Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. Written by
Robert Rodriguez has said that he does not consider this movie to be an adaptation so much as a translation. This is why there is no screenwriting in the credits. The only mention of writing is Frank Miller as the creator of the graphic novels. See more »
After Dwight is pulled from the tar, the residue on his face changes pattern in numerous scenes for the rest of the movie. See more »
She shivers in the wind like the last leaf on a dying tree. I let her hear my footsteps. She only goes stiff for a moment.
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If I was to use one word to describe this film it would
have to be....Violent! if i was allowed two words I would add
The movie is two hours long and is structured in a similar way to Pulp
Fiction. A bunch of stories set in a consistent world, with characters
falling in and out of each others plot lines. On the whole it works
brilliantly, and for the duration there isn't a boring moment. It is
High octane, million miles and hour storytelling, and it EASILY Robert
Rodriguez's best film.
Allowing Frank Miller to write the script was a fantastic move, as the
dialogue is edgy, witty and VERY faithful to the original material. In
fact, many many lines are just taken straight from the pages. likewise,
the camera behaves like a moving cartoon box out. The framing of all
the key scenes is SO faithful to the printed page that it produces a
truly original look that is fairly incomparable. Visually its a true
original. Sometimes these visuals fall down, there are some very very
obvious digital shots that don't quite gel, but on the whole the
cinematography is jaw dropping. You could literally pause the movie at
almost any point and just hang that frame on a wall, its that
Performances are good all round. Mickey Rourke absolutely nails Marv,
and the girls of Old Town are all as beautiful as they are deadly. The
other standout for me was Elijah Wood, who was truly chilling. Bruce
Willis puts in a solid, if unspectacular turn as Hartigan.
The film isn't entirely void of criticism. there's some fudging of time
lines with Hartigans character (do we really buy Bruce Willis as a
nearly 70 year old man?) and the jumps from story to story are jarring
initially, but once it settles into itself the ride is fantastic.
My other main criticism is the same I have with Quentin Tarantinos
work. That every character and every voice in the movie is the same.
This is more a fault of the source material, but when every single
person is a wise cracking, hard boiled tough guy (even the women) then
it kind of distills the effect of their toughness. In a film that is
predominantly voice over driven, it is hard to differentiate characters
when they all sound exactly the same, both tonally, and in the language
they use. Even Marv, who's supposed to be a meat head, talks in
gravelly prose that would make Bukowski feel like a Nancy.
Other Minor niggles are hardly worth mentioning. From a technical
standpoint the sound effects are WAY to loud. All of the punches,
gunshots etc are given such ridiculous prominence on the track that
they threaten to make mockery of the violence. I actually found that i
didn't want any more guns fired cos it was hurting my ears! all in all
though, its one hell of a ride, and only a couple of notches below Pulp
Fiction on the 'Oh my god that film was cool-o-meter'.
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