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Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (original title)
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Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.


Frank Miller, Frank Miller (graphic novels)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... Marv
Jessica Alba ... Nancy
Josh Brolin ... Dwight
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Johnny
Rosario Dawson ... Gail
Bruce Willis ... Hartigan
Eva Green ... Ava
Powers Boothe ... Senator Roark
Dennis Haysbert ... Manute
Ray Liotta ... Joey
Christopher Meloni ... Mort
Jeremy Piven ... Bob
Christopher Lloyd ... Kroenig
Jaime King ... Goldie / Wendy
Juno Temple ... Sally


Marv is unconscious on a highway surrounded by corpses. When he awakes, he has amnesia and tries to recall his last steps from the Kadie's saloon on the Saturday night. He recalls that he found four playboys burning a homeless man alive and defended the poor man. Marv hunts them down and kills the group. The cocky gambler Johnny hits jackpot in slot machines in the Kadie's saloon and invites the waitress Marcie to go with him to play poker game against the powerful Senator Roark. He wins the game and suffers the consequence of his arrogance. The private detective Dwight McCarthy is contacted by his former lover Ava Lord that asks to meet him at the Kadie's saloon. Ava asks him for forgiveness for leaving him to marry the wealthy Damian Lord. However her strong chauffeur Manute takes her home. Dwight snoops around Ava's house but is found and beaten by Manute and the bodyguards. When he returns home, Ava is waiting for him naked in the bed and seduces him again. Then she tells that ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Outlaws Will Become Heroes in a City Without Justice See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


DIRECTOR CAMEO (Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez): When Nancy has the television on in her apartment, the two bums in the show she is watching are played by Miller (writer and honorary director) and Rodriguez (director). See more »


Nancy states that in the first Sin City, Hartigan killed himself by sticking a gun in his mouth and shooting. He actually shot himself in the forehead. See more »


[first lines]
Marv: Metal screams. Something hits me square in the chest. There's no up or down. I don't weigh a thing.
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Crazy Credits

Robert Rodriguez's credit for cinematography and editing is displayed as "Shot and cut by Robert Rodriguez". See more »


References Sucker Punch (2011) See more »


Written by Michael James Bryant, Jonathan Howard Fugler and Michael James Tournier
Published by Music of V2 America
Administered by Domino Publishing Company
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Wilting Pleasures
28 August 2014 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

Sin City (2005) proved that the broad use of graphic novel aesthetics could work great in cinematic form, it has become a visual groundbreaker according to critics which leads to what The Spirit, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and Zack Snyder's hits have become. But after nine years, this style-obsessed strategy seems to wilt quickly, mostly due to the fact that comic book movies have also transcend their ambitions beyond the surfaces. This long awaited sequel didn't let the trend compromise its spirit and keeps the camp and coolness intact. While it's still all admirably looking and also consists more blood and flesh, the vibe that makes the first movie so fun was lost halfway through the film, which fails to justify this as a bigger sequel.

Just like the first movie, it was never about the depth of the stories, it's all about being aesthetically faithful, letting the characters do anything that can only happen in the graphic novels and embracing the lurid world. As shallow as the segments can be, there is an undeniable sense of twisted fun that makes it feel so priceless. This new edition doubles the macabre and the nudity, but surprisingly it didn't help to satisfy. The shock and oddness are the real key, while the movie occasionally has them, it sometimes lacks the enthusiasm. More of the priority goes to how cool the sequences are being constructed, but it's starting to lose the novelty of it. It's basically just a campy noir without an opportunity of a deeper subject.

Any of the stories hardly earned something in the end, other than setting up the events of the last film at the prequel segments and finding an extra ending at one of the follow up. The feeling of being inert and the lack of enough grim make the experience feel like a plain old gimmick. It has always been one, but at least the filmmakers had done something special than this. But it doesn't mean it's not well made. The style is still a charm, bringing real graphic novel energy within the scenes. It just gets stale too quick once you realize that film isn't featuring anymore new ideas. The cast didn't help much to elevate things. The only actor among the original cast who is still very entertaining to watch is Mickey Rourke, which brings things to life, even if his gritty character is now showcased by his charisma more than his anti-hero nature. As of the actors in the new cast: Eva Green seems to be having fun at making her psychotic character's easy seduction look like an impending devour.

Newcomers might be impressed in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but there is already a better version out there that is more fulfilled with grim and style. In this sequel, what's only left are style and camp, and there isn't enough pleasure to be found in that. After the entertaining first half and the effective misandrist villain, the film just slowly loses its steam. I guess it needs more insanity and creativity when it comes to its dread and violence. Now it's just the filmmakers trying to keep this franchise going and staying true to what it was, even when the stories basically fills the blanks of the predecessor. And that is all what this sequel could offer, filling the blanks and being loyal to its world. I hope we can get something beyond that soon.

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Release Date:

22 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sin City 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,317,683, 24 August 2014

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