There are some of the same characters from the first film and some new ones. There are 4 story lines. Some that happened before the first movie and some that happen after, so it’s a mixture of a prequel and a sequel. You really need to see the first one.
Marv the huge tough guy played by Mickey Rourke opens up the movie with a violent scene concerning out of town punks that need to be taught a lesson. Joseph Gordon Levitt lays Johnny, a gambler who never loses. That doesn’t work well for him when he beats Senator Roarke, played by Powers Boothe who hates to lose. Jessica Alba is back as Stripper Nancy and she is planning to get revenge on the Senator for the death of Hartigan played by Bruce Willis, that took place in the first movie. Josh Brolin’s character Dwight is under the spell of former love and femme fatale Ava, played by Eva Green. Green takes over this movie just like she did the 300 sequel.
The style is identical to the first movie, all black and white with splashes of color. It is very violent but manages to keep its R Rating by making that violence cartoonish and most of the blood fluorescent white. Ava Green spends the majority of the movie naked but it never seems gratuitous because that is when she is the most powerful and the most menacing. It allows her to be the most dangerous person in a film full of violence. Her green eyes and red lips against black and white make her the perfect femme fatale. By all counts this is her movie. It is hard to decide who is the vilest villan, her or Powers Boothe who has a history of being one of the best bad guys of all time.
It is a star studded cast including Rosario Dawson, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, and Lady Gaga, to name a few.
This is not a movie for everybody as the box office will show. It takes some getting used to. It is based on a graphic novel and it is shot to look like a graphic novel. You basically have live actors inside a cartoon. If you didn’t see the first one I recommend you try it on DVD first. If you did see the first one and liked it then there is no reason you won’t like this one. For those of you who would like to see Eva Green naked for the majority of a movie and still call it being artistic this is your movie.
Again if you didn’t see the first one watch the trailers closely so you know what to expect. Do not under any circumstances pay for the 3D ticket. I did and it is a total waste.
Based only on dark movies about graphic novels and nothing else, My Score: 5 Buds