* * * ½
(Graphic comic sequel)
Let me clarify my * * * ½ star rating: Only for fans of this genre.
Joyce wouldn't even go with me to see this innovative but ultra-violent movie. It's all in the technique, using graphic comic book characters, drawings and themes to tell a bunch of interrelated stories. Drawings intermingle with real life characters, as black and white scenes introduce specks of color. Blood is spattered across the screen in white splotches.
There's a narrator, creating a film noir atmosphere, abetted by corny, sharp dialogue.
The sequel is filled with returning stars and a bunch of new ones, some in short vignettes.
Mickey Rourke is the most interesting, a violent man who claims to have no values, but helps others defeat evil. You just can't help rooting for him.
Josh Brolin can't resist his old girlfriend (Eva Green), who is about as evil as they come.
Powers Boothe runs a close second as a gambling senator who thinks nothing of torturing or brutally killing his enemies.
Jospeh Gordon-Levitt is one of his enemies and what happens to him is about as sadistic as it gets.
Christopher Lloyd has a brief, hilariously gross scene as a drunken doctor who puts Levitt's character back together. Bruce Willis and Stacy Keach also play interesting characters.
The separate stories intermingle and come together for a powerhouse of an ending.
If you are easily grossed out, you might skip this one. Eyeballs popping out and faces being smashed to smithereens might not be your cup of tea. But if you want to see innovative filmmaking, great makeup and fascinating characters, this one has it all.
Rated a big R, with lots of violence, even though the blood is white. Throw in some sex and a lot of nudity and you have a very sinful "Sin City.”