Second Chance Review
Some things never change in Basin City.
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Its inhabitants live in a black and white world with dabs of color painted upon its canvas for points of emphasis and dramatic effects.
Based upon the graphic novel drawn and written by Frank Miller, who also serves as co-director, the audience return to a world in which revenge is the essential theme. The film takes a look at four stories – two from the graphic novel, two new stories created for the film.
Robert Rodriguez returns as the director who gave the audience a cinematic treat with the first Sin film with its story telling in a mystery noir format in which justice is administered by one’s own hands.
Mickey Rourke returns as Marv, the tough guy enforcer, who does the heavy lifting in the film when he’s not too busy drinking or fighting by appearing in all four vignettes.
Jessica Alba goes from being the damsel in distress to seeking vengeance upon her one true love being taken away from her.
Newcomer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Johnny, a gambler who tests his luck against one of the most powerful man in Sin City, Senator Rourke (Powers Boothe). Mr. Boothe relishes every opportunity to play the villain of the film.
But it’s the work of Eva Green as Ava that steals the film. Besides being shown in her grandeur splendor and her piercing green eyes, she certainly proves to be a dame worth killing for. Her ability to portray herself in a vulnerable position with her life being threatened has an old flame coming to her rescue, Dwight (Josh Brolin).
The mayhem, carnage and violence is all there, but the film lacks the depth of storytelling that the original had. It also lacks the strong cast that was featured in the film but perhaps the novelty effect is wearing off in that darkness that is Sin City.
Movie Grade: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.
The movie’s only merit is its recreation of the black and white crime noir film of yesteryear with one standout story featuring Eva Green making up for the other stories.
Blu-Ray Grade: 3 stars out of 5 stars
One segment features a quick summary of the film that cuts the viewing time of the final product while not missing out on much.
A features includes character profiles by the actors portraying along with makeup and stunt work featured in the film.
Note: The extra features reviewed are featured on the Redbox releases.