[pullquote cite=”” type=”left, right”][amazon text=Amazon&template=carousel&chan=That Film Guy&asin=B00M482XVU][/pullquote] Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the long-awaited sequel to the adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel series. It’s been 9 years since the original was released, and the film has suffered something of a rocky road to production.
As expected it is consistent in its gritty black and white imagery with flashes of colour, and there are returns for most of the characters that were introduced in the first film. The exception being Clive Owen’s departure and Josh Brolin taking his place, bulking up and looking almost unlike his normal self. The Governor still controls the dismal and decaying City of Sin in his own uniquely twisted and depraved way.
The film cuts to Gambling, one of the infamous past times following on from the constant drinking, whoring, and stripping that encapsulates the city. Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) wants in on the high stakes game the Governor runs every night, along with his lady luck. All is going swimmingly well until the Governor decides if he doesn’t win, then nobody does. Cementing the unjust and notoriously illegal lives of the powerful. An interesting fact “ Frank Miller likes Gordon-Levitt so much as a talented young actor, that he wrote him a part in the film as a last minute addition.
The story then switches tempo, back to the past and how Nancy (Jessica Alba) was left at the end of the first film, distraught and drunk. She now moves from having one hell of a past to being determined and hell bent on exacting revenge at the right moment.
Keep up, as the story now moves to Josh Brolin (The new Dwight), an unfortunate soul who loves the wrong women, one of those characters who will never win at life or love. The old flame Ava (Eva Green), comes back to haunt him, she’s in trouble and can only rely on Dwight to end her matrimonial nightmare. The film centers mostly on the story that unfolds between Brolin and Green and the others they drag into their messy path. With some unforgettable one liners from Mickey Rourke and ruby red raucousness’ from all involved the best parts of the film and most memorable take place here.
Frank Miller delivers an interesting if uneven tale of love and hate and the fine line between the two.