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The Spirit

2009-04-17 08:50
What’s it about:

Adapted from the legendary comic strip, The Spirit tells the tale of a former rookie cop Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) who returns mysteriously from the dead as The Spirit to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), has a different mission: he’s going to wipe out The Spirit’s beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality.

What we thought:

Honestly now, just because a movie script came from the same mind that conceived of the source material on which it is based doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. And that is the case when revered graphic novelist Frank Miller wrote the success known as Sin City and a rather bad attempt now known as The Spirit. The movie has that ‘Sin City’ look and feel but that’s as far as the similarities go.

You’ll find yourself asking “what possessed me to want to see this movie” or my personal favourite, as exclaimed by a movie-goer sitting close by, “Oh the torture!” I thought the days of excruciatingly bad films posing as stylish blockbusters were over, but Hollywood is always ready to prove me wrong on that score. With such a high profile cast with the likes of Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson you can’t but wonder what went wrong.

As if sitting through 102 minutes isn’t torturous enough, you realize that the movie drags to a point of no return; so it's quite blissful when it eventually ends. Each character tends to portray this comic book essence (and some don't do it as well as others) but it clearly deteriorates their star status. With the Octopus’ attempt to rule the world and create clones, the 'threat he poses is more of an irritation rather than genuinely frightening. Mendes plays the troubled soul and love interest of The Spirit while Johansson plays Octopus’ sidekick. Their performances are mundane, blah and not even worth commenting on.

If you really have to see The Spirit, I suggest you wait for it to hit the video store as its definitely not worth the ticket price or the anticipation.






A hero born, murdered, and born again returns to fight the bad forces in Central City.

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