Three hardboiled tales from Basin City, an American film noir community. Ex-con Marv (Rourke) avenges a murdered hooker, private eye Dwight (Owen) helps a red light district stay independent from the Mob and disgraced cop Hartigan (Willis) shields a dancer (Alba) from a psychotic sadist (Stahl).
Some women might deem this a two-star male fantasy of the sort they wish the men in their lives would grow out of. However, for the guys it’s Rodriguez’s best film by far and a treat for fans of good-looking girls in black-and-white, of classic film noir and of imaginative ultra-violence. It even has dinosaurs and a samurai chick…
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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