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Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 2005 / Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez / Actors: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke ... / DVD released 26 September, 2005 at Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Black & White, Colour, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen

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      14.11.2010 19:43
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      Great adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same name

      I've had a bit of a run of Frank Miller comic books of late, sorry, I mean graphic novels. One that I haven't had the luck of reading yet, though, is Sin City. I first became aware of it a few years ago when the film came out, and it wasn't until I had watched it that I realised it was an adaptation of one of Miller's pieces of work. That it is adapted from a comic book is a given: this much is obvious from the direction and presentation, and it came as no surprise that Miller himself was one of the directors on the film. In terms of the violence of the film, Robert Rodriguez's co-direction takes care of that, and there is an element of Tarantino in there as well.

      The tale focuses on the vagrants of Sin City, their misadventures, and how the city's name is very apt whether you're a hero or a villain in this tale. It focuses very much on a film noir style, with 1950s very much in the fore, reminding me a bit of Jack Nicholson and co in Chinatown. The story is narrated by a selection of characters, reading very much like a graphic novel itself: we have a hulking brute searching for the killer of his girlfriend, a maverick hardnosed cop protecting the woman whose life he saved when she was a girl, and the loner starting a turf war with corrupt cops in protecting the woman he has fallen for.

      All three plot strains have links within the plot, but it's the characters and the direction that make this a special film. Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Clive Owen lead the three interwoven tales, but an all star cast muster up to meet them in terms of ability to make sure that no one is head and shoulders above the rest. If anything, Rodriguez and Miller seem intent on either following directly to suit or putting actors outside of their comfort zones. Willis, for example, is well at home as the hardnosed cop who doesn't like to do things by the book, whereas the normally childlike and angelic Elijah Wood is extremely convincing as a psychotic serial killer.

      The directing pairing really go to town on this. The black and white presentation of the film is done with high definition in terms of contours and lines - everything is sharp. In contrast, the occasional bright red of blood or lipstick are an example of the very rare glimpses of colour which really add to the visual effects the film has. The heroism of the three leads is matched only by their violent streaks, extreme violence coming to the fore from all of them, women at the centre of it all. But Miller doesn't let this descend into a chauvinistic show. The women involved are very strong and dominant, from Rosario Dawson's head hooker and leader of the streets to Jessica Alba's leather clad pole dancer. The only weak characters are the villains, and even then, they have some strength about them.

      Visually stunning and engrossing to watch, this is not for the faint hearted. Violent and gruesome, it's worthy of its 18 certificate, but somehow the violence doesn't deter people from watching it due to its portrayal as a graphic novel. You can see its origins, and to be honest, I wonder that more graphic novels aren't adapted in this way. It certainly means it remains true to its original source, and makes it infinitely more powerful in all ways. Thumbs up, well recommended.

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        14.11.2010 02:27
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        buy this if you loved Grindhouse or chinatown or if you didn't cos its perfect and I love it

        This is a review for the recut and extended edition of sin city which is loaded with groovy extras, such as Robert' Rodriguez' 10 minute cooking school that tells you how to make breakfast burritos, multiple commentaries , the option to watch each story in it's original form and much much more. Also, it comes in a very dashing tin case
        The film itself to my mind couldn't have been better. The perfectly cast cast is fantastic all round and as an adaption , the film succeeds in capturing the mood of the books. Not like you have to have read the books at all to enjoy the film, although no doubt you'll be tempted to after seeing the film, though the film is so good it almost makes you want to wait for sin city 2 so you can experience the stories for the first time on the big screen, where I think they're in their best form.

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          14.05.2010 00:52
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          Excellent film, great actors, loads of action

          Frank Miller's Sin City is a great example of the new age film noire, fantastic black and white screen with the odd splash of colour here and there....it really works and is so different!

          Based on the comics written by Frank Miller, the film is very comic like in the colour (as above) and also the voice over, which I think is supposed to be like the captions or speech bubbles you get in each frame of a comic, very clever!

          Sin City follows the dramatic stories of many inter-linked characters and includes many great famous actors / actresses including Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen and Elijah Wood.

          The film is really fast paced and action packed and filled with its fair share of violence.

          I really enjoy how we follow just a few main characters emotionally involving storylines but a whole load of other characters manage to get involved.
          The story is clever yet extremely simple and easy to follow and I don't think you will find yourself lost at any point.

