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Sin City
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Starring: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Brittany Murphy, Jessica Alba
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Dimension Films
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Kiddie Movie: I'd suggest a mature audience only.
Date Movie: Read the opening of the review.
Gratuitous Sex: Just enough and not graphic.
Gratuitous Violence: Umm, yea.
Action: Umm, yea.
Laughs: A chuckle or two.
Memorable Scene: Lot’s, but I really got a chuckle from the talking severed head of the dead cop.
Memorable Quote: Too many good cheesy lines for me to remember.
Directed By: Frank Miller, Robert Rodrigues, Quentin Tarantino
Produced By: Elizabeth Avellan, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez

Sin City
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:04 Long

A Review by
Stu Gotz
A warning to those people who are thinking about bringing a date to see this movie:


If your cuddly-duddley is the kind of person who meets you at the comic book store every Thursday to check out the latest, then this movie is a safe move. If, however, your squeeze’s NetFlix queue looks something like this:

Being Julia
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Maria Full of Grace
... you get the idea,

and they’ve been bugging you to take them to go see the latest wishy-washy Kevin Costner flick, DO NOT MAKE THIS A DATE MOVIE!!!

You’ve been warned.

Sin City is a series of vignettes (short stories) that interweave and come full circle in the end (as all good graphic novels and soap operas should). We begin with Josh Hartnett as the lady contract killer with a fetish to share a smoke before the deed is done. From there we turn to Bruce Willis as Hartigan, the good hearted retiring cop betrayed by his sell out partner. The fugley Mickey Rorke as Marv dons make-up look that makes his real everyday bad look seem good. Underneath the ugly ass-kicking goon exterior of Marv is a character with a heart of gold. He avenges the death of a prostitute which provides the movie with several nice nude scenes. Not necessarily for the nudity reasons, but I enjoyed this story the best, maybe because it had cute little Elijah Wood and a freaky, stealth, kung-fu cannibal. What more could you ask for?

Does all this sound like one cliché after another? Well it all is, and there is more to come because in the next vignette the ever so sexy Brittney Murphy plays a barmaid in an abusive relationship with her dirty cop boyfriend. For the feminists out there, don’t worry. Brittney is avenged by Clive Owen and a band of gun touting prostitutes. At this point the movie begins to come around on its self as we discover that the presumed dead Officer Hartigan is alive and still has a score to settle by way of disposing of a putrid smelling yellow skinned child molester. Lastly, we can close our circle with the quick kill, and puff of cigarette smoke, of a prostitute that betrayed her sisters.

Sin City is perhaps the finest screen adaptation of a graphic novel that I have ever seen. What makes this movie so great is that the it appears that the producers learned from the mistakes made in the terrible adaptations of Catwoman, Elektra, and Judge Dread (just to name a few flops). Instead of trying to write a script, it seems that the producers took an actual graphic novel and said "Here is your script. Go shoot it." And shoot it they did. Cheesy dialog, overblown caricatures of people, lots of great violence, and a teasing sexiness with just the right amount of nudity to keep your coat in your lap. It is all these elements put together that makes Sin City a must see for the "comic book couple." 4 stars out of 5 and I'm Stu Gotz. 'Nuff said!


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