With Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, Elijah Wood, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Nick Stahl, Rosario Dawson, Jesica Alba, Josh Hartnett
Directed by Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller, with Quentin Tarantino

What an incredible cinematic experience - ass-fuckin'-kickin'! Innovative filmmaker Rodriguez (who gave us classics like
El Mariachi and From Dusk Till Dawn) took Frank Miller's moody Sin City graphic novel stories and weaved it into the best-utilized High Definition video shot picture ever (besides Sky Captain). The black & white noir tone of the stories (with its cops and hoods, working folk, lowlifes and comic book villains), are brilliantly translated with the occasional splashes of colour (mainly red), and top use of shadows. The dark tales meander and meet up throughout, keeping you nailed to your seat through many incredible set pieces, action sequences and moody atmospheric moments with the little flickering flame of good, righteousness and justice scraping at the edge of Basin City's brutal darkness where even the good guys have a mean streak. Never a sliver of daylight, the pictures are perfect, the characters and the actors portraying them splendid, the style lavish and visually striking, and the predominantly digital surroundings working perfectly for a change as it replicates the two dimensional look of the black & white pages from which they're brought to life. Sin City is sheer cinematic class and easily one of the coolest films of the year, even though many viewers will find some scenes savagely intense. In stead of "special guest stars", the film features Quentin Tarantino as special guest director. Conventional this surely 'aint!

6 / A
- PB

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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