The movie that critics have claimed that has "half of Hollywood in it", Sin City has every vice you could hope to have in a movie. Based on the graphic novels by Frank Miller, this film makes no bones about its content. "Based on" is a misnomer. In fact, one could mistake the movie for the graphic novels themselves.
What exactly is a graphic novel? A graphic novel is similar to a comic the differences being that a comic is usually geared towards audiences of all ages whereas graphic novels are geared towards an adult audience. For example, the recent slated-to-be-blockbuster Constantine was loosely based on the graphic novel series by the same name. Why would someone possibly confuse Sin City the movie with Sin City the graphic novel? Because the movie is shot by shot straight out of the graphic novel. So much so, that a website that had a comparison of the book to shots in the movie had to take their comparison off line because in a mere ninety-six hours there had been over four gigabytes of bandwidth used to accommodate the users who were examining the stark comparisons.
Sin City encompasses four of the seven story lines that make up the series, one of which is a collection of short situations. It was from this collection that the project was born. Director Robert Rodriguez's vision for the project was to create a replica of the books on films. Writer Frank Miller had bad dealings with allowing his work to get translated to the silver screen and was therefore very skittish about anyone ever doing a film version. So Rodriguez shot a scene from The Customer is Always Right totally against green screen thereby necessitating that the sets be added in post-production. Showing this to Frank Miller, Rodriguez said, "If you like this, this will be the opening to the movie. If not, you'll have your own short film to show your friends." Miller was so impressed that he gave Rodriguez the go ahead. The footage was so stunning that while casting, Rodriguez would show it to the actors and each were in turn amazed at this new advance in filmmaking.
The visual style of this movie is that of the graphic novels: black and white with occasional splashes of color on select items. Of note, this film was groundbreaking for more than just fancy visuals; this was the first truly digital live action film. Unlike Sky Captain of the World, Sin City not only contained virtual sets but it was also shot on high definition digital cameras thereby pioneering a new kind of movie making.
Sin City is a film about perverted justice, meaning that there is no real "good guys." In a town where hookers administer their own justice, the police force is crocked, and the senator's son is a pedophile pervert that no one will put to justice, how can their be a "good guy"? This is a film about right and wrong alright, but it takes a look at the darker side of humanity. A word of caution to the weak of stomach or heart: this film has extreme graphic violence, nudity, drug content…all the vices you'd expect to see in a film named Sin City. In fact, Rodriguez was stunned that the film didn't garner an NC-17 rating. This is a film about doing the right thing even if it means your torture or your death.
"It's time to prove to your friends that you're worth a damn. Sometimes that means dying, sometimes it means killing a whole lot of people." "Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything."