This may be the best film experience I have ever had in my life. I was utterly blown away by this film upon my initial viewing, and the feeling has not subsided upon subsequent viewings as well (I've seen it 3 times to date) To call this movie a comic book is simply doing it an injustice. Don't get me wrong, I love comic books (used to own a store) and am certainly familiar with the Frank Miller graphic novels upon which the stories are based, but this is much more than simply a note-for-note adaptation of his work. The style of the film evokes the hard boiled, pulp detective novels of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammet, etc. Complete with voice-over narration of each individual segment's main protagonist. The look of the film is pure eye-candy (and I'm not just talking about Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba... wow) It is shot in moody black and white with splashes of colour (in most case, the splashes are deep red blood) to emphasize the different moods and character traits of each segment (an example of that being the segment which is based on the book entitled THAT YELLOW BASTARD) The characters themselves are what distinguishes this film. They are the most original (and disturbing) to have ever been put on celluloid. I think even director David Lynch (of Eraserhead, Dune and Blue Velvet fame) could not imagine such wonderfully bizarre characters. There has been a lot of discussion about the violence in this film (and there certainly is plenty), but I do think it is highly stylized and in keeping with the source material. The title of the film, afterall, is SIN City, so in this case, there is truth in advertising. Finally, if for no other reason, go see this film to witness Mickey Rourke's comeback performance. In the segment entitled THE HARD GOODBYE, he plays the central character Marv - a big lug of a character who, after meeting the girl of his dreams, sets out in search of her killers. Most actors performances would have been lost under all the heavy make-up (and bandages) required for this part, but he manages to steal the movie and the audience's affections - despite commiting some of the most grizzly acts of violence ever witnessed on the screen. Clive Owen and Bruce Willis are wonderful as well, and, as I mentioned earlier, Rosario Dawson manages to fill a void in this reviewer's life once occupied by porn star legend, Vanessa Del Rio. Lol See this movie now and you will be thinking about it for days after.
|10/10||ivan_mtl@ - 22 reviews|
9.4.2005 - age: 36-49
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