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Sin City (2005)

Duration2h 4m
RatingsUK: 18, USA: R, 
Source of storyFour graphic novels by Frank Miller
DirectorFrank Miller, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rogriguez
Writers/ScriptRobert Rogriguez, Frank Miller
StarringJessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Benecio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauger, Jaime King, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood, 
RatingsIMDb: 8.0 by 734,519 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 77% by 252 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: Four stories from the Frank Miller Sin City universe are presented in a sort of comic book format involving, initially, a paedophile on the verge of taking advantage of an eleven your old girl, being prevented from doing so by an old cop with heart trouble (Bruce Willis). Thereafter the spotlight focuses on a very tough criminal (Mickey Rourke) who is being framed for the murder of a young woman with whom he has had sex. Then the story shifts to a private detective (Clive Owen) who is in a relationship with the leader of a group of prostitutes (Rosario Dawson). The accidental killing of a detective may result in a war with the police. And more!

Content: There is a bit of sex, and a lot of young women dressed in their underwear, bondage gear or less. The whole movie is presented in a sort of black and white comic book style, with splashes of colour, particularly blood, but sometimes women’s hair or lipstick. There is a lot of voice-over by each of the characters. At one point unknown to each other, the male characters are in the same bar, where the young woman who had been saved from the paedophile (Jessica Alba) is an erotic dancer. There is a lot of gunfire and some dismemberment of people with edged weapons.

A View: It is worth noting that the “8.0” rating on IMDb was set by over 700,000 people, the highest number I have come across. It is actually relentlessly sexist and mostly very unpleasant, saved by the comic book style which is pretty impressive. I’m not sure that the fragmenting of the stories, Tarantino style does it any favours and had it not been necessary for me to watch it all so that I could write this review, I might have walked out (virtually). So, now you know what it is you can decide whether to watch it or not.

Additional info: All the acting was carried out in front of a green screen, although the bar is an actual set.

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