          This is a fantastic film, very clever and full of excellent actors, definitely worth watching.

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          30.01.2010 11:14
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          Sin City, a place to avoid for your next 2 week break!

          So often comic book adaptations end up missing the point and being disowned by their original creator, however, this is the exception to the rule, a super stylish romp through the lawless Sin City, created by the legendary Frank Miller and directed by Robert Rodriguez who really does bring the comic book to life in a way that few comics (Mostly any of Alan Moore's, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen springs to mind!) have ever been on the big screen.

          The film is shot in highly defined black and white to give it the film noir styling of the story, but there are occasional glimpses of colour in an outfit or blood which just add real panache to the piece.

          The film is a series of misadventures of the residents of Sin City which come together or not to create a few days in the life of the city, we have Marv (An outing by Mickey Rourke which rejuvenated his career), a huge burly thug with a soft heart who falls in love and is framed for the murder of his lover, he goes on a mission to find and kill the twisted murderer of his girl. Hartigan(Bruce Willis) a cop who is close to retirement who once saved a little girl from being murdered and has to protect her again in adult form when she falls in love with him and her murderer seeks her out again, and Dwight (Clive Owen) a detective who starts a turf war by killing some corrupt cops who are after his girl.

          This film has a real substance to back up the style, the acting is excellent and nuanced and the visuals really do stand out brilliantly, they look like a comic book and the characters act like comic book characters for once.

          The film is hard, uncompromising and violent, the women are either broads in distress or violent hookers, which is a tad mysoginistic but fits with themes of Frank Millers work, which is like this and clearly has no basis in reality. The men all wear long flowing coats while the women wear very little and when they do its figure hugging to the extreme, but in Millers defence, the women especially Rosario Dawson and her gang of hookers are strong willed, passionate and an equal of any of the bad guys in the city.

          Actors play against type with Elijah Wood especially good as a crazed serial killer, Jessica Alba and Brittany Murphy are excellent as the love interests of Hartigan and Dwight respectively and Josh Hartnett, Benecio del Toro and Michael Madsen all turn up too at varying points.

          The film has elements of Tarantino in the way characters pass and the build up of the story, but stylistically the violence is pure Rodriguez, comic book and unrealistic, which totally de-glamorises it.

          I found Rourke's turn very convincing as was Bruce Willis as the ageing good guy in a city of bad people. Clive Owen was less convincing but then I find that in most of his films.

          The action is well paced, the story flits around to a fitting finale, the music is cool and it is a well thought out and ground breaking piece of cinema from the first decade of the 2000's.

          If you like 50's detective noir, where the guys are heroically brave but not above hurting people seriously and the ladies look amazing and have real guts, then this is a film for you.

          It is stylistically and thematically excellent and well deserves to be in the higher echelons of comic book adaptations.

          The DVD is available for £3.98 on Amazon.com.

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          02.01.2010 10:56
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          Overall very good film to watch

          Sin City is in the film noir genre and is based on the graphic comic books written by Frank Miller. It focuses on the stories of several characters some good and some bad in the dark streets and back alleys of Sin City where violence and corruption go hand in hand.

          The movie itself features a huge cast of characters and jumps from character to character so there are a few stories to concentrate on and then at the end everything comes together. The first story in the film surrounds Bruce Willis who plays a cop who is retiring from the force. Before he does he goes to save a little girl from a serial killer. The killer is the son of the senator of the city and thinks he can do whatever he wants and there will remain untouched. This story is started and the remainder is finished later on in the movie.

          The next story moves on to a hard man called Marv played by Mickey Rourke who has been framed for the murder of a prostitute. Marv sets about doing his own investigation work to discover what really happened and save himself. Along the way he kills and maims quite a few characters he comes across in his pursuit of the truth. His story comes to a shocking and gory climax with a face off with a vicious menacing cannibal played by Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood.

          The third story involves another tough guy named Dwight played by Clive Owen who goes to the aid of his new girlfriend after she is mistreated by a sleazy man by the name of Jackie Boy. This all results in a gang fight between corrupt cops, assassins and others. For me, this was the poorest story of the three however.

