Now before I get in the review of the movie I just want to say that this is a review coming from someone who has not read the graphic novels from which the film comes from. So if there are any die-hard fans of the novels reading this, please forgive me if make any mistakes in terms of characters or plot. Now that thats out of the way, let's get into this.
'[Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For](movie:1374)', is the second 'Sin City' film written by Frank Miller and directed by Robert Rodriguez. Much like the first film it tells the stories of various characters who find themselves tangled in the web of corruption and violence that is Basin City. With the same neo-noir look and feel with the sharp black and white picture and stylised violence from the original film, 'SIn City 2: A Dame To Kill For' looked to be a sequel that would actually work. Sequels, in most cases, are always seen to be second best compared to the original film when in theory they should be better than the first. Unfortunately, 'A Dame To Kill For' is one of those sequels.
The original 'Sin City' was a huge hit and was a great film because it did what all great films do. It brought something new and refreshing to see on the big screen. And it was not only the action that made the film great, it was the characters that inhabited 'Sin City' that did for they came with genuinely interesting stories to tell. This is the problem that came with the second film for there were hardly any characters that came with any interesting story to tell. The only returning characters to return is Marv (Mickey Rourke) and Nancy (Jessica Alba) and even then it seems as though they are simply shoehorned into the film so as to entice fans of the original.
The main problem with this film is that there was next to no character development. None of the different stories are ones that one can become invested in and even begin to draw yawns at points in the film. Its not to say that the performances were bad. Eva Green was especially good as the villainous Ava. Like I said before Marv was perhaps the coolest character in the film yet his own story was used up in the intro. However it does seem that when Rodriguez and Miller saw their new characters and lack of entertainment, they decided to chuck in Marv to add some cool to their otherwise boring chapters.
Overall, 'Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill' was a generally dull film with nothing much new to offer. It just goes to show that a winning formula the first time round won't necessarily repeat itself in the future. With characters that lack substance and a movie that simply seems to drag on, yet the action and look to keep you just interested, I give it 3 out of 5.