"Once you got everyone agreeing with
what they know in their hearts aint true,
you got em by the balls," says the evil
Senator Rourk (Powers Boothe) as he
taunts good cop Hartigan (Bruce Willis) in
Sin City, a collaboration between
comic book writer Frank Miller and
under-budget director Robert Rodriguez.
While the senators words reflect real life,
Sin City lives entirely in an unreal
world, where it takes 100 bullets to kill a
hero, and all the women are so beautiful
that they must, by law, walk around in
nothing more than fishnets and latex.
Sin City is based on Millers
graphic novel of the same name, which
filtered 50s film noir through the
exaggerated lens of the comic book,
ramping up the violence, sex and power
of the heroes. When Rodriguez and Miller
took the story to the big screen, they didnt
return it to cinema-size, but rather
captured perfectly (sometimes even
mimetically) the look of the comic. Its a
stylistic triumph, and, though the stories
are a bit simple, it also works as a
narrative. Its even occasionally moving.
Its also intensely offensive and brutally
violent, so dont take the kids or Michael
Powell to see it, but for those interested in
what can be done when cinema as art is
combined with the action film, its well
worth checking out.