          I think all the stories were pretty good and the first two were excellent. The actors in the film really bring the stories to life. The majority of the male characters are tough and rugged and appear to be rough in the way they speak and how they go about their business. All this adds to the dark scenery throughout. All the women are beautiful and saved by the male characters. The typical comic book heroines.

          You do have to concentrate a bit as the stories jump back and forth but overall Sin City is excellent if you like dark, menacing films. I found myself unable to look away as the film does keep you gripped as you wonder what will happen next to the main characters. It is very violent so only for adults and there's alot of nudity, killing and mutilation. I did find a couple of scenes in particular quite disturbing and one especially involving Elijah Wood. The film is mostly in black and white with rare moments of colour which works very well as it highlights that scene. It is a very original movie and worth seeing if you don't mind violence.

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          15.09.2009 22:15
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          A lot of people love this film, not for everybody though

          'Sin City' is based on the graphic novels (they are comics really, but grown adults say they are into 'graphic novels' as it is less embarrassing) of Frank Miller, the film stays true to its source, to the point of being a competely kitsch film noir. Released in 2005, it was directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, and Quentin Tarantino directed one of the scenes as a guest. It is right up Tarantino's street.

          'Sin City' tells three different stories that take place in Basin City, based on stories by Miller; 'The Hard Goobye' with Mickey Rourke in heavy prosthetic make-up, playing Marv, a hulking brute out to avenge the murder of the only woman who ever wanted him; 'The Big Fat Kill' with Clive Owen as Dwight, the heroic protector of a town run by violent prostitutes; 'That Yellow Bastard' with Bruce Willis as Hartigan, a cop who risks his life to save a little girl from a bad-smelling paedophile.

          The cinematography is stunning. The scenes are very dark but contrast vividly with the brightest white, with bright colour used sporadically as maybe the blue of a woman's eyes or the red of her lips. You can press the pause button at any point and the scene looks like a picture from a 'graphic novel'. The action is stunning - people get slashed, maimed, dragged by cars, beheaded, shot and dismembered but the horrendous violence is palatable because it is like a cartoon. There are no nice people in Basin City.

          The all-star cast also includes Brittany Murphy, Benicio Del Toro, Rutger Hauer, Elijah Wood, Jessica Alba and Michael Clarke Duncan to name a few, and the acting is great throughout. The comic book style dialogue is snappy and witty, and they have some great lines to say.

          Yes, it is stunning and somewhat transfixing to watch but for me personally, I was predominantly bored, and my eyes hurt after 124 minutes of those intense visuals. I did enjoy the performances of Mickey Rourke, Rutger Hauer and Bruce Willis though. Anyone who is into 'graphic novels' and enjoys the absurd stories in them that have no substance or depth whatsoever, then you will LOVE 'Sin City'. It is essentially pulp fiction, and doesn't pretend to be anything else. It's just not my thing.

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            15.09.2009 21:36
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            A wonderful pop classic

            note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

            Sin City is an adaptation of some of Frank Miller's series of graphic novel works. The film has an absolutely immense cast, including Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro, Michael Madsen, Nick Stahl, Powers Boothe, Josh Hartnett, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood and Rutger Hauer. It also has a portion that was guest directed by Quentin Tarantino, whilst the rest was directed by his good friend Robert Rodriguez.

            The film interweaves a number of plot threads - the first is of Marv (Rourke), an oafish brute who is framed for a murder that he didn't commit. He attempts to evade the police and avenge the death of a friendly prostitute whilst also contending with her dangerous twin sister. The second story revolves around Dwight (Owen), who attempts to protect Shelley (Murphy) from her violent ex-boyfriend (Del Toro), whilst also keeping a gang of violent hookers at bay, led by an old flame (Dawson). The third story involves Hartigan (Willis), an aging man with a heart problem who is trying to keep young Nancy (Alba) safe from The Yellow Bastard (Nick Stahl), a menacing monster who was transformed into a yellow golem after his genitals were shot off by Hartigan some time earlier.

            What impresses me most, though, is how faithful to the original work this is - Rodriguez has copied the frames from the graphic novel almost verbatim, thanks to help from Miller, who himself served as the co-director. THIS is how you adapt a paperback source - it's utterly, utterly flawless.

            Superbly-written, masterfully directed, and boasting one of the best casts in film history, Sin City hits home hard and fast with as many thrills and spills as one can pack into 110 minutes. It also stays extremely close to the source material.

