Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything Welcome to Sin City This town beckons to the tough the corrupt the brokenhearted Some call it dark Hard-boiled Then there are those who call it home Crooked cops Sexy dames Desperate vigilantes Some are seeking revenge Others lust after redemption And then there are those hoping for a little of both A universe of unlikely and reluctant heroes still trying to do the right thing in a city that refuses to care Three stories - shocking suspenseful and searing - come to the fore in a new motion picture from co-directors Frank Miller (comics idol and author of the Sin City comics) and Robert Rodriguez - with special guest director Quentin Tarantino! Sin City was one of several films around the world to be shot on a completely "digital backlot"; with all the acting shot in front of a green screen and the backgrounds added during post-production) While the other movies Immortel (ad vitam) (2004) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) and Casshern (2004) were shot first Rodriguez&39;s use of High-Definition digital cameras (like &39;Sky Captain&39;) in addition to the &39;backlot&39; method makes Sin City one of the world&39;s first &39;fully-digital&39; live action motion pictures Desperate to create Sin Cityas a translation rather than a &39;Hollywood&39; adaptation Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller actually used the panels from the original comic books as storyboards for the movie The visual style strongly echoes the comics throughout with the black and white footage broken up momentarily by splashes of colour in certain scenes - a similar effect was used in Pleasantville Needless to say this all contributes to make - possibly - the greatest most authentic comic book &39;translation&39; yet Actors Bruce Willis Mickey Rourke Jessica Alba Clive Owen Nick Stahl Powers Boothe Rutger Hauer Elijah Wood Rosario Dawson Benicio Del Toro Michael Madsen Devon Aoki Brittany Murphy Michael Clarke Duncan Carla Gugino & Josh Hartnett Director Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller Certificate 18 years and over Year 2005 Languages English
Average Rating for Sin City  - 4 out of 5
(based on 4 user reviews)
Sin City Joe Stevens
Simply put, Sin City is a modern masterpiece of film making, cementing itself as one of, if not THE greatest graphic novel adaptation to come out of the film industry. "Sin City" is based on Frank Miller's series of gritty, violent and stylistic graphic novels, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez (Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Spy Kids and Planet Terror) and the genius behind the Sin City universe, Frank Miller, "Sin City" follows the path of 3 citizens of Basin City, Hartigan (Bruce Willis) a cop with a personal vow to protect a very "special" and stunning woman called Nancy (Jessica Alba), Marv (Mickey Rourke) a brutal ex-con and barfly on a quest to avenge the death of the one true love of his unorthodox and violent life, and finally Dwight (Clive Owen), the boyfriend of a distressed barmaid Shellie (Brittany Murphy) who ends up with responsibility of protecting Gail (Rosario Dawson) and her Old Town girls from the sadistic and vicious Jackie (Benicio Del Toro) stalking the streets for unsuspecting victims.
The most striking and obvious technical achievement that "Sin City" provides is its outstanding artistic and visual flare. The colour palette of many of the scenes consist primarily of black and white, however there are also splashes of colour throughout the film that only add dramatic effect and emphasis on important visual details and features. For example, the colour of a woman's lipstick may be a lush red and her eye colour an emerald green, contrasting against the black and white features of her face. In the case of Marv, this gives the viewer an idea about what he finds so beautiful about his love interest, Goldie. The splashes of colour are most evident in the over the top gore which is plentiful throughout the entire duration of "Sin City", with most blood appearing as a crimson red covering many of the scenes within this graphic novel adaptation. "Sin City" uses a perfect blend of live action with computer generated graphics which makes each scene look like they have been ripped straight out of their source material of the original graphic novel, a real accomplishment by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.
