Trailer Tuesday - Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Mostly I'm profiling this trailer today as an excuse to post the below "controversial" poster, rejected just last week for being too racy by the self-regulating MPAA. Heh. I do loves me some Eva Green in full blown femme fatale mode.

Green is, out of interest, playing the title character in this sequel to the hit 2005 comic series adaptation - once again co-scripted and directed by Robert Rodriguez alongside the books' creator, Frank Miller.

Shot for 3D, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is, like its predecessor, a collection of crime noir tales set in highly corrupt, sordid and violent Basin City. Whereas the original film predominantly adapted Miller's The Big Fat Kill, That Yellow Bastard and The Hard Goodbye,  A Dame to Kill For is based on its namesake book, the Just Another Saturday Night one-shot (yay, more of Mickey Rourke's Marv!) and two new tales of ego, revenge and love in this bleak, typically Miller setting.

Along with Rourke, returning faces in the impressive ensemble cast of A Dame to Kill For - which covers events before, during and after the original film - include Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis  Clive Owen, Jaime King and Powers Boothe. Newcomers to the franchise are Green, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ray Liotta, Jamie Chung, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Juno Temple and Stacy Keach.

Of course I'm game for a return to Basin City. The only thing is that I can already predict critics' claims that the sequel is "more of the same" and "stale."

The original Sin City back in 2005 was one of the first comic book adaptations (well of the 21st century, anyway) to fully embrace the comic book aesthetic and go full-blown stylised with the aid of CGI. Since then there's been 300 and its sequel (both based on Frank Miller graphic novels), as well as Miller's own borderline Sin City-clone The Spirit, not to mention an assortment of non-comic adaptations that have gone the green-screened background route.Think Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and The Warrior's Way. The existence of all these films won't help Sin City 2 convey a sense of freshness.

Pushed back from October last year, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For releases in North America and South Africa on 22 August.


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