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            04.08.2009 14:20
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            An entertaining, visually unusual & well made film. Worth a watch.

            So, another comic book adaption steps out of the page & onto our screens. This is definitely one of the better ones.

            The film is broken down into small chapters, all of which tell a specific story. Chronologically the sometimes go backward & forward. Certain characters sometimes appear in more than one story too.

            Each of the stories happen to the inhabitants of the Basin City and are all pretty interesting & entertaining. I don't think any stand out as being particularly stronger or weaker than the others.

            Personally, I would describe the film as an action thriller. Out of all the films I've seen I would say that it probably compares most to Pulp Fiction. If you like that film, you'll like this. If not, you probably won't.

            The thing that makes it really stand out for me is it's use of colour. It's almost black & white. There isn't a lot of colour used. But where there are they are bright and bold. Think a black & white photo of a woman with bright red lipstick that is still red in the picture & you'll see what I mean. Some people didn't like this style, but I really enjoyed it & think that it both added to the film & helped it to stand out from the crowd.

            I would definitely recommend the film. Very stylistic. Interestingly produced with a good plot & storyline. It's full of stars too.

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              16.02.2009 18:01
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              Brutal survival against the Odds!

              A stylish punch into film noir, and a near-perfect translation of the Art and spirit of Frank Miller's cult graphic novels.....This film combines the stories of about three of the nine books, and seizes a bit of opportunity to overlap them - the characters of Miller's black and white world of Sin City.

              It is a dark and brutal world....of heroic cops and unforgiving justice. A world of no bones but hard truths; the strong, the corrupt and the weak.....

              So this film version of the comic books is experimental but the big question is whether a fully animated version would not have been better, and saved us from some occasionally too-realistic and violent moments. It borders on the glorifying and unnecessary.

              The rough justice is served in stylish doses against the perverted, the territorial and the hired hands.....It's all good fun and rather traditional actually, at the same time as being visually interesting. Will it stand the test of time? Not as much as '300' I think.

              This is probably the first of many more experimental styles that will emerge successfully from more powerful digital post-production techniques....It kicks proverbial and literal ass.....like 300 does, but only perhaps, because the original paper art of Miller was so well-conceived and visionary.....Hopefully more like this - and more with such strong narratives - are on the way....

              However, this is very violent with a high shock factor: not for the faint-hearted or those unable to see the style or character-driven writing.

              If only Frank Miller would do his Batman.....in comic form this time...

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                10.02.2009 12:20
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                Good watch

                I watched this film last night and it is the most unusual film I have ever seen.

                The majority of it is in black and white with the odd colour thrown in e.g. any blood is red, blonde hair. Its also not the type of black and white you would see in the old type films but a more comic book effect which I suppose as this is what it is based on is supposed to be like that!

                The film follows different charecters one's loveer has been killed and so he seeks revenge, the other is a cop who is trying to protect a stripper and the final one is a man who is trying to help out the prostitues and what is unsual is that none of these charecters paths ever really cross...they live in the same city and thats about it!

                I think how it has been done is fantastic as it really keeps you watching, its alomst like 3 films rolled into one as it tells each charecters story. The unsual way its filmed is also brilliant as its just so differnt to other films.

                They have also got some of the best actors in this film ones you wouldnt necessarily think would work together and playing parts you wouldnt expect them to play. Just some of the actors in this film are Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Josh Harnett, Elijah Wood, Mickey Rourke....its a brilliant cast and they have done well in choosing them.

                The one critism I will make of this film is it is quite long over 2 hours and so if you find it difficult to sit still you may find you become a bit bored and restless. But if your a film fanatic like me definatly see this just for the fact its a unique film that needs a genre all of its own!

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                  A good watch but not one to live on long in the memory

                  Sin City (2005) is written and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. What you get here is 3 short films for the price of one. Sin City is split up into 5 distinct parts and contains an impressive list of big names.

                  A summary of said names - Jessice Alba, Mickey Rourke, Elijah Wood, Clive Owen, Benecio del Toro, Bruce Willis...and the list goes on. Shot to resemble the cartoon magazine these stories came from, the film is shot with black and white backdrops.

                  Visually this film looks really good. Using (and being one of the first films to do so) Digital Backlot for most scenes (ie. the background is artifically created) this film required all the big name stars to perform otherwise all your left with would have been a nerd fest computer graphics and a niche comic film.

