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Sin City is Hot Bodied and Hard Boiled

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  • ravenadal
    Sin City is a stripped-down, souped up, adrenaline stoked thrill ride driven by a crazed conductor with the lunatic inventor cackling from the shotgun seat.
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2005
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      "Sin City" is a stripped-down, souped up, adrenaline stoked thrill
      ride driven by a crazed conductor with the lunatic inventor cackling
      from the shotgun seat. It is a drug-induced fever dream with the
      tension, drama, lust, love, blood and guts ratcheted up so far that
      the movie becomes the cinematic equivalent of Bette Davis' famous
      quote from "All About Eve,": "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be
      a bumpy night!"

      Book-ended by Bruce Willis' selfless sacrifice to save the virtue of
      an 11 year-old girl (and his doing it once again with feeling eight
      years later when that 11 year-old has grown into chap-wearing,
      lasso-twirling Jessica Alba), "Sin City" bumps and grinds its way into
      a not so gentle fright.

      In between there is a searing love story featuring Mickey Rourke as a
      relentless hulk of an avenging angel - an angel who must have fallen
      face first from heaven. Broken-faced and broken-hearted, Rourke's
      brutal, bloody pursuit of the man who killed his blond angel, Jaime
      King, is the sweet spot of the movie. Carla Gugino as Rourke's
      lesbian parole officer is a sho-nuff, hot-bodied, harlot-angel in her
      own right.

      Beniticio Del Torro does a wicked, greasy turn as a rogue cop who
      decides to take a drive on the wild side and loses his head in his
      reckless pursuit.
      Clive Owen is hard-boiled and Rosario Dawson is delicious as a bad
      girl in a bad world.

      Working from Frank Miller's "script," seems to sharpen Rodrigues'
      narrative sloth while giving full reign to Miller's creative excesses.
      "Sin" is a gorgeous panache of windswept overcoats, careening vintage
      automobiles and sumptuous red-lipped babes, and the dialogue is
      elegant in a smashed mouth, split-lipped, broken-toothed, hard-boiled
      way.

      If there is a bigger cesspool than Basin City, "the city without
      pity," I don't wanna see it. "Sin City" is a such a Grand Guignol of
      a movie, with its freak show villains (Elijah Wood's nerdy
      flesh-eating sexual predator and Nick Stahl's grotesque pedophile)
      seriously flawed heros (Willis, Rourke and Owen) it is sobering to
      realize that this is a watered down version of Frank Miller's self
      described "big fat comic books." But even as Frank Miller lite, "Sin
      City" is the closest approximation of the raw naked power of big fat
      comic books ever to reach the screen.

      ~rave!

      Copyright © 2005 Kelwyn Wright
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