Movie Review: Sin City – A Dame to Kill For

Sin City 2 suffers from the typical curse of sequels – its a carbon copy that tries to ride on the novelty of the original, which quickly wears off as an uninspired screenplay renders everything dull and lifeless.

Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow up to Rodriguez and Miller’s 2005 groundbreaking film, FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY. (c) Dimension Films

Sin City is your boilerplate noir in a comic book world. It’s so loyal to the material that the only thing missing is a thought bubble. While the original proved to be fascinating despite the sleaze, the sequel is an uninspired carbon copy.

A new dubious cast is featured with a few familiar faces. Their stories has no impact as each narrative lacks the morbid humor and human interest of the first movie.

A big chunk of the film revolves around the trite seductress trope. The other stories are uneventful, including a pointless pursuit of a gambler who relentlessly beats his old man at poker even though the latter has bent his fingers out of shape because of a bitter loss. Guess how that ended.

With nothing going for it, the whole film drags on. The voice-over narration in the original was tolerable because the storyline was engaging enough. This time it just sounded like the musings of a brooding angsty kid with delusions of poetic grandeur.

The monochromatic visuals come with silver specked blood that looked more like bird shit. With no one to invest in and the same old shtick, the whole film is flat and lifeless.

Its only saving grace is Eva Green, who is able to elevate her character by embracing the campy-ness of the whole thing. The rest of the actors weren’t clued in. Surprisingly, Lady Gaga’s character is the only recognizable human in this film even though its just a cameo.

Unfortunately that isn’t enough to save the sequel. There’s nothing to compensate for its cliches, stereotypes, and voyeuristic bent. Everybody is shady as hell. Sin City is a shit hole blah blah blah.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is forgettable, dull and monotonous.

My Rating: 3/10

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Good review. Didn’t really need to exist. Which is sort of a shame considering how much talent is here.

    1. A.M. Ramirez says:

      Thanks! Agreed. I do think there’s potential here if they made more effort to explore the human side of Sin City and played around their questionable moral compass, instead of just using tired old frat boy fantasy driven tropes. Where’s flesh eating Elijah Wood when you need ’em?

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