-- Romans 6:23
The prologue and epilogue follow Josh Hartnett as an efficient hitman, but the movie really starts with Bruce Willis as John Hartigan, a straight-arrow cop who's the clichéd "3 days away from retirement", is trying to stop a serial child molester / murderer whose powerful family protects him from repercussions. Next up is Mickey Rourke as Marv, a multiple-conviction felon who's out to avenge the murder of a one-night stand and will kill anyone who gets in his way. Lastly is Clive Owen as Dwight, a wanted fugitive whose white knight antics might have finally caught up with him. I'm leaving the storylines intentionally vague as, like I said, storytelling is the only goal of Sin City, so the less suspense ruined, the better. Along the way we'll also run into Jessica Alba, Rosaria Dawson, Rutger Hauer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Elijah Wood and a host of others. Rodriguez is notoriously new-school when it comes to filmmaking, and several scenes were already shot using stand-ins when actors signed on for their parts. Rather than reshoot the scenes, Rodriguez just filmed the newly-signed actor and digitally added them in to the canned footage.