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If there’s anything that could so succinctly describe what’s going on in the trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, it’s a couple lines uttered by two of the characters almost as a throwaway: “Looks like trouble.” “Looks like Christmas.” For those who were already fans of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s original offering, the return to the glossy black and white pages of the gritty world where the dead don’t stay buried and there’s a very fine line between good and bad will be a reason to celebrate. For others, it might take a little more than this trailer and a certain “controversial” poster featuring Eva Green to plant seats in the theater.

The sequel brings back many of the haggard, weary faces we grew accustomed to in the first film, like Powers Boothe‘s Senator Roarke, Mickey Rourke‘s Marv and Bruce Willis‘ Hartigan, now deceased and stuck still roaming the streets of his godforsaken town looking for something to do. Kind and sweet (but not so innocent) Nancy (Jessica Alba) is still in the mix, as is Rosario Dawson‘s tough as nails Gail. While last time out the film was set up almost in vignettes, showing each character’s arc separately while loosely connecting them to the main story, it looks like the sequel will have a more concrete plot; the gang from the first film will be joined by a new cast — Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Lady Gaga, Jeremy Piven, Dennis Haysbert and Eva Green (the dame they’re killing for) — to take down Senator Roarke once and for all.

Check out the new trailer below.

The trailer itself is striking; it’s everything you would imagine or expect from a sequel to the 2005 film. With a black and white canvas using bursts of color to highlight key elements of every scene — usually dames, in the case of Eva Green and Gordon-Levitt’s companion, but there’s explosions, too — it’s hard to peel your eyes away from the screen even if you’re just the least bit interested. You may have been expecting to go to the movies this summer wanting to see a comic book adaptation like Captain America: The Winter Soldier or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 or even Guardians of the Galaxy, but then this sucker snuck up on you.

Though it has boatloads of style, the trailer doesn’t quite deliver on substance. Hartigan’s dead, check. Nancy’s a badass now, check. Gordon-Levitt is continuing to assert himself as a tough guy, check. Life is still miserable and nobody’s ever thought to just leave town, check. Anything we’re missing?

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is in theaters August 22nd.

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