Once again putting the graphic into graphic novel, writer Frank Miller and director Robert Rodriguez return to the lurid world of 2005’s Sin City for another set of startlingly gory, brazenly depraved tales drawn from Miller’s comic-book series featuring hard-boiled heroes, seductive dames and psychotic villains.
In Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, some faces are the same: Mickey Rourke’s hulking ex-con Marv, Jessica Alba’s haunted stripper Nancy, Rosario Dawson’s Amazonian hooker Gail, and Powers Booth’s corrupt Senator Roark. Some are new, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s brash young gambler Johnny, and Eva Green’s siren-like femme fatale Ava, her beauty and duplicity ensnaring Josh Brolin’s private eye and every other man she encounters.
Second time around, the film’s much-imitated, highly stylised look doesn’t make the same impact and its brash pulp-noir sensibility feels a bit jaded, but many of the images still dazzle and the cast is perfect.
Certificate 18. Runtime 102 mins. Director Robert Rodriguez.
Released on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Download and On-Demand by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
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