Sin City

  • 18
  • Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino (2005)
  • US
  • 118 min
Sin City
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Frank Miller's hard-boiled comic book Sin City comes to spectacular life in this directorial collaboration with film-maker Robert Rodriguez. Shot in black and white with occasional splashes of colour, the pulpy thriller meticulously re-creates three interlinked stories in the neo-noir crime series. In each segment, cops, criminals and femmes fatales blur the lines between good and evil as they collide in love, lust or gory conflict. Bruce Willis brings poignancy as the disgraced ex-cop shielding dancer Jessica Alba from a deformed maniac, while tough private eye Clive Owen's brutal clash with rival suitor Benicio Del Toro adds a streak of gallows humour. However, it's a barely recognisable Mickey Rourke who steals the show, playing a soft-hearted ex-con out to avenge his sweetheart's murder. Stylistically the movie is a masterpiece, with its astonishing visuals papering over a repetitious plot and some corny dialogue. It won't suit every taste, but genre fans will be blown away.

Plot Summary

Adaptation of Frank Miller's hard-boiled comic book, starring Bruce Willis, Clive Owen and Mickey Rourke. In the ultra-violent metropolis of Basin City, cops, criminals and femmes fatales collide in love, lust or gory conflict. Honest cop Hartigan tries to protect a dancer from a sadistic killer, while ex-con Marv wants revenge for the murder of his sweetheart. Meanwhile, man with a past Dwight finds himself at the centre of a gang war when he tangles with corrupt policeman Jackie Boy.

Cast and crew

Cast

Marv
Mickey Rourke
Hartigan
Bruce Willis
Dwight
Clive Owen
Nancy Callahan
Jessica Alba
Jackie Boy
Benicio Del Toro
Shellie
Brittany Murphy
Kevin
Elijah Wood
Gail
Rosario Dawson
Manute
Michael Clarke Duncan
Lucille
Carla Gugino
The Man
Josh Hartnett
Bob
Michael Madsen
Goldie / Wendy
Jaime King
Roark Jr / Yellow Bastard
Nick Stahl
The Customer
Marley Shelton
Senator Roark
Powers Boothe
Cardinal Roark
Rutger Hauer
Murphy
Arie Verveen
Miho
Devon Aoki
Becky
Alexis Bledel
Priest
Frank Miller
Stuka
Nicky Katt
Brian
Tommy Flanagan

Crew

Director
Frank Miller
Director
Robert Rodriguez
Director
Quentin Tarantino

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White and Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 3 Jun 2005
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Categories
Drama

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