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The Spirit (2008)

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Above shadowy, crime-infested streets a masked avenger watches. Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) was one of Central City’s finest cops until a gangster’s bullet ended his life. Now Fate has brought him back from the beyond as The Spirit, a street-hardened … see full wiki

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Could have been better

  • May 8, 2009
The Spirit is another comic-book turned movie by Frank Miller. Using the same style as Sin City, this one focuses on 3 characters; one good, one bad and on one the fence, who deal with each other in a place known as Central City. Eva Mendes and Samuel Jackson play Sand Saref and the Octopus, two individuals chasing after mythical treasure. The Spirit is a dead cop come back from the dead who fights crime in the city, and ends up caught between the Octopus and Sand Saref.

The movie came out amid a long and widespread ad campaign, and quickly bombed at the box office and among the critics. I will try to elucidate the reasons why. First, it tries to appeal to different audiences, but does not quite succeed. Though having a film noir style like from the 1940's, the storyline borders on sci-fi fantasy. Second, there are lots of action scenes using guns, knives and even toilet bowls; but there is really neither OW or WOW in any of them. Characters looked stunned when they should be in immmense pain, and the color schemes makes the blood look all false. Third, the ads for the movie heavily emphasized the numerous gorgeous babes starring in it. However, only one, Eva Mendes, shows any skin. Jaime King, who plays lady death, could have been presented as a nude spirit waiting in the afterlife; instead we only see her face and upper torso wrapped in blueish-white scarves floating across the screen. Another letdown was in Scarlett Johannson. She basically played a nerd in this movie. The movie makers would have done better having her play the nurse, and putting the older Sarah Paulson as Dr. Octopus's assistant. Probably the worst acting was in Samuel Jackson's character. For a man who is famous for his roles playing bad asses (Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Snakes on a Plane, etc...), this was his cheesiest role ever. And to conclude, the biggest letdown of the movie was in the dialogue. For a movie set in an imaginery time in an imaginery city, the dialogue sounded like any other action movie; plain filler between the gunfights. This is unfortunate as comic-book movies set in imaginary locales offer wonderful opportunities for great, original dialogue.

So overall, this movie is a bust. The only thing worth watching about it is a 1-second shot of Eva Mendes nude figure.

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