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Films to See Before You Die: #44 Sin City


Sin City (2005)

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Benicio Del Toro, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson, Nick Stahl

Synopsis: In the darkest bowels of Basin City, the tough as nails Marv (Mickey Rourke), makes love to a woman named Goldie. When he wakes up she was murdered while they were sleeping and someone has called the cops blaming it on Marv. Now Marv needs answers and he’ll kill anyone to get to the truth because he owes it to Goldie. Finally his questioning leads him to a farm owned by the extremely influential Cardinal Roark, where he finds Kevin (Elijah Wood), the man responsible for the death of Goldie and six other women. After Marv finds out the truth behind it all and that the Cardinal is in on it too the hell he sends them to will seem like heaven after what he has done to them. In another part of town Dwight McCarthy (Clive Owen), has slept with an old flame Shelley, who has since been involved with the abusive Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). When Jackie Boy interrupts them and forces his way into her apartment with his gang of men he accuses Shelley of seeing another man and then hits her. While in the bathroom Dwight threatens to kill him if he ever touches Shelley again and dunks his head in the toilet. Jackie Boy leaves in a rage and heads to Old Town where the women are law and if you cross them you end up dead. Dwight follows him to Old Town where Gail (Rosario Dawson), has set a trap for Jackie Boy and his men. After killing them they realize that he is cop and they rush to get rid of his body before the Mob finds out and things go back to the way they were before. Honest cop John Hartigan (Bruce Willis), is hot on the trail of Senator Roark’s son Junior (Nick Stahl), who has been killing young girls and getting away with it because of his fathers influence. When he finds Junior with young Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba), he is able to stop him from killing her and he relieves him of both his weapons. Stopping the Senator’s son doesn’t come without a price as Hartigan is kept alive to suffer and be blamed for Junior’s crimes. He receives a letter each week from Nancy, who signs them as Cordelia and this continues for 8 long years until he stops receiving letters which he believes is just her losing interest in keeping in touch. This is until he wakes up one morning to a smelly yellow man who nearly knocks his head off when he awakens there is an envelope from Nancy with blood on it and a finger inside. Desperate Hartigan signs a confession to get out of jail and save Nancy from that Yellow Bastard.

Trivia: While the three stories in the film are based on “The Hard Goodbye,” “The Big Fat Kill” and “That Yellow Bastard” as well as the short “The Customer is Always Right” there is a very brief scene taken from the story “A Dame to Kill For,” in which Dwight (Clive Owen) thinks in a voice over in Kadie’s Bar how Marv “would have been okay if he’d been born a couple of thousand years ago.”  Because of the way the movie was shot, Mickey Rourke (Marv) and Elijah Wood (Kevin) never met until after the film was released. Although several of the actors already looked similar to their characters, some of them underwent make-up and prosthetics to more strongly resemble their Frank Miller-drawn likenesses, including Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Benicio Del Toro, and Nick Stahl.

Why I think you should see this: This film blew me away when I first saw it in the theaters 300 looks great but Sin City is a whole other entity unto itself. This film has an all-star cast but the movie really belongs to Mickey Rourke who gives in the performance of a lifetime as Marv. I am not the biggest fan of Robert Rodriguez but every once in a while he releases a gem and this is his crowning achievement. It amazes me they are able to fit so much content into a 2 hour film. This is a must see in my opinion check it out.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

6 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #44 Sin City

  1. Totally LOVED “SIN CITY” Fo SHO, Sir!

  2. jmount43 ⋅

    One of the best, if not the best adaptations of any graphic novel. Sin City is a fucking masterpiece!

  3. Millie Ho

    Sin City is my favorite film: dark, evocative, quirky and endlessly entertaining.

  4. I own this movie on DVD and really need to watch it again. It’s certainly different from your typical action film. Kim*

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