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The Spirit
The Spirit
Actors: Jaime King, Eva Mendes
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
PG-13     2009     1hr 43min

A former cop comes back from the dead as a mysterious hero known as the Spirit and protects his city from villains.

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Actors: Jaime King, Eva Mendes
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/14/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/25/2010...
horrible film. The largest problem I think is that it's a comic book based movie featuring a character who has been out of print for well over 50 years. Nobody knows who the Spirit is and after watching this terrible film nobody cares. This is the type of movie that is all style with no substance. Boring, pointless drivel that drags badly. None of the characters are at all interesting.
5 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jared G. from UNIONTOWN, PA
Reviewed on 2/25/2010...
Excellent movie with action and comedy!
1 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Harry E. (HHHarry) from BALTIMORE, MD
Reviewed on 2/18/2010...
Man was this film a disappointment.
I loved Sin City and since Frank Miller was involved in this one I thought it might be in the same class. Boy was I wrong.
The film is quite attractive, if a bit of a copycat of many of the styles used in Sin City. And the cast is gorgeous. Never have I seen a movie with so many beautiful women in it that was so boring and disheveled. The plot was....well, it was pretty much absent. The acting was awful, and since I know many in the cast are actually good actors, I have to blame Miller for this. Sam Jackson was even more over-the-top and scenery chewing than I had ever seen him before. It was like he was on crack cocaine for every scene. And the women were just wasted in the film, you might as well have used cardboard cutouts.
Frank Miller should stick to drawing his great graphic novels and stay away from behind the camera.
I need to watch Sin City again just to wash this one out of my system...
6 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jorge S. (jorgito2001) from WESLEY CHAPEL, FL
Reviewed on 2/5/2010...
Visually, this is just as beautiful to look at as Sin City, unfortunately, the script is SUPER weak, The Spirit himself is just a plain 'ol BORING character that gets his butt handed to him a few too many times for comfort. Eva Mendes is hot, but doesn't have that much to do & Sam Jackson really hams it up (as he's done in the past). I'd call this the 'Fantasia' of action/comic book movies...very little plot to follow, GREAT visuals though.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

This needed to be Will Eisner's version of "The Spirit" and
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 07/01/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

""The Spirit," created by Will Eisner in the 1940s, is one of the great "independent" comic book heroes, although technically he was from the funny pages rather than traditional comic books. Frank Miller is no less a towering talent in the field of comic books, and after the successful transition of his "Sin City" stories to the big screen, the idea of Miller writing and directing "The Spirit" had to seem like a good thing. Unfortunately, that turns out not to be the case, and more is the pity because the Spirit certainly deserves better. This has to qualify as one of the most disappointing comic book adaptations of all time and as soon as I say that I try to figure out what I would put at the top of that list, which is hard because it has to be one I don't own and I have to admit "The Spirit" is better than "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," "Supergirl," and "Steel." I also have to admit that I my affection for Lea Thompson and the title song she sings at the end means I am one of the few sentient beings who does not have "Howard the Duck" on their short list of horrible comic book movies and apparently everybody hates "Elektra" more than I did.

This is a movie where the characters matter more than the plot. On one side in Central City, we have the Spirit (Gabriel Macht), his cop friend, Detective Sussman (Dan Gerrity), Police Commissioner Dolan (Dan Lauria), and his daughter, Dr. Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), who also happens to be the Spirit's gal. On the other side we have the Spirit's arch-nemesis, the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), his accomplice Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), and his cloned henchmen, Ethos, Pathos and Logos (Louis Lombardi). In between is the beautiful and mysterious Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), who turns out to have her own connection to Denny Colt, the boy who grew up to become the Spirit. As for the plot, well, basically the Octopus is plotting to become a god and the Spirit tries to stop him, while dealing with a prospective love triangle.

"Sin City" had Marv, magnificently played by Mickey Rourke; "The Spirit" does not have any character like Marv, or, for that matter, like Hartigan or Dwight or Nancy or Kevin or basically anybody else you want to mention. This 2008 movie does have a pretty good cast, but the characters are closer to being one dimensional than three dimensional. Macht makes virtually no impression at all as the Spirit and the rest of the cast strive to be cartoonish, which means their talents are basically wasted. The characters that Eisner created simply have not been translated to the screen. To add insult to injury, this might be the worst movie Samuel L. Jackson has ever been in; you might have expected me to say "Deep Blue Sea," but that turkey at least had Jackson's outrageous death scene that had me burst out laughing at its sheer audacity. There is nothing in this movie to redeem it.

More importantly, Miller does "The Spirit" in the same cinematic style as "Sin City," which means that things are black and white whenever possible. Miller shot his movie on a soundstage in front of green screens with pretty much everything but actors and props generated by computers. But if Miller's "Sin City" is hard core film noir, "The Spirit" is decidedly soft core in comparison, so this approach ends up being inappropriate. This movie needed its own visual style, something more like Miller's "300" than "Sin City." At the very least, indulge in more splashes of color. The bottom line is that when this movie is over you have to think you have just seen Will Eisner's Spirit, and not a version by Frank Miller, or anybody else for that matter.