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"Sin City" movie review

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The graphic novel by Frank Miller based upon the city with its fair share of stories - Basin City – makes it transition onto the big screen in “Sin City.”

The film retains the novel's strip format featured prominently in black and white, only using color to emphasize its actor’s features or during pertinent moments of the scene.

Based upon different stories within the graphic novels, the film homage to the detective noir genre in which its actors, flawed heroes, do voice over of their actions while attempting to save the dames in distress.

Like a crime pulp series, the weather appears to be either rainy or snowy to emphasize the mood of the film in which chases take place in old fashion vehicle in a time where technology plays a limited role.

In a city in which the law is corrupt, and vigilante justice is administered, the film opens with Josh Hartnett as an unknown male consoling a lone female before his ulterior motives are revealed.

The movie looks at the events of Basin City and neighboring city – Old Town – in which the ladies of the night administer their own brand of justice. And if you follow their rules, they will give you a night to remember.

In this star-studded cast, the actors are featured prominently in four stories and can even be seen in the background during different vignettes.

Mickey Rourke finds himself in a career-revitalizing role as the tough man Merv, who's framed for the murder of an escort, Goldie (Jamie King). The man goes on a mission to find the killer of a woman he barely knows because of their brief encounter.

His investigation leads to a hierarchy that finds himself battling Kevin (Elijah Wood), a speedy foe, and within the confines of religion, Rutger Hauer as Cardinal Roark.

Another story features Clive Owens as Dwight, a man with a new face, looking to teach a man later known as police detective Jake Rafferty (Benicio Del Toro) in his treatment of a barmaid Shellie (Brittany Murphy).

Jackie Boy finds himself in Old Town attempting to pickup call girl Becky (Alexis Bledel) with Devon Aoki as Miho keeping an eye on the situation.

The effects of Dwight's lesson upon Jackie Boy impacts the truce between the ladies of Old Town, headed by Rosario Dawson as Gail and the law of Basin City led by Manute (Michael Clarke Duncan).

The scenes between Mr. Owens and Mr. Del Toro, carried out by guest director Quentin Tarentino, not to give it away, finds dark humor in their interaction as Dwight looks to make things right before an all out war.

The last story features Bruce Willis as Detective Hartigan, an aging veteran on the force, who goes on one last mission to rescue a young girl in the hands of Senator Roark's son, Junior (Nick Stahl).

With his partner, Bob (Michael Madsen) behind him, he’s able to rescue the girl but costs him his career and finds himself incarcerated at the hands of Senator Roark (Powers Boothe). After protecting Nancy from her encounter, he must once again ensure her safety.

The storyline also features Jessica Alba in a breakout role in which she’s featured as the main attraction at bar that she headlines for her dancing and lassoing abilities.

These different stories could not make the transition onto the big screen without its director Robert Rodriguez who remains faithful to the strip with the tone, vision and the mood accompanied by the music featured.

The actors cast in these vignettes were born to play the roles that are featured in the graphic novel.

The sequel, “Sin City”: A Dame to Kill for, will be coming soon to theaters on Friday, August 22, 2014.

Classification: DVD Vault – 2005 Edition

Movie Grade: 5 out of 5 stars

The graphic novel's transition onto the big screen remains faithful in what can often times be hard without giving the work of art its credibility in print format. The different stories told of the residents of Basin City are reminiscent to the old detective noir series that don’t disappoint in this 21st century.

DVD Grade: 2 out of 5 stars

It features a brief segment with the cast and crew in the making of the film and previews for other film but not for the film itself.

Rating: R - sustained strong stylized violence, nudity and sexual content including dialogue

Timing: 2 Hours, 4 Minutes

Genre: Drama, Action, Crime, Thriller

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Guest Director: Quentin Tarentino

Director& Graphic Novel: Frank Miller

Actors:

Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson,
Benicio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rutger Hauer, Josh Hartnett, Jamie King, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owens, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Bruce Willis and Elijah Wood

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