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Sin City 2:
A Dame to Kill For (2014)
This sequel offers a congested spaghetti junction of interlocking stories. It boasts the same lush comic-book visuals, the same rasping gumshoe narration and many of the old familiar locals (Mickey Rourke's beat-up pug; Jessica Alba's gun-toting pole dancer). On the face of it, the landscape appears identical to Rodriguez and Miller's original 2005 picture.

Some fun is to be had amid the overheated twists and turns. Rodriguez and Miller trade in disreputable teenage kicks and they lay the style on with a trowel. The film is also played with the requisite gusto by Josh Brolin as a hapless private eye and Eva Green as his raven-haired femme fatale.

Cool as a cucumber, cocky young gambler Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) talks his way into a high-stakes poker game with corrupt senator Roark (Powers Boothe). He wins, but Roark isn’t going to let him get away with his money…if you clean out a corrupt politician in Sin City, you’ve got to keep an eyes open for pliers. And when those pliers come, Johnny vows vengeance.
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Then there’s Nancy (Jessica Alba), who’s biding her time as a stripper in a dive bar, where the honourable heavy Marv (Mickey Rourke) keeps a watchful eye over her. She’s waiting for the right moment to avenge the death of her mentor Hartigan (Bruce Willis), who – in the first film – killed himself to protect Nancy from Roark.

When Frank Miller’s Sin City graphic novels first made it to the big screen, nine years before, it was a visual treat, unlike anything cinema had seen. Familiar hard-boiled characters, in high-contrast black and white, with occasional bursts of colour – mostly red for blood. It was a breath of fresh air to fans of crime novels and comic books. The story-telling was basic, but the style that lifted it off the screen gave it a breezy freshness that made it a cinematic pleasure.

Returning to the same world, with many of the same characters, this time it’s a little less original. With an large number of muscle-bound hunks with impossibly gruff voices, an array of scantily-clad women, with weapons ranging from swords to smiles, it’s like an entertaining second vacation at the same package-holiday resort. If you enjoyed it last time, another visit will tick the same boxes, but don’t expect to see much that’s new.

As for the poker, its more Cincinnati Kid than Rounders but its not a serious movie anyway. Enjoyable with lots of violence.

CAST INCLUDES Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Stacy Keach, Jaime King, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Christopher Lloyd, Christopjher Meloni, Juno Temple, Julia Garner, Jude Ciccolella, Lady Gaga
Marks 7 : /10
Director Frank Miller Mickey Rourke Marv
Producer Sergei Bespalov et al Jessica Alba Nancy
Writing Frank Miller Josh Brolin Dwight
Cinematography Robert Rodriguez Joseph Gordon-Levitt Johnny
Cert./Runtime R/18 / 102 mins Bruce Willis Hartigan