This is a movie that's had steadily-declining appeal for me. I loved this film when I first saw it in September of 2005, but as I watched it more and more, I found myself liking it less and less. Now I've seen it enough to where I really don't see many redeeming factors in it.
So many people have gushed over Rodriguez's "comic book" visual style to match the way Frank Miller's original comics were drawn, but I'm not impressed by this at all. The problem with this film is that it seems like Rodriguez banked on the idea that people would like this only for its "unique" cinematography, female eye candy, fast vintage cars, and tales of revenge against over-the-top bad guys. While I like tales of revenge and pretty ladies, they can't save a film with extremely bland characters and storylines, and the stiff acting in some areas don't help, either (especially Jessica Alba).
I think it's quite frustrating that people will be quick to slam the cinematic pap generated by the likes of Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich yet give Rodriguez's movies a free pass, even when they're fundamentally similar for the fact that Bay's, Emmerich's, and Rodriguez's movies are all style and no substance.
I just rewatched The Spirit not too long ago and for all it's goofy meandering, it's look was clearly borrowed from this movie and Frank Miller a noted comic legend who lately has had more misses then hits in his written works-was a part of BOTH movies. Taking another look at this film reminded me how odd and frankly great the film was. The plot has a running theme of corruption and sinful people in all three of it's stories. The first is about a hard headed street fighter … more
Look, anybody dumb enough to LIKE this thing is simply voting for style over substance. All it has is a unique directorial style which is black and white and regularly flashes color in and out. Once the novelty of the directorial style and comic book-like appearance wear off, all you've got is just another movie about criminals with hearts of gold going on quests of redemption. The only difference is that with the constant color flashing, this one can potentially induce seizures.
This is a complicated rating. It is a 4 minus 3 rating. The first time through the stylized nature of the film is fantastic, but when I watched it a second time, it un-wowed me, but it's worth the first time through for anyone unless they don't like hard-boiled graphic novels.
Three tales of lowdown hitmen, cops, hookers and crazies in a ugly metropolis. Sort of like Pulp Ficition ironically enough with more flash, less pop culture and more monologing. Not bad but definitely not for all tastes.
WARNING: This film contains graphic stylized violence including torture, as well as sexuality/nudity, coarse language, and disturbing themes. Only a sick and twisted mind could conceive of the warped stories that are found in the graphic novel series Sin City. Frank Miller is just such a mind. His morbid fascinations with corrupt authority figures, hypocritical religions, sleazy yet strong-willed women, and violent anti-heroes are thrust into the spotlight in his work. … more
Starring Jessica Alba, Benicio Del Toro, Mickey Rourke, Elijah Wood, Clive Owen, Nick Stahl, Rutger Hauer, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson Directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino Writer: Frank Miller 2005
Product Description Sin city is infested with criminals crooked cops & sexy dames: some searching for vengeance some for redemption and others both. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 09/01/2006 Starring: Bruce Willis Mickey Rourke Run time: 126 minutes Rating: R Director: Frank Miller