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Sin City "Comic book with steroids" - Elbert

by Ano Puchalski, staff writer

Sin City is film about a town filled with criminals, crooked cops, sexy dames, and dirty politicians, all searching for vengeance, redemption, or both. The film incorporates storylines from three graphic novels, Sin City, That Yellow Bastard, and The Big Kill, all written and illustrated by Frank Miller and brought to life on screen by Director/Producer, Robert Rodrigue

Bruce Willis plays Hartigan, a cop with a chronic heart condition who vows to protect stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba) from Basin City’s evil and sadistic, Cardinal Roark (Rutger Hauer), his dirty politician brother, Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), and the senator’s child-molesting, murderous son Roark Jr. (Nick Stahl), appearing as “Yellow Bastard” towards the end.

Marv (Mickey Rourke), an outcast with super-human strength, embarks on a mission to avenge the death of his true love and one-night stand, a beautiful prostitute named Goldie (Jaime King), finding and brutally killing off everyone involved in her murder, and forming an unusual alliance with the Old Towne prostitutes, one of whom is Goldie’s identical twin, Wendy.

Clive Owen plays Dwight, the love affection of barmaid, Shelley (Brittany Murphy). He spends his nights defending her and his estranged lover, Gail (Rosario Dawson), Old Towne’s head prostitute, and her entourage of gun-wielding vixens (Devon Aoki and Alexis Bledel) from Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro), a crooked cop and womanizer.

Sin City is a collection of interwoven stories involving an A-list cast including Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Marley Shelton, and Elijah Wood.

This movie stays true to comic book form, appearing in black and white, and only using color when necessary to make an impact, as comic books do. As for the plot, it’s the typical good vs. evil.
The Boston Globe gave this movie an A- calling it, “…a stunning, visceral piece of work–cheap thrills polished to the level of high art.”

Roger Ebert, a renowned Hollywood film critic and writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, gave the film an A, stating that it is ”a comic book brought to life and pumped with steroids.”

Sin City debuted at No.8 its first week of release and quickly rose to the No. 2 spot. By its third week, the film already grossed more than $60 million.


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