Unlike “Machete Kills”, the sequel no one asked for and that Robert Rodriguez probably shot and edited in a couple of months, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, the sequel everybody lusted after since the original landed in theaters, took almost ten frigging years to be completed.
Now, it’s apparently done (hopefully, for real this time), and ready to break cover. The only problem? Need I spell it out for you? It’s been nine years! All the pre and post-production woes are unsettling as well, plus the cast changes, and, last but not least, Robert Rodriguez’s recent work.
Sure, he’s got Frank Miller on his side, yet how can we trust a man seriously considering “Machete Kills Again… In Space!” (honest to God, that’s the working title of the in-development threequel)? Also, between “Sin City” and “Sin City 2”, he rolled out “Shorts” (look it up, it’s hilarious, and not in a good way), and “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D” (yes, really).
Adding fuel to the doubt fire, the first trailer is here, clocking in at 80 seconds brimming with… disappointment. The vibe is fitting, the neo-noir style, ambience and all, but something isn’t working. Not yet, as right now, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” looks more like a remake than an actual follow-up.
With Josh Brolin tackling Clive Owen’s old role, Eva Green as the “dame to kill for” (meh), a lot of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (too much?), and far too little Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Ray Liotta or Juno Temple. Also, no Michael Madsen or Benicio Del Toro.