Ep. 114: Sin City

Sin City – A Film Summary and review (Podcast Notes)

This is a listener requested film that I had not seen but enjoyed watching as a result.
Thank you to Doug out there for requesting this review. It works on many levels the main ones being the neo-noir style narration, the graphic novel look and unicolor approach, and the actors cast in this movie.

Sin City (2005)
R | 2h 4min | Crime, Thriller | 1 April 2005 (USA)

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A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez | 1 more credit »
Writer: Frank Miller (graphic novels)
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis

Directors and background: There are 3 directors.

Frank Miller

Sin City (TV Series) (graphic novels – 2018) (announced)

Robert Rodriguez

Special guest director Quentin Tarantino

So, now let’s listen to the trailer for this film: Trailer

History of the movie
Based on Frank Miller’s comics/graphic novels.

Actors
The film stars an ensemble cast led by Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Elijah Wood, and featuring Alexis Bledel, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rosario Dawson, Carla Gugino, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Nick Stahl, and Makenzie Vega among others.

As the story begins, you have several intertwined tales that you think will amount to some larger, coherent meaning. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t but that’s what the directors tried to do. It’s amount to reading a comic that takes you through several locations possibly dealing with a central theme or villain. It looks very gothic novel from the get go and I liked that. Everything is dark. There are very few grays. It is either black and white or another well-chosen color like red, yellow, or white thrown in to accent some action or point in the plot. Usually this is blood but it is often eyes, the street, a woman’s brooch, or other well-chosen thing. This effect is done very well. It made me feel like I was in a dream. It turns out the Cannes film festival gave this film an award based on its visuals. Another aspect you get right away and throughout is what Wikipedia calls “Neo Noir.” I would have just called it Noir. It is set in locations that are flat and drab like you might find in a Humphrey Bogart film. The actors voices are used to narrate thoughts and this is used much more than traditional talking in a role. It’s all very creepy and it transports you to another place very effectively.

In the first scene a man is wooing a woman and appears to care for her only to reveal soon he is a hit man and he actually kisses then kills her. He coldly says “I’d cash her check the next morning.” Jessica Alba is in this but figures prominently in the final acts only. Brittany Murphy is Shelly in this. I was so impressed by her. Hollywood lost a beautiful and talented woman actor when she passed away. She was taken far too young. This movie doesn’t feature her prominently but there is enough of her to really see the kind of talent she had. She’s as hot as a cat on a roof and she can work it too. I really enjoyed her scenes.

So, before too long we have the main gist of the story beginning.

Hardigan, Bruce Willis, is a Cop thinking about retirement. He has a bum ticker and he’s too old to be pulling his style of vigilantism on the streets. There is an 11-year-old girl getting raped by that is likely to be raped by some psychopath running the town. Hardigan is determined to prevent that from happening. The girl is the character who would later be played by Jessica Alba. At this point when people get shot their blood is milky white. You start to see what they’re doing with the effect and it’s pretty cool.

Next we meet Mickey Rourke’s character and Jaime King as Goldie. He;s picked her up and taken her back to his red heart-shaped bed in a hotel. He has some face prosthetics which make him look evil but we find he’s a good guy just out for a good time. At any rate, he has fallen in love with this one. They wake up after a blissful night, she is dead. He needs to find out who killed her. He becomes a bit of a vigilante like Willis’ character is. Now there is a sort of central theme to the plot.

He’s trying to get a name out of a guy in an alley by shooting him in the stomach. That’s the way interrogation is done. He knows he’s gonna die but doesn’t want anymore pain. Then he shoots him in the head.

Mickey Rourke is fucking built When Rourke’s character is told the slut is not worth dying for, he defends her. Worth dying for. Nice thing to stand for. Also defending 11 year olds from rapists is another. They got the motives and empathy things down.

Creepy look of eyes at the farm. This is when the creepiness of the eyes and cutout format is at its peak. Elijah Wood is a cannibal

Corrupt police. A movie that shows the LA PD corruption is The Changeling w/Angelina Jolie.

Goldie’s not dead!!! Her twin sister is a bad ass bitch!

Rutger Hauer

Coerced confession from Rourke’s character – The electric chair

Brittany Murphy is Shelley

Clive owen is Dwight McCarthy

Hardly recognized Benecio Del Toro with all that wet mop of hair and I think some face prosthesis

The red convertible, Clive Owen is out to take his Caddy

The white blood again

A dirty cop Benecio is a

The LA Brea Tar Pits 🙂

Old Town

Irish gang? Merceneries

The hand grenade sends him into the tar

Never give an Irishman good cause for revenge

The main story in Old Town drags it al down a bit.
Been Listening to the podcast “Super Horror Bros.” and they say “If you are going to have me watching your film for over 90 minutes, that’s an hour and a half, you better have a story that keeps the wait worth it.” This film should be a wham bam. It is 2 hrs 4m

The girls of Old Town come to the rescue w guns

The final acts of this film are not its strongpoint. Willis’ character goes to solitary until he confesses … there’s things that happen. He is reunited with Jessica Alba and she is romantically in love with him. This even though he remonds her he is “Old enough to be her grandfather” and after 8 years in jail. What about that bad ticker? It was hard to believe that part at the end.

So, my final thought: Sin city is a visually pleasing neo-noir masterpiece adapted from a graphic novel. I was a little let down to find out it didn’t take place in Vegas which is the place I have always thought was called Sin City. It looks more lie Los Angeles at night. It is a fun film. I enjoyed most the scenes of vengeance and vigilantism. This is certainly a film I would recommend. I simply would have preferred a simpler, more credible story with a shorter runtime that took off about 30 mins. I gve this film an 8/10.
Thank you to Doug out there for requesting this review!!!
Well, that’s the end of my review and I will see you next time.

Author: Damien Riley

I'm an old school blogger who went full movie blogger and podcaster! Now, I post short reviews about movies I see. This is my podcast, I hope you enjoy listening.

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