Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray -

Feels over fa­mil­iar, Frankly

Re­lease Date: 15 De­cem­ber

2014 | 18 | Blu- ray 3D/ Blu- ray/ DVD Direc­tors: Robert Ro­driguez, Frank Miller Cast: Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gor­don- Le­vitt, Josh Brolin sweet spot with the tim­ing of se­quels. Rush them out and the crowd cries, “Cash in!” Leave it too long and the ini­tial buzz is DOA.

Sin City’s se­quel ar­rives just too soon for nostal­gia, just too late for heat. Its pre­de­ces­sor had nov­elty on its side, a thrillingly fresh way of trans­form­ing comic book graph­ics into cin­e­matic spec­ta­cle. But A Dame To Kill For feels in­stantly fa­mil­iar, in thrall to the orig­i­nal’s visual style. And re­heated daz­zle just ain’t the same.

We’re back inside Frank Miller’s skull, a rain- lashed realm where men are men and women are a fem­i­nist protest in wait­ing. The nar­ra­tive at­tempts to whip to­gether

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four loosely con­nected tales of ul­tra- steroidal noir. You could call it a port­man­teau but the film would punch you in the teeth for be­ing high- fa­lutin’. Eva Green is the femme fa­tale of the ti­tle story, all shadow- drenched breasts and glim­mers of psy­chosis, while Josh Brolin brings soul to luck­less shut­ter­bug Dwight.

As stylised as Noh the­atre, A Dame To Kill For of­ten feels like a pro­ces­sion of freeze- dried cool and air­less erot­ica. But there’s an un­de­ni­able pulp en­ergy here, for all that it’s “Just another Satur­day night” in the old town.

Ex­tras: Four character pro­files ( 13 min­utes); fea­turettes on the make- up ef­fects and stunts ( 12 min­utes). Nick Setch­field Look out for cameos by Frank Miller and Robert Ro­driguez; both play tramps on a tele­vi­sion show.

Shot­guns: com­pletely use­less as um­brel­las.

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