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Looming shadows fall starkly across rain-slick streets A door chain jiggles because a very bad man wants to come in and hurt someone Hookers pull guns from their garter belts Tough tough talk comes from bruised lips that dangle cigarettes and spit blood The villians are unspeakably evil The heroes are compromised and overmatched The city is filled with corruption but the country is even worse In Sin City two of todays greatest stylists join forces in an audacious synthesis of graphic novel and movie It has the logic of a nightmare It is movie-making pared down to the essentials Pauline Kael once saw on an Italian movie poster Kiss Kiss Bang Bang It is intentionally shocking when it confronts us with heart-stopping cruelty and violence And it is even more shocking when it finds a terrible beauty in ruination Robert Rodriguez Desperado Once Upon a Time in Mexico Spy Kids defied the rules of the Directors Guild to bring on as his co-director Frank Miller the writerartist who created the Sin City graphic novels The result is a faithful shot-for-shot rendition of each stunning panel Hard resolute voice-overs accompany stark inky images There are brief flashes and flutters of color -- red for brake-lights a heart-shaped bed a lightning-streaked sky a sleek getaway car and for blood Yellow for the golden curls of a dead hooker and the jaundiced skin of a cowardly villain whose toxic perversions have turned him the color of bile Three stories about heroes battling overwhelming odds circle around each other amplify each other and ultimately intersect Marv almost unrecognizable Mickey Rourke in a career-restoring performance is a gigantic brute of a man I love hitmen he says No matter what you do to them you dont feel bad After a beating he says My muscles make me a thousand promises of pain to come He has had one perfect night of love with
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