Next month's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is a long overdue sequel to 2005's stylistically groundbreaking comic book adaption "Sin City" (the comic book creator, Frank Miller, ended up co-directing the film with Robert Rodriguez, as he does again here). The first film was bold and provocative, plunging you neck-deep into the seedy world of cops, criminals, dangerous women, and straight-up psychopaths, but in a way that was dizzy and fun, rendered in starkly black-and-white comic book compositions. It was film noir writ large. And "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" looks bigger, bloodier, and even more brutalizing, if this new clip is any indication.
The brief clip (running a little over a half-a-minute) is centered around Jessica Alba's character Nancy, who appeared in the first film both in flashback (when she was terrorized by a character called The Yellow Bastard) and in present day (where she has a somewhat more exotic line of work). This appears in a section of the movie called "The Fat Loss," which is original to the film and never appeared in the comic books. It opens with a shot of Senator Roark (Powers Boothe, back for more), an evil politician, laughing from a newspaper clipping like something out of "Harry Potter."
Alba looks in the mirror and growls, "Maybe I'll prove both of you wrong." Bruce Willis, playing the ghost of John Hartigan, the cop who saved Nancy on more than one occasion, looking on. She then starts to snip her hair, uttering lines so cartoonishly hardboiled that they could only come from Frank Miller's pockmarked imagination. She is then back in the bar, with a new, super goth haircut, her face covered in stylized cuts. It even freaks out hulking brute Marv (Mickey Rourke, back for more). So yes, revenge is afoot!
"Sin City: A Dame to Kill" for, which also stars Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Eva Green (as the titular dame), Stacy Keach, Lady Gaga, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Juno Temple and Jeremy Piven, will be out on August 22.