Movies: Miller's Double Crossing

Robert Rodriguez and a starry cast re-create Frank Miller's Sin City comics frame by noirish frame

No need for clocks, weathermen or juries in Basin City--Sin City to you. It's always night, always raining and every dispute is resolved personally, often by a bullet to the groin. Men are the walking wounded, with scarred faces and psyches. Women are trophies, to fight for, possess or smash. Noir doesn't get gnarlier than in the corpse operas of Frank Miller's graphic novels or Robert Rodriguez's ultra-vivid movie of three of them.

Inspired by the finest 1950s junk fiction--Mickey Spillane's gun-crazy P.I. Mike Hammer and Al Feldstein's EC SuspenStories comics--Miller tells tales of misfit heroes seeking redemption by rescuing damsels...

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