#SinCity2:ADameToKillFor Hollywood English Film Movie Review, #JohnsonThomas, Rating: * * *
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#SinCity2:ADameToKillFor(English/3D)Rating:* * * A segmented/vignettes structured sequel story, this one looks good, has loads of style but depth? #FrankMiller & #RobertRodriguez fashion familiar visually stimulating comic-book thrills with several nods to classics but the lags in pace and focus do make a dent in the overall enjoyment. #RosarioDawson #JaimeKing #JamieChung #EvaGreen #DennisHaysbert #ChristopherMeloni #BruceWillis #RayLiotta#JunoTemple #JeremyPiven #StacyKeach #PowersBoothe
English film review
Visually splendid but tone is a trifle flat
Film Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill for(3D)
Cast: Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Eva Green,Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Bruce Willis, Ray Liotta,Juno Temple, Jeremy Piven, Stacy Keach, Powers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Rating: * * *
Running Time: 102 min.
Synopsis:Robert Rodriguez teams with Frank MIller to direct this follow-up to Sin City from a script by Miller and William Monahan based on preexisting stories along with new ones written for the big screen. Josh Brolin stars in the adaptation of the comic miniseries (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), which tells the backstory of Clive Owen's Dwight character as he is wrapped up in the thralls of femme fatale, Ava (Eva Green). Also new to the series is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Johnny, a mysterious gambler set on taking down his sworn enemy in a high-stakes game of life and death. Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, and Jaime King return for the Dimension Films release, with Jamie Chung and Dennis Haysbert stepping into roles left by Devon Aoki and the late Michael Clarke Duncan
Based on Frank Miller's epic graphic novels and Co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, the movie boasts of a star-studded cast and superb cinematic graphic art. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with original tales written especially for the sequel, we see Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) struggle as he is wrapped up in the thralls of femme fatale, Ava (Eva Green) and Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a cocky gambler; disguise a darker mission to destroy the biggest villain in Sin City, Senator Roark (Powers Boothe). Then there’s Marv (Mickey Rourke) who regains consciousness on a highway overlooking the Projects, surrounded by several dead young men, and is determined to remember how he got there while exotic dancer Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) struggling to cope with John Hartigan's (Bruce Willis) selfless suicide goes black haiired and scarred, all-out for blood.
The vignettes approach carries forward in this sequel too. Unfortunately it’s not as satisfying and engrossing as the first, which came over Nine years earlier- and without the 3D too. The first Sin City was a collaboration too- a better one at that. With it’s dark crime novel core , surreal visual graphics style which appeared to have been lifted straight out of Frank Miller’s celebrated books. The stylized portrayal of good and evil in monochrome with shades of color as a signature characteristic of each character was luscious to look at and more satisfying in it’s essay mainly because of it’s tighter script and engaging tempo. It was fresh and pushing the envelope like never before. This one , Sin City 2, is a trifle slack on that score. Visually, there’s no call for criticism but in terms of entertainment value it does appear to be wanting. The vignettes appear just a little labored and distended. The action though continues to be superlative.
There is no freshness of purpose here and neither is there any new dimension (other than 3D) coming alive here. So it’s just more of the same with a few more additional characters coming into play with some unnecessary effects. Performances are very much in keeping with the nature of the tweaked-up tone. Robert Rodriguez’s enthusiasm is visible but the lack of connectedness and novelty is what limits the experience.