Sin City


Reviewed by: John Gallagher

Sin City
"Sin City simply screams cool."

"Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything," says Marv (Mickey Rourke).

We are given the opportunity to see some of the inhabitants of this seedy little town as the movie shows us exactly what goes on when you venture down those alleys.

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First, we meet up with aging cop Hartigan (Bruce Willis), as he decides that since its only a few hours until his retirement, he's gonna go play with serial evil doers and save the life of little Nancy Callahan. The said evil doers are paid by Roark Jr (Nick Stahl) to keep watch, as he decides to have his own special fun with little Nancy, but Hartigan has other plans...

We meet up with Marv (Mickey Rourke). He doesn't want much in life. All he's looking for is someone to be nice to him and when he finds her - a hooker, named Goldie (Jaime King) - she is shot dead and Marv becomes a one man army to track down her killer.

Next we become involved in a love triangle with waitress Shellie (Brittany Murphy), Dwight (Clive Owen) and cop Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). Dwight's a bad man but what he dislikes more than anything is other bad men, so when Jackie Boy tries to force himself on Shellie, Dwight decides to teach him a lesson. Not finished with his fun for the night, Jackie Boy takes a trip to Old Town, where the ladies rule the streets and their word is the law, but ol' Jackie Boy doesn't know this and he's about to learn that he can't throw his weight around in a place were he has no powe.

Finally, we take off where we left Hartigan and find out that time has gone forward eight years and Roark Jr is back, but he's different....

This movie is aimed at anyone who enjoys a bit of mindless violence, the occasional car chase, guns ablazin', fists aflyin', yellow blood asprayin', topped off with the most stylistic backdrops ever. If you can get past the occasionally hammy lines and wooden acting from Josh Hartnett at the beginning, then it will definitely live up to any expectations you may have.

Sin City simply screams cool. With an all-star cast and the ability to keep an audience glued to its seat, this is the hottest movie of the summer.

All we have to do now is wait until parts two and three come out and the world will be a better place.

Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2005
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Stylised graphic novel adaptation shows three men on a mission.
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The Remote Viewer *****
Angus Wolfe Murray ***1/2
Scott Macdonald ***

Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Frank Miller, based on the graphic novels of Frank Miller

Starring: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro, Jaime King, Nick Stahl, Powers Boothe, Rutger Hauer, Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Michael Clarke Duncan, Devon Aoki, Carla Gugino, Alexis Bledel, Josh Hartnett

Year: 2005

Runtime: 124 minutes

BBFC: 18 - Age Restricted

Country: US


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