It’s been 7 years since ‘Sin City.’ I had to look it up to be sure. I was ready to write almost 10 years. It’s felt really long. The film was a hit when released, grossing over $150 million, and still remains the most faithful adaptation going from page to screen. It put Frank Miller on the Hollywood map. It got ‘300’ made and allowed Frank Miller to try directing a version of Will Eisner’s ‘The Spirit.’
A sequel based around another Sin City book ‘A Dame to Kill For’ was announced to be in the works very soon afterwards. One of the biggest bits of news was the addition of Angelina Jolie as the titular Dame. Her busy schedule along with the now in demand Frank Miller and Mickey Rourke made the film one that seemed like it would never start filming.
This may be a case of a missed opportunity and a film coming completely too late.
The main problem is the plot itself. ‘Dame’ is a “prequel” (published first) to the story ‘Big Fat Kill’ which was the Clive Owen segment of the original film. The character Dwight is hiding out and at one point gets plastic surgery. His new face is the Clive Owen everyone may remember from the original film. Now will this be a twist or the most confusing plot point ever. Dwight deals with in ‘Dame’ that he does later in ‘Big Fat Kill’ like those played by Michael Clarke Duncan, Rosario Dawson, and Mickey Rourke. They even make mention in ‘Big Fat Kill’ to his new face so is this being treated as a twist impossible? Will people watch Clive Owen in a ton of make up? I really don’t see this working with a lot of people. I just don’t see it working.