                  Thankfully all the stars did really good jobs. Given that this film really isn't about dialouge (it remains, essentially, a comic) the film is all action.

                  With stars such as Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy and Carla Guigino there is plenty of eye candy for the boys and with Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett and Clive Owen (?) plenty for the girls too.

                  The stories are ok but nothing too exciting. It gets away with it though as the stories themselve are fairly short so if you start to tire of one storyline a new one is just around the corner.

                  The first story then, featuring Josh Hartnett and Marley Shelton this really is short and sweet. I can't really give you any more on this without giving too much away. Lets just say it involves a conversation on a balcony.

                  The second story features the 'Yellow Bastard' who also features later on in the film. Bruce Willis, playing John Hartigan, attempts to stop a child killer. This has a pretty brutal shootout to end the sequence.

                  The third story and the best of the film features Mickey Rourke who is always good in any role he is given, in my opinion. He plays Marv who wakes up to find his lover has been murdered in the bed as he slept. He vows to take revenge on the killer and sets off into Sin City's red light district to gather information and get his vengence.

                  Sequence four featuring Brittnay Murphy, Clive Owen and Del Toro again features in the red light district with Del Toro playing Jackie Boy an abusive user of prositutes. He soon finds however that Sin City's prostitutes can give it back.

                  The final sequence features the stunning Jessica Alba and her fight with the Yellow Bastard from the 2nd story. Without giving away too much of story two I won't go on to discuss this sequence. Suffice to say Yellow Bastard survives the second story.

                  A stylish looking film and something completely different, this is a good watch. However Sin City 2 planned for release in the later part of the year will have to do more to get my money.

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                  19.01.2009 12:55
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                  Top class film that ozzes class

                  I didint really no what to expect from sin city when I started to see clips of it, but after seeing that film I was just blowing away with some great action and a style that I have not seen before in a movie.

                  The film just drips of style the whole thing just looks fantastic and is really done brilliantly. The effects in it are fantastic and the film just has a great visual style to it all that really does grip you.

                  The film also has an allstar cast to it and has some great performances from the likes of Bruce willis and micky rourke as well as clive owen and benicio del toro.

                  The film is made up of three storys taken from frank millers comic books, and all three parts work very well within the film with a very good story from each that intertwine with each other. It is all superbly directed by robert rodriguez.

                  The film is extremly violent as well with some very graphic and gory scenes in the film, the film is also shot in a sort of black and white style with some things highlighted in colour such as the blood as well as other things.

                  Overall sin city is a fantastic film the visual style of it all really is fantastic and the stories in the film are also brilliantly done. The acting is very well done with also a very chessy element to it all as well. A real top film and a definte must see.

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                    Sin City, based on Frank Miller's successful series of comic books of the same name is an intense thrill ride from start to finish. The film was directed by Miller himself as well as Robert Rodriguez, along with Quentin Tarantino, who directed a small segment of the final cut.

                    The ensemble cast is tremendous and includes (among others): Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Brittany Murphy, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen, Josh Hartnett, Benicio Del Toro, Elijah Wood and Rutger Hauer.

                    The stories of the various different characters and the consequences their actions have on their counterparts are ingeniously interweaved to form a narrative that is constantly moving at break neck speed.

                    The story begins with Hartigan (Bruce Willis), a detective of Sin City with one day left from retirement, in pursuit of a sick child killer. The ensuing events are violent, unexpected and exhilerating. After Hartigan's story has been told, Rodriguez and Miller move the action along to Marv, a man determined to find out who killed the girl of his dreams. This leads him to the girls of Old Town, the hookers who work the streets there, enforcing their own laws and looking after themselves. After a series of events leads to a possible war between the police and the prostitutes, action has to be taken by all of the characters to prevent it before it is too late. It is during the second half of the film that all of the characters' connections to one another become clear and the story trundles on towards its shocking conclusion.

                    Usually a film featuring strippers, prostitutes, extreme violence and explosions would be considered "bad taste" cinema, but Sin City is so beautifully acted, shot and directed that it is an astounding masterpiece. The cast are all on top form and the production values are tremendous. Sin City is a must-see!

                    The DVD extras are excellent, with the second disc featuring the extended director's cut of the film which only adds to the experience, and offer an insight into the creative process behind the film.

