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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Year: 2014
Production Co: Aldamisa Entertainment
Director: Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez
Writer: Frank Miller
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Jeremy Piven, Jaime King, Stacy Keach, Marton Csokas, Jamie Chung, Lady Gaga, Frank Miller

My first thought at the conclusion of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was 'why bother?', but that's only because I disliked the first film.

In fact owing to the success of the original I can't understand why this wasn't a hit. It had the exact same structure, tone and visual style as the original, taking three stories from Frank Miller's graphic novel series and putting them directly on the screen, the entirely CGI backgrounds forming the rough, hand-drawn look of the page.

It's got the same seedy LA noir style (and seems more obviously set in a facsimile of LA this time), and neither the story nor characters are any more interesting the second time around.

It concerns a card shark (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who has something to prove to the corrupt senator from the first film (Powers Boothe), the lunkheaded dolt (Josh Brolin, replacing Clive Owen from the original) drawn into a web of intrigue by the dame of the title (Eva Green) and stripper Nancy's (Jessica Alba) continued vendetta against the same corrupt senator who wronged her and took away her father figure, Hartigan (Bruce Willis).

After that awful movie The Spirit from a few years back, all A Dame To Kill For makes us realise is that while Frank Miller is probably a great graphic novel creator, his movies suck.

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