Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian character
Short Take: Violent pulp comic book film in which a parole officer is a lesbian. Also includes a Jessica Alba pole dance, warrior prostitutes and a ninja hooker.
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Year: 2005
Duration: 147 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Writer: Frank Miller
Starring: Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Cara D. Briggs, Jude Ciccolella, Jeffrey J. Dashnaw, Rosario Dawson, Jesse De Luna, Benicio Del Toro, Jason Douglas, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tommy Flanagan, Christina Frankenfield, Rick Gomez

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Sin CityBased on Frank Miller’s pulp comic books, Sin City brings together three loosely related stories, all with brutal violence, shot in black and white except for occasional bright colors in comic book style. It’s gritty, pulpy film noir and not for everyone, but it’s incredibly unique, with all-digital backgrounds.

The lesbian related story involves Marv (Mickey Rourke), a thug seeking vengeance for the death of a prostitute. For help, he arrives at the home of his parole officer Lucille (Carla Gugino, Jaded, She Creature), who sleeps in the nude. Her girlfriend is a psychiatrist, and Lucille gives Marv prescription drugs from their medicine cabinet.

When Lucille is kidnapped, we learn that it’s somehow connected to the same prostitute, since the killer (Elijah Wood, Lord of the Rings) saw her checking the woman out at a bar. This is the bar where we also get to see Jessica Alba (Dark Angel) do a pole dance. Most of this segment involves Marv’s quest to torture and kill the hooker’s murderers.

Other stories star Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Benicio Del Toro, Rosario Dawson, Brittany Murphy and many others. Warrior prostitutes and Miho the ninja hooker (Devon Aoki, D.E.B.S.) add interesting elements, but the overriding theme is kill or be killed throughout the film. It’s full of over the top, graphic violence, and Lucille’s screen time if very small. (AB)