                    (Also posted on Amazon under the same name.)

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                      A ground breaking visual feast

                      Sin City - A cinematic tour-de-force, created by Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, Once upon a time in Mexico, Grindhouse, Desparado) from the original graphic novels by Frank Miller, this is a graphic novel brought to life on the big screen, portraying the dark and seedy 'Sin City' and its darker and seedier inhabitants, with an all star cast (Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Brittany Murphy, Benecio Del Toro, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke) the film is violent, stylish and extremely exciting. Visually it is an amazing film, bringing something entirely new to films. Following the residents of Sin City, from Bruce Willis' valiant e cop, to Elijah Wood's mad serial killer via numerous femme fatales, this film has atmosphere to burn, great visuals, performances and a fantastic story. It has inspired the design for films like 400 and the recent film, 'The spirit' and will be viewed favourably for a long time to come.

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                        Breakthrough in cinema

                        Sin City is a masterpeice in every way. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller direct here and do an excellent job in recreating Miller's city. I am a huge fan of the comics and they captured the essence here and it really does feel like the comic has come to life on the screen. The narrative is great and thankfully the great graphics are not let down by a sub standard rushed plot. The movie delivers a blood bath of the best kind with good looking chicks and lots of bad boys.

                        The cast was selected perfectly and Mickey Rourke blasts back in to Hollywood. He delivers one of the best performances of his career and Bruce Willis also gives another great performance. Initially I was no a big fan of Willis but he is choosing his roles much more carefully these days and picks a gem in Sin City. Clive Owen also has his own story which is still good, but for me the least interesting out of the three stories. I would say Mickey Rourke's is the best followed by Bruce Willis's and then finally Clive Owen's. There are lots of other appearances in this film like with Jessica Alba, Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson, Jamie King, Nick Stahl. Ok I think that's all the other recognisable cast. The plot is basically consisting of revenge stories. There are thousands of Sin City stories from the comics and this is just a small handful of them, so we can expect more Sin City movies in the future.

                        The best thing about this movie is that whether you are a fan of the comics or not you will love this film as it has been adapted to screen perfectly. Not a film for everyone, but those who love their violence will love this and it does have a comical aspect to it also. Definetily not a family film, but 5 stars all round.

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                        Brutal and breathtaking, Sin City is Robert Rodriguez's stunningly realized vision of Frank Miller's pulpy comic books. In the first of three separate but loosely related stories, Marv (Mickey Rourke in heavy makeup) tries to track down the killers of a woman who ended up dead in his bed. In the second story, Dwight's (Clive Owen) attempt to defend a woman from a brutal abuser goes horribly wrong, and threatens to destroy the uneasy truce among the police, the mob, and the women of Old Town. Finally, an aging cop on his last day on the job (Bruce Willis) rescues a young girl from a kidnapper, but is himself thrown in jail. Years later, he has a chance to save her again. Based on three of Miller's immensely popular and immensely gritty books (The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill, and That Yellow Bastard), Sin City is unquestionably the most faithful comic-book-based movie ever made. Each shot looks like a panel from its source material, and director Rodriguez (who refers to it as a "translation" rather than an adaptation) resigned from the Directors Guild so that Miller could share a directing credit. Like the books, it's almost entirely in stark black and white with some occasional bursts of color (a woman's red lips, a villain's yellow face). The backgrounds are entirely digitally generated, yet not self-consciously so, and perfectly capture Miller's gritty cityscape. And though most of Miller's copious nudity is absent, the violence is unrelentingly present. That may be the biggest obstacle to viewers who aren't already fans of the books and who may have been turned off by Kill Bill (whose director, Quentin Tarantino, helmed one scene of Sin City). In addition, it's a bleak, desperate world in which the heroes are killers, corruption rules, and the women are almost all prostitutes or strippers. But Miller's stories are riveting, and the huge cast--which also includes Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Elijah Wood, Nick Stahl, Michael Clarke Duncan, Devin Aoki, Carla Gugino, and Josh Hartnett--is just about perfect. (Only Bruce Willis and Michael Madsen, while very well-suited to their roles, seem hard to separate from their established screen personas.) In what Rodriguez hopes is the first of a series, Sin City is a spectacular achievement. --David Horiuchi, Amazon.com