If nothing else, Robert Rodriguez's Sin City (co-directed with Frank Miller and, briefly, Quentin Tarantino) will be remembered as the most faithful comic-book adaptation ever put on film. Rodriguez has digitally rebuilt Miller's gloomy creation, a dark city populated by corrupt cops, vigilante prostitutes, angelic strippers, moral murderers, and other shadowy figures. He had only to trim the fat off the raw meat and throw it on the grill, where an all-star cast (Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson, and on and on) could gnaw on the bones. Clearly, Rodriguez assumes Sin City to be his Pulp Fiction, but he's burdened with three novellas whose themes each go something like this: A flawed man with a horrible past puts himself through hell in order to rescue and/or avenge a saintly and/or sinful woman threatened by the well-connected underworld that runs Sin City. Then repeat. And repeat again. The story with Bruce Willis as the good cop with a bad ticker is the most resonant; the one with Mickey Rourke as the psycho killer out to avenge the death of a hooker, the most evocative.
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez
Producer: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan and Frank Miller
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Jamie King, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Nick Stahl and Rick Gomez