The star-studded 2014 crime drama sequel "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," which Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray on November 18 2014, is an incredibly highly stylized film that combines the best elements of classic black and white noir films and the grotesque violence of a Quentin Tarantino film. This success is largely attributable to the dynamic film-making duo of Miller and Robert Rodriguez being at the helm.
This movie, which emits a strong vibe of a live-action graphic novels, opens with the same gritty and rough action that continues non-stop until the uber-Tarantino ending roughly 105 minutes later.
The following clip, courtesy of YouTube, of the trailer for "Dame" nicely conveys the sense described above.
The titular dame is Ava (played by Eva Green), who uses the remaining power that she holds over ex Dwight (played by Josh Brolin) to come to her rescue regarding alleged abuse that her wealthy husband is inflicting on her. This leads to a brutal raid and subsequent showdown that may or may not accurately reflect the title of the film.
Meanwhile, the charmed (and charming) Johnny (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) runs afoul of Senator Roarke (played by Powers Boothe) during a high-stakes poker game. A revealed history between the men and the multiple symbolic meanings regarding the outcome of the game trigger the amped-up violent fallout in this one.
This action centers around Marv (played by Mickey Rourke), who is a crusader for justice either at his own initiative or when called on to help bust heads or otherwise violently exact justice. His own adventures include pursuing college punks in the immediate wake of a heinous and heartless crime by them.
A broader (pun intended) and equally entertaining element of "Dame" is the common theme of the strong women, who are just as violent as the men in the film, who rule the seedy part of the titular burg. Whether standing by their man while brandishing an especially lethal firearm or enforcing a neighborhood ban on cops, these ladies show that they have no problem playing rough when the situation requires doing so.
This combination of unique pulp fiction, girl power, and creative cinematography make "Dame" one of the more memorable films of the year.
The special features include an all green screen version of the film, "making of" presentations, and character profiles.
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