It’s been 9 years since Frank Miller’s last installment of SIN CITY, which unfortunately may have been a bit too long for most fans. Why there is something to be said about the stylistic mostly black, gray and red approach to this, it honestly felt like this one almost had too much color. Yeah I know, I never thought I’d say that either.
Anyway, Jessica Alba is back in form and Eva Green is a dynamic addition to the storyline but there isn’t enough division in the individual stories for the connection between them all to really ever pay off. Bruce Willis creeps into this flick but overall we might have been better off without the flashbacks and Nancy (Jessica Alba’s character) just completely falling apart. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a nice addition but his character was a bit too bold for this world especially given the ease with which his butt was kicked. My only casting issue was that they didn’t bother getting Devon Aoki back for the role of Miho, but it is possible they couldn’t. I don’t think she’s been acting in anything since 2009. By the way, I have nothing against Jamie Chung at all, it’s just that if you are grabbing the same core cast, why not grab the original Miho.
Anyway, after a 9 year wait I feel like this could have been so much more. Or maybe the nostalgia has worn off. When you have been shot six times, sliced half in half and even your will to get up and pound some face in, is missing. Well then you know, it’s gone take a dame like that. You know…one of those dame’s you’d kill for. I give SIN CITY 2 a 5 out of 7. If you liked the original don’t expect that, but still worthy of your Frank Miller collection.
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