Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
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
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.