Frank Miller’s iconic graphic novels return to the big screen with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Following up on the original 2005 Sin City film, the return of the series adapts two more of Frank Miller’s classic stories with new material. The new material hasn’t diluted the neo noir feel of the original, and with Frank Miller returning to both write and direct along with Robert Rodriguez, faithful Sin City lovers as well as new converts to the franchise can be sure that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For faithfully represents Miller’s vision.
The ultra-violent Sin City movies are set in a dismal metropolis inhabited by complicated heroes and malevolent villains. Filmed in desaturated black and white, both movies have an iconic feel that sets them apart from the standard summer offerings. Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four) reprises her starring role from the original Sin City as stripper Nancy, and Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) returns as outlaw Marv. Bruce Willis (The Sixth Sense) is the hard-boiled detective and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) is Johnny. Josh Brolin (W.) joins the Sin City series as Marv’s friend and sometime-sidekick Dwight McCarthy; Clive Owen (Children of Men) played McCarthy in the original. Rosario Dawson (Men in Black II) returns as Gail.
The creators have been deliberately closed-mouth about the plot of the movie, but they’ve sprung a few details: The opening scene features Marv attacking frat boy bullies to prevent them from burning a homeless man.
This sequel has been eagerly awaited by fans almost since the first Sin City was released. The gap may be due in part to the fact that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For isn’t lifted wholesale from Miller’s comic novels, but is based on an original script Miller wrote for the project.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens August 22, 2014.