My own 'Sin City'

Sin City‘Sin City’ was how I felt one-quarter of the way through this film. I hadn’t heard much about the film, other than watching a couple trailers. I had hoped it was going to be Kill Bill meets The Punisher (from the comic book, not the bad movie flop.) Instead, I was taken on a ride that easily lived up to the films name.

The movie takes place in a dark, rainy place called Sin City. The film is an adaptation from Frank Millers comic books (graphic novels is what they call them in the credits) and it follows three interconnecting stories. The list of stars is A list material with Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Benicio Del Toro and down from there to Mickey Rourke and others.

Cannibalism, decapitation, molestation, prostitution, murder, abuse, drunkenness, debauchery and just about every other sin you can think of was packed in this 124-minute wicked-fest. Now I understand this is what we should expect from a culture that has flipped God the middle finger, while we live in our sin-drenched lives where people no longer fear God. But even with that understanding, I have to confess there was a time I realized this film had gone too far and I needed to leave the theater. Well, I didn’t and at the end of the film I felt miserable.

Swirling in the graphic blood-soaked scenes was a moral message straight from hell. Good was bad, bad was good, justice was perverse, the Church corrupt (the local Cardinal sanctioned and participated in the kidnapping of prostitutes, next they are decapitated and then finally they eat their flesh), cops were on the bad guys payroll and the good guys were the murderers. This movie has so twisted the designs of God, I could only imagine the liberty it offers viewers who now have a new low of humanity to look at with pride and say, “Well I’m not as bad as…”

The primary motivation to write this review is to recommend that you not see this film. In our desire to be ‘culturally relevant’ often we do this knowing we enter into a world of sinners, but you don’t need to see this film to learn about the wicked world we live in.

  • Will

    April 18, 2005, 1:27 pm

    When I saw the first trailer for this movie ovr on, I was stoked. The aesthetics alone made me want to see this film, and so on its opening weekend, three of us went and did just that.

    I wholeheatedly agree with everything you said. I’m typically not one to shy away from violence and the like in films, as long as there is some point to it. However, about halfway through the film, I knew I made a mistake in going.

    I hold a rather subjective standard in the movies I watch and I like to draw some kind of commentary on life and the human condition when I watch them, but here I found little of any worth. The only think I can figure is that the debauchery and bleak outlook may be the very point: in a skewed and grossly inflated way, that is very well the way people view the world in these “pomo” times.

    Eh, I dunno. Sorry about the long comment – good post.

  • Bruce Chant

    April 18, 2005, 8:04 pm

    Appreciate the honest review Drew. Particularly as it is uncool in some circles to actually say ‘this is just sick’.

  • rico

    April 21, 2005, 7:00 am

    its coming from a comic book. the comic is even more violent. so with all due respect but. what do you aspect?
    The revieuw is kinda okey but please read all the fact before you say something like this.

  • rico

    April 21, 2005, 7:44 am

    The reason i am a little bit angry is because i’m working myself to be an animator / comicbook writer and I know that its all fantasy. And although i draw these types of characters also ,it doesn’t mean im a satanist or something. Im even the only one in the family who is christian. Its just a hobby or my work.

    Honestly, i was entertained by the movie, Not so much for the blood spectacles but more for special effects cause thats the thing what make movies work.. and they are well done.

    But i will agree on one thing. Sin city is godless.

  • Malorum

    June 4, 2005, 7:57 pm

    From a theological perspective,
    Sin city shows us the nature of a truly fallen world. It demonstrates the flawed tho geniune efforts at mans attempts to redeem himself, wether through misguided altruism, or eveen through ‘metaphysical’ experience.
    But perhaps most critically wether intended or not it highlights the evil of our enjoyment of the violent action flick. If you went to see this and were sickened. the perhaps as I you should have found yourself condemned.
    I love action movies,and revenge plots etc.(heck im a sinner) In real life things are much more like sin city. If you are saddened or sickened by the movie, then perhaps you should look around you, at me or even at yourselves.