Starring: Josh Hartnett, Marley Shelton, Bruce Willis, Jaime King, Jessica Alba, Maria Bello, Kate Bosworth, Jason Douglas, Carla Gugino, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Makenzie Vega, Katherine Willis, Elijah Wood, Benecio del Toro, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Michael Clarke Duncan
Director (s): Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Writer (s): Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Studio: Dimension Films
Runtime: 124 minutes
I won’t lie, this is going to be a hard movie for me to review. Not just because it has been awhile since I last watched it, but also just because the way the movie is done. What we have here in Sin City, are three different stories surrounding three different main characters. One story is that of Hartigan (Bruce Willis), probably the only non-corrupted cop in the whole city, as he tries to protect Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba).
Another story we have is perhaps the best of the whole movie, and that’s the story of Marv (Mickey Rourke). Marv is a complete badass, complete with a disgusting face. He’s a killer that has never had anyone be nice to him before, until he hooks up with Goldie (Jamie King) and becomes a changed man. Well changed in the fact that while sleeping with Goldie for the first time, she’s murdered. Now Marv doesn’t just want to kill people, he wants to kill the right people, he wants to take out the bad guys. And yes, heads will roll.
The last story is that of Dwight (Clive Owen), and while I’ve seen folks call it the worse story in the movie, I’m going to have to disagree because there are no bad stories in the movie and this one certainly doesn’t deserve to be labeled the worst. Dwight becomes friends with the waitress Shelley (Brittany Murphy), and therefore gets wrapped up with Shelley’s abusive ex-boyfriend, Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). Things get worse when Dwight and some his hooker friends kill Jackie Boy, which was a bad thing to do in this part of the city. This story is loaded with gangs and pimps and whores.
If you’re looking for something different, Sin City is the movie for you. It features a vastly unique look compared to any other movie, and the end result is a masterpiece of artwork. Yes, the film is black and white, though not 1930’s black and white, and that is part of the visual appeal of the movie that will amaze you. The other colors that are used in the film (green, red, yellow, etc.) are done so brilliantly.
Bruce Willis does a great job of playing Hartigan, though it’s not an entirely new role for him. Jessica Alba is surrounded by a cast that is far superior in acting ability than her, but what she lacks is more than made up for by the fact that she is hot. Mickey Rourke steals the movie, and at least in my opinion, becomes its most memorable star character. Clive Owen and Brittany Murphy also both did very well in their roles. Two other guys who did phenomenal jobs are the assassin Kevin (Elijah Wood), who eats corpses and keeps heads as trophies, and the Yellow Bastard (Nick Stahl), who is perhaps the most disgusting character ever, a child molesting son of a Senator.
Go, give this one a watch or two, and make sure you add it to your DVD collection as soon as you possibly can.
Review originally written in 2006.