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Sin City (2005)

Cast: Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, more...
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, more...
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Studio: Dimension
Genre: Neo Noir, Comic Books, Alternative Press, Neo Noir, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 124 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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The Eisner Award-winning comic series Sin City comes to life in this live-action feature adaptation from director Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller. Interweaving multiple storylines from the series' history, this violent crime noir paints the picture of the ultimate town without pity through the eyes of its roughest characters. There's the street thug Marv (Mickey Rourke), whose desperate quest to find the killer of a prostitute named Goldie (Jaime King) will lead him to the foulest edges of town. Inhabiting many of those areas is Dwight (Clive Owen), a photographer in league with the sordid ladies of Sin City, headed by Gail (Rosario Dawson), who opens up a mess of trouble after tangling with a corrupt cop by the name of Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). Finally, there's Hartigan (Bruce Willis), an ex-cop with a heart problem who's hell-bent on protecting a stripper named Nancy (Jessica Alba). Featuring a who's who supporting cast that includes Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Devon Aoki, and Nick Stahl, Sin City promises to be one of the most direct translations from page to screen of a comic series, with shots and dialogue adapted straight from the original comic's panels. Rodriguez quit the Director's Guild when they refused to let Frank Miller co-direct the film, a deal hashed out after the two collaborators developed and shot the opening scene utilizing a green-screen process to harness the stark, black-and-white look of the books as a litmus test for the rest of the production. Quentin Tarantino was brought in and reportedly paid one dollar to direct an extended scene between Del Toro and Owen that amounts to one issue of The Big Fat Kill miniseries. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide

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excellent by MDeMars September 6, 2006 - 6:47 PM PDT
Great transition from graphic novel to film.Great cast. The best being Mickey Rourke as Marv. The visual effects are fantastic. It's as if the whole movie was filmed inside of a comic book. I see some complaints that the film is too long. I disagree. Most moviegoers theses days are used to shorter films. Usually 90 minutes. I think that the effects MTV and VH1 have shortened averyones movie watching attention span.

Worth seeing, but not a great movie by gabcraig March 21, 2006 - 10:15 AM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The main attraction of Sin City is the visual design. Frank Miller's art is wisely chosen as the focus of the film. However, the stories aren't very interesting and they tend to go on too long, and with very little purpose. Adding to the probelms is a script that is full of noir cliches, and some truly groan-inducing dialogue. The acting performances aren't particularly strong either, with the possible exception of Mickey Rourke, but again that probably has more to do with the script. I would recommend seeing the movie despite the obvious flaws, as it is visually stunning, and really succeeds on that level.

Great Movie... Great Cast by TOsborn August 16, 2005 - 8:19 PM PDT
3 out of 11 members found this review helpful
I disagree that the movie was too long. The cast is huge with talent and I challenge anyone to name the weak performance (there is a reason the rating is so high). The movie is woven with story threads ala "Pulp Fiction" but the comparison stops there. The Cinematography is phenomenal, Direction flawless... and the story works with all of the special effects and black and white frames with color accents. This is a gritty, yet polished effort that was a pleasure to watch. I further assert that in this recent drought of "quality" movie releases this is a shining gem that will age well and be a favorite shining star on DVD ?

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