ign4.jpg"I love hit men," says Marv, the pudding-hearted brute played by a prosthetically-enhanced Mickey Rourke in Frank Miller&Robert Rodriguez's Sin City. "No matter what you do to them, you don't feel bad."

That line - which illicited a weird, too-knowing chuckle from the audience I watched the film with - encapsulates the moral code of Sin City, a beyond-stylized, beyond-gruesome mess of cloudy intentions and out-of-control ambitions. The filmmakers (Miller first, and then Rodriguez after his model) have created a world in which every evil action has an even more-evil revenge reaction - and no one has to feel bad about any of it.