Sin City: A Dame to Kill For: Cinema Siren says gloriously graphic, too bad they killed plot in the process.
Eva Green’s breasts should have their own screen credit in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the new hyper-stylized comic book-based flick co-helmed by director Robert Rodriguez and writer Frank Miller. They present themselves more often than a large percentage of the co-stars. Not that those attracted to this film will mind, but the title should have been Sin City: A Bounty of Breasts and Buckets of Blood. In terms of violence and killing, there isn’t so much a head count, as a headless count.
The actors clearly know how to fit into this graphic noir world, and are a great reason to see this quasi-sequel. Eva Green is as hot as the barrel of a spent and smoking 45, and just as dangerous… Or as hot as the Paris metro in August at rush hour and with just as many riders. You get the idea. She’s hot. So are several other co-starring dames. Jessica Alba is just as compelling as Eva Green even remaining comparatively clothed. She also manages to wring out some audience sympathy with her ‘hot mess and high ball’ style of grief, and the confounding morality that keeps getting in the way of her revenge. Rosario Dawson finds a way to make a character with a rather undefined backstory and inexplicable loyalties interesting, tasks at which she has succeeded in other films, and she proves she is worthy of Hollywood’s attentions once again here.
The stylistic visuals and multiplex-screen-sized characterizations do stay with you. In thinking back on watching it, it is hard to recall what was live action, what was effects, and what was animation. It plays in the brain like a comic book, and that can’t be an easy mash-up to create in someone’s memory. That’s quite unusual.
I cannot stress enough this is a violent film. There aren’t arms being pulled off a la Japanese ultraviolence like Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer, but there is an errant eyeball or two being scooped from their owners’ heads, and even in black and white, it’s a bit hard on the stomach. The suggestion Cinema Siren gives here is if you’re looking for something extremely graphic, in every way, this might be for you. A great cast blowing through 2 hours brandishing guns, bows, whips, and really bad attitudes might make it worth checking this salty slice of celluloid out. But remember, despite it being in black and white, the violence might turn your stomach more than a repeat trip on the teacup ride at a cheap one night carnival.
3 out of 5 stars