Yes, it’s the big, terrible BANNED movie poster! So sue me! 🙂
I have to say here that I was a huge fan of Sin City, the movie previous to this one, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novels.
The interesting thing about this particular take on the Sin City novels is that nearly all the characters from the first film make an appearance – even the ones who died in the first film.
That got me to thinking, is this movie a prequel? That was my assumption, until the latter half, when various characters and situations suggested I could be wrong.
You see, Powers Boothe plays the master kingpin in both movies, a man so twisted he’d kill his own son rather than repeatedly lose to him at poker.
Jessica Alba is back as the sinewy dancer. Only, this time, instead of attending law school on the side, she drinks to excess and occasionally takes pot shots at the customers.
And while Bruce Willis appears in this go-round, it wasn’t quite clear to this reviewer whether he was really dead or alive. I began to wonder at one point if this film were an alternate version of the first. One in which Willis reprised his role in The Sixth Sense.
Mickey Rourke appears once again, as relentlessly and awesomely violent as ever. The women of Old Town, including deadly little Miho, are out in force and loaded for bear.
The titular dame, played by Eva Green, is so nasty, she makes Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity look like Mary Poppins. As femme fatales go, she’s a standout. Far from playing the victim, this dame is a power broker. She plays the system for all its worth, until she’s forced into a merger with a mob boss played by Stacy Keach under a ton of makeup.
Yet, despite all the plot confusion and so on, the movie gets points for the cartoonish nature of the violence. There is a visceral thrill in seeing hookers mow down cops with automatic weapons. And, for the fight scenes, it’s hard to beat watching a rubber-faced Mickey Rourke as Marvin, kicking the crap out of a scum-sucking yuppie bully or an overly zealous guard of the rich and powerful.
Call me crazy, but for all its faults, I give this movie two thumbs up!