I enjoy Frank Miller’s Sin City comics and have for many years. And I enjoyed the original Sin City movie, since it was about as close a comic adaptation as can be made. Sin City is what it is—over the top, noir-inspired and blood-spattered moderately good guys vs. bad guys. Sin City 2 was more of the same, and probably slightly better than the first film. Three tales are twisted together to form A Dame to Kill For; Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a can’t-lose poker player going up against the evil Senator Roark (a scenery-chewing Powers Booth), Stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba) vs. the same Senator Roark, and Dwight (Josh Brolin) twisted around the finger of femme fatale Ava (a dangerously gorgeous Eva Green). The tales zigzag in and out of each other, leading to characters overlapping and man mountain Marv (Mickey Rourke) as a constant in all of them. The movie really belongs to Eva Green, a tempting seductress who inspires men to commit serious felonies for her. She’s naked most of the time, and that smoky voice and those emerald green eyes are enticing. The movie is right out of the comics, with two of the stories adapted from previous Sin City comics and Gordon-Levitt’s tale being original for the movie. Stylized, violent and rather fun, there are no surprises here. If you like Sin City comics or the first movie, you’ll like this.
Apparently most people didn’t, as I think my friend Rob and I were the only people in the U.S. to see this movie over the weekend; it bombed royally. Well, we enjoyed it.
Rating: ***½ out of 5 stars