The residents of Basin City return to the big screen this summer in full blood-soaked monochrome glory bringing with them guns, dames and corrupt cops. What else would you expect?
Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for is the sequel to the 2005 box office smash-hit Sin City. Based on the neo-noir graphic novels, it boats yet another star-studded cast with both returning characters and a few new faces as well. Marv (Mickey Rourke), Nancy (Jessica Alba) Hartigan (Bruce Willis) Dwight (Josh Brolin) and Gail (Rosario Dawson) all cross paths in two of Miller’s classic stories as they come up against a rather corrupt governor and a psychotic ex-girlfriend.
The sequel has a few new additions as well. Eva Green sets up home in Sin City as Ava, an old flame of Dwight’s, whilst Joseph Gordon-Levitt ruffles a few feathers as Johnny, a quick fingered gambler looking for revenge against corrupt Senator Roark (Powers Boothe).
Like the original, the stories and characters intertwine in a web of deceit across two simultaneous timelines acting both as a sequel and a prequel. Whilst Nancy sets out on a mission of revenge against the man who had a hand in the death of Hartigan, you also get to explore the back story of Dwight (who has had a bit of a facelift – having originally being played by Clive Owen).
Sin City is stunningly stylised in black and white with the odd splash of colour. Just as gruesome as its predecessor, the film offers some incredible one-liners as well as cameos from Back to the Future’s Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Lady Gaga.
If you’re a fan of the first film, you’ll love the sequel. Eva Green’s femme fatale is a great addition, perhaps offering something a little more sophisticated in comparison to the other female residents of Basin City and Old Town. Despite the multiple story lines, the film doesn’t jump around, making it easy to follow.
The film really lends itself to 3D viewing with every shard of glass and drop of blood being felt, fully immersing you in the urban hell that is Sin City.
There’s plenty of violence but for some reason it doesn’t shock. Perhaps due to the way it is shot?
Sin City: A Dame to Kill for showing at The Giant Screen until the 11th September. For more information and to book tickets visit giantscreencinema.co.uk