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Parker falls under the influence of his dark side

  • May 15, 2009
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The third and final installment (allegedly) of the Spiderman movies is all set to tie up all those little loose ends - Peter Parker is finally secure in his role of Spiderman and seeks Mary Jane Watson's hand in marriage ... but, happy endings are only for fairy tales, right? In this installment we are introduced to two newcomers: 1st we meet Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church) who, after escaping from prison stumbles into a particle accelerator and is transformed in to the mighty Sandman. The 2nd new face to this line up is Eddie Brock (Topher Grace) who is in competition with Parker at the Daily Bugle ... more on him later.

The movie starts with a small meteorite crashing in a park where Parker and Mary Jane are on a date and an alien symbiote attaches itself to Parker's moped. Next Enter Sandman Metallica ;-) I mean Flint Marko, who becomes Sandman. Our next scene is of Harry Osborn who is seeking justice for his father's death and attacks our friendly neighborhood wall crawler. Goblin Jr loses and enters a state of amnesia making him forget all about Spidey. After a short celebration we learn that Flint Marko was really the culprit responsible for Uncle Ben's death. Well, Spidey waits by the radio and discovers where the Sandman will strike next.

This is the perfect opportunity to try out that fancy new black costume, don't you think? Well, Parker does and learns that all his Spidey powers are enhanced ... but this also triggers a more violent and spiteful change which results in the near death of Sandman. Mary Jane notices these changes as well, and seeks comfort in the friendly arms of Harry Osborn. Now fully recovered from his memory lose, Osborn uses Mary Jane as bait to get revenge on Spidey - this back fires, though, and leaves Osborn horribly disfigured. Now enters Eddie Brock, who used a false picture of Spidey to advance his career at the Bugle. Parker finds out and humiliates Brock to the point where Brock loses his job.

Parker finally realizes the dark tendencies this new suit offers and disposes of it. At the same time Eddie Brock has learned the errors of his ways and sets out for redemption. Oh, if it were only that simple. I'll leave it there, but this is a fair attempt to recreate the best issues in Spidey's past (The McFarlane series)

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May 20, 2009
Those are the same reasons I disliked FF2: Rise of the Silver Surfer. When did Doctor Doom become such a tough guy?
 
May 19, 2009
I agree with Queenbflix comments below. I am a big Spiderman fan with every issue of Amazing Spiderman from #4 - 250. I loved the first two movies and got a headache trying to watch this mishmash of a film. The Eddie Brock character was too cartoonish. Also, Harry became too accomplished as the Goblin too fast. I remember in the comics that he was a lot easier to defeat than his father, the only problem being that Spidey had to hold back so as not to hurt his friend.
 
May 18, 2009
I worried from the time I heard how many characters and themes were involved in this film until I sat down in my theater seat. And when I saw that Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan were the only writers involved my heart sank because I knew that only extremely talented writers could handle what they had bitten off, and writing had always been their weak point. It was a disappointing film to say the least and its flaws were made even more obvious by the brilliance of its predecessor. It was just a bloated mess. The evil Spidey came out looking and acting more like Sam's brother Ted in an episode of XENA. The good (or Bad) news is that Sam has signed on for at least one more Spiderman movie.
 
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review by . March 16, 2011
I know that Spiderman 3 is weaker than the first two and is the worst in the series. However, I think that it doesn't deserve to be hated as much as it is by people. There are a great deal of goofy moments, but there are goofy moments in all the other spiderman films too. They also squeezed three villains into one movie and that was a very bad idea, but we'll talk about that later. However, for all the bad stuff, there is some very good stuff that makes this an entertaining and worth-watching …
review by . August 14, 2009
Spider-Man... the films more or less made Comic Book movies more popular.  At least for the new era.  It sort of changed the way we look at hero films and what they can do.  Spider Man 2 was far better than the first by showing the struggles of Peter Parker being Spider Man.  While films like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight put Spider-Man to shame in the character development arena, it was still refreshing to see a Super Hero movie that went a little beyond some of the campiness …
Quick Tip by . September 07, 2010
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This movie is such a step backward from the first sequel. Too many characters and too much forced devices make this movie an unfocused farce. Sam Raimi deserves to be fired after this melee, how can you allow the Hobgoblin look like a snowboarder....Gwen Stacy's intoduction was unnecessary and the Butler did it! (yeh, he decides to say something after Harry's face gets all messed up. This is such bad storytelling and Raimi at his worst. and Hollywood is already remaking this fallen …
Quick Tip by . August 30, 2010
A movie that gets so much bad press it's unbeliveable when it's NOT a bad movie. Yeah Venom could have been left out and NOT played by Topher Grace but aside from that, it's not bad.
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
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Daughter loved this movie she watches it over and over again and I always see something that is new to me!
Quick Tip by . August 05, 2010
A nice if a little cluttered finale to the Spiderman tilogy with Spiderman fighting off 3 villains while finally getting national acceptance. Not as bad as you've heard.
Quick Tip by . August 10, 2010
I tried to watch this movie again last weekend and I actually got angry and turned it off. How could they take something as cool as Spiderman and make it so lame? And even though it wasn't a critical plot point, why was J. Jonah Jameson's desk hooked up to some ridiculous over-exaggerated buzzer? There was too much cheeze I couldn't make it to the great action scenes.
review by . November 09, 2009
A failure for the series, but good fun none the less..
While Spider-Man  and Spider-man 2 set the bar higher for excellence in  comic book adaptions, Spider-Man 3 the latest installment in the hugely popular  series is a massive step down from those two. It has far too many plot lines and too many villains and that just makes it a crowed  mess. While it does  boast some  really dazzling action sequences and  some cool fights  in the film, it still can't be saved or salvaged from  the  over use of everything   …
review by . September 09, 2009
Being an enormous fan of Spiderman and greatly enjoying the first two films, I looked forward in anticipation to this film. I was greatly disappointed. There was just too much going on in this film. Where Doc Ock and the Green Goblin were fascinating villains with powerful performances in the other films, the Sandman was a very dry character and Venom was comical like Danny Devito's Penguin in the Batman movie. Additionally, Peter Parker's romance with Mary Jane was all over the place and never …
review by . April 29, 2009
Being an enormous fan of Spiderman and greatly enjoying the first two films, I looked forward in anticipation to this film. I was greatly disappointed. There was just too much going on in this film. Where Doc Ock and the Green Goblin were fascinating villains with powerful performances in the other films, the Sandman was a very dry character and Venom was comical like Danny Devito's Penguin in the Batman movie. Additionally, Peter Parker's romance with Mary Jane was all over the place and never …
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Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 superhero film written and directed by Sam Raimi, with a screenplay by Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. It is the third film in the Spider-Man film franchise based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The film begins with Peter Parker basking in his success as Spider-Man, while Mary Jane Watson continues her Broadway career. Harry Osborn still seeks vengeance for his father's death, and an escaped convict, Flint Marko, falls into a particle accelerator and is transformed into a shape-shifting sand manipulator. An extraterrestrial symbiote crashes to Earth and bonds with Peter, influencing his behavior for the worse. When Parker abandons the symbiote, it finds refuge in Eddie Brock, Jr., a rival photographer, causing Peter to face his greatest challenge.

Spider-Man 3 was commercially released in multiple countries on May 1, 2007, and released in the United States in both conventional and IMAX theaters on May 4, 2007, by Columbia Pictures. Although the film received generally mixed reviews from critics, in contrast to the previous two films' highly positive reviews, it stands as the most successful film in the series worldwide, Marvel's most successful film, as well as the second highest-grossing superhero film behind 2008's The Dark Knight.

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