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...and so with this dud, my epic summer of movie failure comes to an end. There was almost nothing that I liked, and having avoided all previews I was looking forward to SC2 since I looooooved the first one (most of it anyway).
One of the biggest problems with the sequel is that it took far too long to come out. What has it been, ten years already? That probably contributed to the problem of so many characters being recast.
I think I saw at least four new faces in returning roles, each of which taking away from my attempt to enjoy the film. I think I recall how Dwight had face surgery in the original film, but it wasn't clearly addressed in this one as Josh Brolin takes over the role.
Also, the different stories didn't elevate to some other-wordly coolness like the first one (mostly) did. The anchor of SC1 was definitely The Long Goodbye, headed by Mickey Rourke's Marv character. But his presence in this one makes no sense because of how the last movie episode ended. The time he does have on the film is not as captivating because he is now a sidekick in that particular tale... it's like having the Man With No Name pop his head in for a few scenes of some other cowboy's movie in that you don't get the same powerful effect that he originally had. That entire sequence with Alba was mostly flat without much that was interesting to watch. More effort went into her pole dancing performance than that entire tale.
I liked the story of Johnny the over-confident gambler. It fits the off-center noir theme and is played well by the characters that perform it. The main plot involving the new Eva Green character wasn't too bad, but there was not enough there to save the film as a whole. With that said, SC2 was better than the 300 sequel that came out earlier this year, which was another movie sequel that burned me after my love of the first entry.
I give Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For a 5 out of 10 rating.
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