The First Sin City 2 Trailer Solves Hollywood's Aging Problem

The First Sin City 2 Trailer Solves Hollywood's Aging Problem

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For presents the stars of 2005's Sin City like you've never seen them. Never seen them age, we mean.

The thing that makes a comic book superior to film is that in comics, the characters can be as young or as old as the writer requires. This means you can generally stick them into a nebulous somewhere-between-25-and-40 zone for decades, thus saving the reader from ever having to (UGH) confront the horrible ravages of age in any substantial way. Sadly, film has no such luck, as actors continue insist on growing older despite years of negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the studios. The nerve!

But friends, that problem appears to be coming to an end, as special effects techniques have finally achieved what decades of science and billions worth of special effects never could: hand the aging process its ass. Behold, the first trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, in which Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Powers Booth reprise the roles they played in 2005's Sin City for stories set before or concurrently with the earlier film despite it being nearly 10 years since their first go-round.

OK, kidding aside I'm looking forward to this movie, but I admit I my spider sense is tingling wildly. I love the 2005 film. Robert Rodriguez seemed to get how the comic's general aesthetic would translate perfectly to the screen, and his movie managed to bring out performances from Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke that I thought the two might never deliver again. (Willis hasn't since, though Rourke keeps flirting with a return to greatness.) This despite the fact that the comic is absolutely terrible. Miller's art was never particularly good (yeah, I said it), the political themes are frankly childish, and its gender politics are, to put it mildly, really awkward.

But honestly, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For really should have come out two or three years after the original Sin City. Instead, it's been nearly a decade, and a decade that hasn't really been kind to Rodriguez or Frank Miller. Rodriguez' Machete films are a laugh riot, but they're narrative nonsense, essentially scenes of incredible ass-kicking by Danny Trejo patched together into a barely serviceable plot. And they're probably the best thing he's done during the period. Meanwhile, Frank Miller not only directed the execrable The Spirit, he also seriously went off the deep end and gave us Holy Terror and "I'm the Goddamned Batman."

Still, I'm interested to see how the duo tackles not only material from the comics that predates the events of the previous film - and thus uses the aforementioned eerily-younger old actors - but the all-new stories written for this one. Take the criminally underused Eva Green and a guaranteed over-stylized rated-R bloodbath into account and you at least guarantee I'll be in theaters day one.

But if it's a hit, please don't let Frank Miller behind the director's chair alone again.

What do you think? Looking forward to it, or dreading it? Sound off in comments.

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I'm squeeing so hard right now, I'm not even worried about all the fuckups from Miller and Rodrigez.

Ok, I'm a tad worried what with the whole Spy Kids nonsense, but still, I feel like it's incredibly unlikely that this will suck.

I was very late to the Sin City party, but once I saw it, it quickly became one of my favorite films. So for me, it hasn't been 10 years. That could be a contributing factor to why I'm not too worried.

Neat. Now let's see how they'll solve the continuity problems they created with the first film...

Continuity schmontiuity! This is movie magic. No one remembers anything before 6 months ago, right? SIGH. More seriously, I should say that I rather like the first Spy Kids a lot. There never should have been sequels, however.

If they'd got it done sooner, then half the cast wouldn't have either died (Michael Clarke Duncan, Brittany Murphy) or got pregnant and quit acting (Devon Aoki).

Goddamn it.

SC1 was actually brilliant, so I'm still looking forward to this, despite how badly they're going to have to recast it.

Usually these types of articles contain actual trailers. You forgot to put the trailer in, dude.

Shocksplicer:
Neat. Now let's see how they'll solve the continuity problems they created with the first film...

By having most of it take place before or during the events of the first film. Worked in the comics series, The Hard Goodbye was the first Sin City story and Marv was immediately back in A Dame To Kill For, which was the second.

Adam Jensen:
Usually these types of articles contain actual trailers. You forgot to put the trailer in, dude.

For once, this isn't my fault. Which is to say, it's there, and you should be able to see it aligned on the right side of the page. Just tested to make sure it's playing. Can you tell me if you've refreshed, or cleared cache or the usual browser stuff? And let me know if it doesn't show up.

PedroSteckecilo:

Shocksplicer:
Neat. Now let's see how they'll solve the continuity problems they created with the first film...

By having most of it take place before or during the events of the first film. Worked in the comics series, The Hard Goodbye was the first Sin City story and Marv was immediately back in A Dame To Kill For, which was the second.

They shifted stuff around with the original continuity in the first movie. For this to make sense they'll have to shift even more.

Sir Thomas Sean Connery:
Ok, I'm a tad worried what with the whole Spy Kids nonsense, but still, I feel like it's incredibly unlikely that this will suck.

Considering all of the Spy Kids movies except for one came out before Sin City, and this is still the guy who gave us great movies like From Dusk Till Dawn, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Faculty, and Planet Terror, I can't really hold the Spy Kids movies against him.

either its a totally different story that has no connection to the first movie or they all have been resurrected who died in the first one. looks nice. i think i will see it. loved the first one.

