Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Out 3 June/Sin City


The much anticipated screen version of Frank Miller’s noir comic Sin City opens today. The credentials of the film are good. Robert Rodriguez directs and Quentin Tarantino’s guest-directs one sequence. The cast includes Brittany Murphy, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, the prosthetically-altered Mickey Rourke and even a cameo by Miller himself. So is it Pulp Fiction for the new millennium? It certainly looks good, slick and extremely violent which may put quite a few people off. But in the end, Sin City does not transcend the fact that it is just hyperstylised fantasy with no human interest in it, except to satisfy a very male desire for hard-edged masculinity. A cartoon with human actors trying not to look human. Pointlessly fun.

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