Film noir to the tenth power: That's 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.'
Let's be frank here: This is not a movie for everyone. In typical Frank Miller fashion, the story features a lot of gore interspersed with a lot of sex all brought to life under the skillful - if bloody - hands of Robert Rodriguez.
But if you're a fan of Miller's graphic novels, beautiful women in various stages of undress, tough guys who know how to take a punch, and over-the-top dialogue then you're going to love this movie.
'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' picks up the story started in the original 'Sin City.' Jessica Alba is back to recreate her role as the extremely sexy Nancy Callahan; Mickey Rourke returns as Marv, the human wrecking ball; and Bruce Willis returns as the ghost of Lt. John Hartigan, Nancy's protector and the object of her affection. This second installment in the life and times of the denizens of 'Sin City' also introduces Eva Green as Ava Lord, a scheming and super-sexy woman with an agenda, and gives Joseph Gordon-Levitt a chance to play a cocky young gambler with a talent for winning and a secret. Rosario Dawson, as the leader of a tough female street gang, and Jamie Chung, as her deadliest sister-in-arms, are back as well, dealing sex and death with the skill of a Las Vegas card shark.
As in the original 'Sin City,' there are multiple story lines at play in 'A Dame to Kill For.' Josh Brolin, as Dwight McCarthy, finds himself back in the arms of onetime love Ava Lord; Marv has taken over Hartigan's role as Nancy's protector; Gordon-Levitt is trying to humiliate Sen. Roark at the poker table and Nancy wants to kill the Senator because she blames him for Hartigan's death.
Miller and Rodriguez take these twisted plot lines and smooth them out so that the movie flows seamlessly from one violent encounter to another.
'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' is great cinema and if unclothed women and violence don't disturb your sensibilities, I'm betting you'll enjoy it as much as I did.