An adaptation of Frank Millers collection of dark stories, Sin City in many ways is a marvelous piece of art. The use of shadow and light are suddenly broken when splashes of brilliant colors draw attention and add intensity to an otherwise black-and-white film. This action thriller delves into the corruption and crime that infests a madly evil place called Basin City. John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) is a police officer who seeks to save an 11-year-old girl (Makenzie Vega) from being tortured, raped, killed and eaten by Junior Rafferty (Nick Stahl), a child predator whose goal in every offense is to make his prey scream. A brute of a man, named Marv (Mickey Rourke), seeks revenge for the murder of his girlfriend no matter what the cost. Others residents of Basin City are an exotic dancer (Jessica Alba), a creepy cannibal (Elijah Wood) and a misguided Catholic priest (Rutger Hauer). There is no relief from the evil, death or morbid depths of depravity in Sin City.
The characters in Sin City are not bound by universal laws but, in Wyle-E.-Coyote fashion, mostly live to tell about the immense cruelty and injury they live through. After being beaten to a pulp six or seven times, a person lives to fight another insane day. Another participates in 15 minutes of dialog after his head has been severed from his body, but hes finally silenced when a grenade is inserted in his mouth and his head explodes into pieces. Another man is dismembered and eaten by a wild dog but reappears to continue his sickening cannibalistic offenses. Many teenage boys are going to want to see this movie for all of the above reasons, but this movie is no video game. Because of the graphic portrayal of an environment where killing, prostitution, child molestation, murder and cannibalism are the norm, Preview must strongly urge everyone to say no to Sin City.
Many (59) times mild (hell 17, damn 15); moderate (b-stard 10); strong (-ss 3, -sshole 1, b-tch 4, wh-re 2, SOB 7)
Many (16) times moderate (cr-p 1, b-lls 1, n-ts 4); strong (s-word 4, d-ck 3, p-cker 2, b-ner 1)
Many (17) times moderate (OMG 1, G-sake 3); strong (GD 7, J 1, C 2, JC 2, C-sake 1)
Many times mild (girl tied up, hitting, shooting, breaking through glass windows, car crashes, police officer hit, man throws up,); moderate (several occasions of blood-covered faces, man hits another mans head through a window, man drowns another man in the toilet on two separate occasions, man is run through with a blade, man hit in the head with a rock, mans face is clawed, man gets hit in the head with a sledge hammer, many occurrences where men hit women, a man thats tied up is beaten, a priest is killed, man drags another mans face on the ground while the car is driving down a roadway, man hits another man in the face, man hits two other men with a piece of pipe, many scenes of people being shot repeatedly with guns, man hit in the crotch with an ax, man has his ear shot off, man shot in the crotch, man shot through arm and shoulder, man shot in the chest, fighting, man accused of a womans murder revenge for the death of the woman, man shoots another man in the head, martial arts is used in one scene, man beaten to a pulp by police using baseball bats, barrel of gun is lodged in mans skull); strong (man gouges out another mans eyes, talk about an evil man who rapes girls, discussion about child torment before they are killed, several decapitations, row of womens heads mounted on the wall reveal that a man eats the bodies of his victims and saves the heads, discussion about a man who made a woman watch as he ate the finger meat off of one of her hands, man has head split open with an ax, many instances where people are shot with arrows, throats cut in several instances, mans arms and legs are cut off while he is still alive and left for a bloodthirsty dog to come and eat the his torso, bodies dismembered several times, death by electrocution is used and blood comes out of mans mouth, man rips another mans genitals off)
Few times mild (kissing, woman lays with man on a jail cot implying activity); moderate (prostitutes mention that they service the towns priests); strong (sexual intercourse between man and woman)
Few times mild (women in stripper clothing, women in prostitute clothing, woman in lingerie, man wearing boxer shorts); moderate (cartoon nudity of a womans breasts and upper torso, womans breasts are shown several times during and after a sexual encounter, several occasions where women are without their tops, several times where womens buttocks are exposed, man is nude with his arms tied over his head no privates revealed)
Few times mild (a woman officer is described as a dyke)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog:
Several times mild (woman tells man that she wants him, man talks about wanting to reach over and taste a womans sweat, discussion about a girl still being a virgin); moderate (talk about a womans perfect breasts); strong (man says to a woman, Theres love stink all over you)
Several times mild (several instances of cigarette smoking, few instances of drinking of alcohol); moderate (several scenes in strip bars with scantily clad women serving alcohol)
A priest is drawn into sick cannibalistic experiences as a result of listening to an offenders confessions, a priest protects the cannibalistic man that preys on childhood flesh and justifies the act as bringing light from God into the cannibals life, a priest refers to this act as a gift given by God
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