Featuring an all-star cast, Robert Rodriquez directs the Frank Miller stylistic classic. At Rodriquez’s request, Miller also directed the film and together they created one of the most original adaptations of a written work. Presented in a noir style with a graphic novel flair, the film’s deep black and white contrast really accentuates the pops of color they add to great effect. Eyes, lips, blood, all become pronounced at just the right moments.
Sin City tells numerous stories all interwoven in different ways as the lifeblood of the city itself. Ranging in scope from the cop beyond his retirement trying to save a young woman, to an ex-con taking down the clergy, the stories all entertain while still remaining challenging to the viewer in terms of scope and character development.
The actors are all magnificent boilerplates for the personas they possess. While some of the characters are typical stereotypes, the actors breathe life into them with passion and inspiration. The lineup is pretty impressive too and includes: Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Clark Duncan, Elijah Wood, Carla Gugino, Bruce Willis, Rutger Hauer, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen and surprisingly Nick Offerman!
The film is masterfully written, produced, directed and performed but not for the weak of heart as the violence can be pretty intense.
reviewed by Sean McKnight