack Ava Lord’s house.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It might but struggled in the Box office

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $39 Million

Budget: $60 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: There is no justice without sin.

 

Overall: Typical Sequel, uses the same characters but not the same level

Rating 60

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Trailer Alert – Insurgent (2)

Plot – Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.

Release Date: 20th March 2015

Stars:

  • Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) with her popularity rising in Hollywood can this continue to make her one of the most sort after young actresses in the business?
  • Jai Courtney (Die Hard 4, Terminator Genisys) Having been cast in the Suicide Squad and with Terminator out later this year, I have questioned how he keep getting big action roles now is the time to prove it.
  • Kate Winslet (Titanic) I am not going to lie I thought she died at the end of the first film, guess I was wrong and now she is even more evil than the first time round now we know her master plan.
  • Theo James (Underworld Awakening, The Inbetweens Movie) Zoe Kravitz (X-Men First Class) Ansel Elgort (The Fault With Our Stars) Maggie Q (Die Hard 4) Naomi Watts (21 Grams)

Director: Robert Schwentke (R.I.P.D, RED, Flightplan) – Yeah we got a guy who directed one of the most hated film in 2013 taking over a potentially mega franchise that still has two more films to come.

Highlight of the Trailer: Tris versus Tris

What Looks Good? I think it looks like it will be a lot more action packed than the first one.

What Looks Bad? Knowing that it is the middle of a trilogy that will have an opening ending.

Summary: I do think we will get rewarded from what we saw in the first film, it built up the characters well so the development has already been achieved. I think we will get the action we lacked in the first one and we do know the main idea of who wants to take over too so this should be an interesting action film for the start of the year.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating –80%

My Guess Rating – 75%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

Star Focus – IronE Singleton

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Number of Roles: 20

Biggest Roles: The Walking Dead

Debut Role: Uncredited role in ‘Fled’ 1996

Television Roles:

  • Somebodies (2008) 3 Episodes
  • One Tree Hill (2009)
  • Detroit 1-8-7 (2010)
  • Single Ladies (2011)
  • The Walking Dead (2010-2012) 20 Episodes
  • Franklin & Bash (2011, 2014) 2 Episodes

Break Out Role: He did gain a cult like following from his spell in The Walking Dead but I do feel he is still waiting to get a full blown breakout role.

2000 – 2009: After his previous uncredited role he started 2000 with another one in ‘Remember the Titans’ 2000. It wasn’t until 2006 where he got his first role in a film with ‘Somebodies’ followed up by his own directed, written and lone starring ‘White Man, Black Man, Jew Man’. He did make his way into television with a couple of shows and in 2009 he got to star in a small role in Oscar winning film ‘The Blind Side’.somebodies

2010 Onwards: In 2010 he got the role of Theodore ‘T-Dog’ Douglas in ‘The Walking Dead’ which he lasted for two complete seasons. He did get to star in a couple of films with ‘Justice’ opposite Nicolas Cage, ‘Between Love and a Hard Place’ and ‘ A Box For Rob’.

Justice

Justice

My Favourite Role: T-Dog – The Walking Dead – While the character seemed to stick around and never really get involved with the major storylines it became like a game wondering how much longer he would make it and when he finally did get killed off it was almost missed because of the other death that shocked the show.tdog