RossaLincoln:
Meanwhile, Frank Miller not only directed the execrable The Spirit, he also seriously went off the deep end and gave us Holy Terror and "I'm the Goddamned Batman."

Wow. Hard to believe the first movie was that long ago; the Goddamned Batman feels like something that's been around forever. Or at least for as long as I've been on the Internet.

Really worried about this one, what with it being stuck in development hell for the better part of a decade, the best comics getting used in the first one and talk of new material written exclusively for the film. That said, I adored the first one, and the idea of Sin City in 3D is enough to make me want to go out to cinemas for this, even if it's a turkey.

I loved the first one and since I can't remember a single detail about what happened in the movie, I'm sure I'll like this sequel. I'm also in love with Jessica Alba so that'll probably get me to go watch it in theatres.

The trailer to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For looks promising but its got a long way to convince fans of the first movie to see this long overdue sequel; myself included. Much bad press has to be overcome and that's mostly due to the cheese falling off Frank Miller's cracker and his body of work since then. Plus two cast members of the first one passed away (Britney Murphy and Michael Clarke Duncan) and others have been replaced (gonna miss Clive Owen) during the long wait for said sequel. I'm gonna approach this one with extreme caution. I just hope they keep any reporters far away from Frank Miller. He hasn't made himself a media darling after bashing the Occupy Wall Street movement many years back.

RossaLincoln:
Continuity schmontiuity! This is movie magic. No one remembers anything before 6 months ago, right?

"Sin City"? You mean the movie based on the series with those chicks? Oh wait... That was "Sex in the City"... I get those two mixed up all the time!

But seriously, I loved the first movie (despite barely remembering what happened in said movie story-wise while simultaneously remembering that I have yet to read the graphic novel), but considering this sequel is being done but two different extreme sides of the creative spectrum, I have high hopes this movie would be worth it in the long run...

Now, I wish I had Netfix so that I can have a future Rodriguez/Miller marathon planned out...

Metalrocks:
either its a totally different story that has no connection to the first movie or they all have been resurrected who died in the first one. looks nice. i think i will see it. loved the first one.

Or, as per the comics, this takes place before the plot of the original movie.

I don't see anything to dread. It's not so imitable that everyone is going to be ripping it off if it does well; Frank Miller already did the cinematic world a favor by making it clear that he couldn't even rip it off in any way that was worth watching. It's not a model that others are likely to follow to the general detriment of movie-going. Either we get a good movie out of it, or it's forgotten. At worst, you're out $8-10 bucks.

Don't go into anything with roots in noir expecting anything that conforms to "enlightened" gender politics, though.

Callate:
I don't see anything to dread. It's not so imitable that everyone is going to be ripping it off if it does well; Frank Miller already did the cinematic world a favor by making it clear that he couldn't even rip it off in any way that was worth watching. It's not a model that others are likely to follow to the general detriment of movie-going. Either we get a good movie out of it, or it's forgotten. At worst, you're out $8-10 bucks.

Don't go into anything with roots in noir expecting anything that conforms to "enlightened" gender politics, though.

One of the standout scenes involved Jessica Alba sliding across a stripper dance floor. Feminist this movie isn't, except the parts with Miho dismembering her customers. Those are completely empowering. (sarcasm if you can't tell). There are artists that simply can't accept any worthwhile adaptation of their works. Alan Moore is one for sure, and I guess Frank Miller is another. The movie will never match what's happening in their own heads, and the fact they can't accept that is sad because some awesome flicks have resulted from what they've put to paper. This looks like another keeper to me so I'll be looking forward to spending my $9.00 on a ticket.

RossaLincoln:

Adam Jensen:
Usually these types of articles contain actual trailers. You forgot to put the trailer in, dude.

For once, this isn't my fault. Which is to say, it's there, and you should be able to see it aligned on the right side of the page. Just tested to make sure it's playing. Can you tell me if you've refreshed, or cleared cache or the usual browser stuff? And let me know if it doesn't show up.

It works now all of a sudden. My bad, sorry.

Sin City was kinda...okay.
This looks less interesting.

"This despite the fact that the comic is absolutely terrible. Miller's art was never particularly good (yeah, I said it), the political themes are frankly childish, and its gender politics are, to put it mildly, really awkward."

I hate it when people state their opinion as an absolute FACT.

Mr. Q:
The trailer to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For looks promising but its got a long way to convince fans of the first movie to see this long overdue sequel; myself included. Much bad press has to be overcome and that's mostly due to the cheese falling off Frank Miller's cracker and his body of work since then. Plus two cast members of the first one passed away (Britney Murphy and Michael Clarke Duncan) and others have been replaced (gonna miss Clive Owen) during the long wait for said sequel. I'm gonna approach this one with extreme caution. I just hope they keep any reporters far away from Frank Miller. He hasn't made himself a media darling after bashing the Occupy Wall Street movement many years back.

There is no bad press to overcome because nobody gives a shit about it and those who do are not important. They are such a small minority they wont make any difference when it comes to the success or failure of this movie.

 

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