Comic films are of course among the greatest successes of cinema today, which is mainly due to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2005 the film landscape looked different and that’s how it was stylistic shockwhen Robert Rodriguez released his Sin City adaptation.
Adapted from Frank Miller’s sinister comics, the film mixed a pitch-black film noir tone with images like flipping through a comic while watching. Tele 5 is broadcasting Sin City today at 10:15 p.m. (shortened).
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Sin City – Trailer (German)
Sin City has set new style standards for comic film adaptations
Sin City delves into the eponymous city, which is more like a dirty, constantly raining nightmare juggernaut. In the episodic plot structure is about the aging cop Hartigan (Bruce Willis), who wants to free the little girl Nancy from the clutches of a sex offender with an influential father. In another story, released inmate Marv (Mickey Rourke) seeks revenge for the death of a prostitute who fell victim to a ruthless serial killer (Elijah Wood).
All of Sin City’s stories are shaped by the bleak, bitter tone of the Frank Miller original, in which the city looks like a hellhole in deepest black and white appears, in which bright color accents only sometimes shine.
Robert Rodriguez turned the comics into a movie almost panel by panel, huh style-defining through the unique pictures for the genre and influenced subsequent films such as 300 or Zack Snyder’s DC blockbuster.
In addition, Sin City boasts an impressive cast, with stars such as Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen or Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood in perhaps his most disturbing role as psychopathic serial killer Kevin.
All these elements together with the uncompromising brutality result in a total work of art that Sin City deserves one of the best comic book movies ever power.
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