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FILM REVIEW: Sin City 2 : A Dame to Kill For (18)

| August 25, 2014

Released : 25th August 2014
Rated : 18
Running Time: 102 mins 20 secs
BBFCinsight: Strong bloody violence, strong sex, nudity, drug use
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Stars: Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Stacy Keach, Jaime King, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Christopher Lloyd, Christopjher Meloni, Juno Temple, Julia Garner, Jude Ciccolella, Lady Gaga

Co directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, with a script written by Miller, ‘Sin City 2 : A Dame to Kill For’ is the sequel to the 2005 ‘Sin City‘ film and based on Millers second Sin City book.

The film features four short stories, ‘Just Another Saturday Night‘, ‘The Long Bad Night‘, ‘A Dame to Kill For‘ and ‘Nancy’s Last Dance‘ which feature many of the characters of Basin City from the original Sin City film including Marv (Mickey Rourke), Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba), Manute (Dennis Haysbert), John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) and Gail (Rosario Dawson). New residents of Sin City featured in this film include Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin), Ava Lord (Eva Green) and Lady Gaga who appears as a waitress for a short while in one scene.

The four short stories in the film interweave with the the first Sin City film however it’s not necessary to see the first film before watching this one as the plot is easy to follow but knowledge of the first film helps to explain certain aspects of the plot for example the link between John Hartigan and Nancy Callahan.

Filmed in black and white with occasional dashes of colour to emphasise blood, hair and other key features of the storyline this is again a moody, dark tale of violence and revenge. While the dialogue in the first film was direct, pithy and to the point this film occasionally looses the tightness of the script and some sentences are rather long and unnecessary during key scenes.

Josh Brolin puts in an excellent performance as Dwight McCarthy and Eva Green plays Ava Lord, the Dame to kill for, very convincingly. Mickey Rourke reprises the role as Marv which he carries off as good as in the first film.

I felt there was less violence in this film than in the first however Sin City 2 features more nudity and close-ups of the undressed female form. However there are a few great lines for example when Nancy and Marv leave a bar and are confronted by three attackers, upon seeing the three men Nancy says ‘Looks like trouble‘, to which Marv replies ‘Looks like Christmas‘ before killing two of the attackers leaving Nancy to finish off the third.

Sin City 2 : A Dame to Kill For‘ is good but in my opinion at some points the storyline drops the tension and atmosphere which the first film managed to keep up throughout its entire length.

If you liked the first Sin City film then you will like this, maybe it’s not for everyone though however it will surely be a favourite with young men over eighteen years of age.

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