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Sunday, June 1, 2008

SIN CITY (2003)

Because “graphic novels” are so much like movie storyboards, they should pop to life in any faithful adaptation, especially when the original author’s involved. But like a butterfly collector, in practice it pins down rather than unleashes. Here, the visual flair is initially such a kick, it takes a while for SIN CITY to reveal itself as an incoherent bore: Preservation = Death. Clive Owen manages to work up some energy in parodistic form, and there’s fun hearing scripter/megger/cutter/lenser/scorer Robert Rodriguez rag on Henry Mancini’s PETER GUNN theme. But the mayhem palls as the episodes roll on, while spotting well-known actors behind elaborate make-up, or guessing what color will next highlight the shiny B&W visual scheme, provides skimpy recompense.

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