Even with a great story and incredible visual style "Sin City" would not be a great film if the performances from the cast were not up to scratch and I am pleased to say that every actor in the film performs their character fantastically, and is a great representation of their graphic novel equivalents. Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy and Elijah Wood all play an important part in the many overlapping storylines of the film. I can tell you now that I will never look at Frodo Baggins in the same way ever again due to Elijah Woods' disturbing, nauseating and incredible performance as Kevin, a cannibalistic disturbed young child raised by the corrupt priest of Basin City. Jessica Alba manages to bring innocence to a woman living a not so innocent lifestyle; Clive Owen shows that at least someone in Basin City still has some respect for women and that those who don't will suffer, and suffer they do, and Bruce Willis is just awesome as Hartigan the cop with "a bum ticker". Benicio Del Toro stands out to me as one of the better performances in the film; there is something extremely unsettling about how he portrays his evil character (in a good way), in one particular scene he is waiting outside Shellie's (Brittany Murphy) apartment door persuading her to let him and his "pals" in. You really get a sense of the evil that he is capable of inflicting upon the helpless barmaid, a credit to the acting talent of Del Toro. All of the actors manage to capture the tone and feelings of all their characters well, but without a doubt in my mind, Mickey Rourke is the star of the show. He portrays a character who is injured emotionally and physically, yet who is capable of indescribable acts of violence and brutality. Mickey Rourke somehow manages to make the viewers feel that his acts of revenge are somehow justified, however brutal these acts may be, a true sign of the talent this rejuvenated star possesses. Marv's story is the central plotline throughout the film and has the most "meat" on it, with Rourke making the audience feel the suffering and anguish that Marv goes through, partly due to the excellent script and partly due to the excellent emotion that Rourke pours into the soul of his character.
Rodriguez really deserves recognition for how he has captured Miller's essence on screen which really adds a sense of beauty to the cinematic production. Rodriguez and Miller set out to do something different, striking and special, and they have achieved their aim. Even Quentin Tarantino's one scene, in which Dwight is stopped, at what you could call an "inconvenient" moment, by a police officer with a boot full of severed limbs and a man with a near severed head riding next to him in the passenger seat, is a fantastic addition to the majority of the Rodriquez and Miller directing. The scene is full of great camera angles, lighting (made even more stunning from the contrasting black and white colour palette) and of course brilliant acting from Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro.
Just the fact that Robert Rodriguez gave up his place in the Directors Guild of America when they told him he couldn't share the directing credit with someone who had never directed a film before, shows the passion, care and attention to detail that Rodriguez poured into this project alongside Frank Miller. "Sin City" is the finest piece of work that Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have produced. The film portrays Basin City as a nest for all of the wrong things in this world, and they somehow still manage to create "good" characters in the "Sin City" universe, however flawed, psychotic and downright violent they may actually be. The only thing separating the good guys from the bad guys is that the good guys are sympathetic killers, whereas the bad guys are sadistic killers, this shows a lot about the tone of "Sin City" and how it certainly deserves its place as one of, if not THE most violent comic book adaptation ever made. The excessive gore, great storyline, fantastic performances and astounding artistic style and flair all seamlessly blend together to produce a near perfect film that will have a place in any film lovers heart for many years to come. I award this film 5 stars.
Sin City Jeremy Gage
Superb, atmospheric film with hard lead charactors and visually stunning.
Definitly a classic
Sin City Lee Shipman
Robert Rodriguez animates Frank Miller's sensational adult comic Sin City with such elegance and professionalism that I can securely say that this film mustbe the best this year. Sin City is no mere film, it is art with beauty more prominent than I have ever seen in motion picture before. The black and white filming is stunningly effective with amazingly tasteful scenes. The individually selected flashes of colour help bring his story to life.
The storyline itself is addictively interesting. It follows the lives of selective citizens of Basin City through three seperate storylines which intertwine to amazing effect. Don't be put off by the lack of a solid story, because the switch in stories keeps you completely hooked, and refreshes your interest at every turn - the interchanges are so fluid that you won't even notice it.
Strong performances from all actors, especially Bruce Willis, who assumes his role of movie hero once again. Micky Rourke delivers a persuasively love-struck Marv, out to avenge the death a hooker - the only woman to ever show him compassion, and Clive Owen who tries to control the outbreak of a civil war by covering up the grim murder of a corrupt police officer.
Guest director Quentin Tarantino perfects this already amazing movie, with such films as Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill under his belt. If you liked those, this is a must-see. I couldn't possibly do it justice. If you watch anything in the next week, watch Sin City.
Sin City kim fraser
Fantastic art film, the oppression and tension can be felt through the cinematography. Performances are inspiring particularly Bruce Willis and Elijah Wood. The contrasting of colours and inter-twining of storylines pulls you into the film although you don't need much encouragement. A film where you spot the variety of actors with exciment and are blown away with their performances. I give it a top rating it is a must see.
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