Murder, revenge, lust and rampage take over 'Sin City' sequel

Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:03pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Femmes fatales and brutish men form a complex web in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," as old and new faces from Frank Miller's noir graphic novels are brought to life in film.

"A Dame to Kill For," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, is both a prequel and a sequel to 2005's "Sin City," adapted by from Miller's gritty series of the same name.

The film, distributed by Weinstein Co, sees the return of characters such as the warrior Marv (Mickey Rourke), private investigator Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) and exotic dancer Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba), as they battle both their mental and physical demons in the corrupt, hedonistic Sin City.

Brolin plays a prequel version Dwight before the character undergoes major facial reconstruction, as seen in Clive Owen's portrayal in the first film.

"I like that (Dwight) is so multi-faceted," Brolin said. "The minute you make the decision that he is brutish and hypercool and exaggerated like a simian man, suddenly you see all the cracks and the weaknesses."

Dwight's weakness comes in the form of the seductive Ava Lord, played by Eva Green, who embodies all the characteristics of Miller's ultimate femme fatale - a green-eyed ruthless manipulator who uses her sexuality to get what she wants.

"We've all dreamt of being Ava Lord at some point; to have so much power and to just let it all out and use men and be nasty," said Green. "She's a fantasy."

"Sin City" came at the forefront of a new wave of comic book adaptations on the big screen, as DC and Marvel properties such as X-Men, Spider-Man, and Batman reboots dominated the box office in recent years.   Continued...

Mickey Rourke as Marv in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” REUTERS/THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY