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Sin City translates the cool swagger and ultra-violence of Frank Millers graphic novels to the screen with amazing faithfulness Miller himself is co-director with Robert Rodriguez whos already established his knack for atmospheric filmmaking Appearing some 50 years after the heyday of film noir -- that dark 1940s and 50s genre that specialized in urban crime corruption and hopelessness -- Sin City is ultimate film noir The mood in the mostly black-and-white drama is grimmer than Baton Rouge after an LSU Tigers football loss Basin City aka Sin City is under the cruel heels of an unholy trinity of corruption The cops the clergy and a federal senator rule the town without mercy But theres still one good cop Bruce Willis in the ideal Willis role is the soft-hearted Hartigan Being such an anachronism its amazing that hes still on the force still alive Even though Hartigans on the verge of retirement and suffering from a bad heart he throws himself into one more dangerous mission Hartigan and his partner find the rapist-murderer whos abducted 11-year-old Nancy Despite his square jaw and iconic stance -- shown in dramatic comic-book style -- this cop is the humblest of heroes a principled everyman whod never let himself be called a hero Of course Hartigan also knows that good guys die in Sin City Using all of his remaining strength Hartigan rescues little Nancy but his subsequent pursuit of her would-be killer goes wrong You know who I am the young man shouts You know who my father is Hartigan doesnt care if the monster is a senators son but too bad for this good cop power turns wrong into right In the cleverly stylized Sin City the elegant silver tones of classic film noir meet the dramatic contrast of Millers graphic novels Many images appear as if they were plucked straight from the page Sin Citys storytelling is just as engaging as
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