Starting with the story of Marv (Rourke, from the previous movie) who tries to piece together various events, Sin City's shadowy, gritty and bloody tales are graphically spread over a group of stories or chapters, told using the neo-noir aesthetic in an ultra-stylish, ultra-violent fashion.
Almost a decade has passed since the first Sin City but without missing a beat, ADTKF presents the same palette of light and shade, this time with a deeper darkness. The monologues mouthed through clenched teeth by tough men in a gravelly drawl, the deliberately cliched lines and characterizations are also present in this part-adaptation of Miller's second novel in the Sin City series. There's something similar to the first one, as well as something different this time around, again with strong cast.
Marv awakens dazed, next to a highway seemingly with a case of amnesia (again) and tries to piece together how he got there. The trail, of course, leads to various violent encounters. Johnny (Levitt) makes his debut in the series as a gent who is a card sharp and is also lucky with slot machines. With lady luck Marcie (Garner) by his side, he buys into a poker round with the Senator (Booth), but his good luck at the table though earns him a brutal beating.
Apart from the other 'chapters', the highlight of course is Eva Green's Ava Lord portrayed with strategically-placed splashes of colour. With a seeming dislike for clothing, she's also a temptress who knows how to use her barely-clad body with Dwight (Brolin) in this case, to get what she desires. And then, there's the stripper Nancy Callahan (Alba, also returning from the first film) who manages to mix sex, sleaze and pathos in an intoxicating cocktail.
Miller and Rodriguez do not seek narrative complexity, despite the large cast list, so don't look for linearity and strict structure in this movie. With its simple dialogues and also because it is in essence a gorgeous-looking tableaux, enjoy this slick slice of cinema more for its visuals rather than anything else.