The Spirit

The Spirit

The Spirit

Written and directed by Frank Miller, adapted from the famous comic strip by Will Eisner (who’s been labeled the "Orson Welles of comics"). Miller, in his first solo outing as writer/director, brings The Spirit to the screen in the same manner as his Sin City and 300 adaptations – using digital background technology to meld live action performances with graphical elements.

Packing drama, thrills and romance, this is the story of a former rookie cop who returns from the dead as The Spirit (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of the gothic Central City. His arch-enemy is the Octopus (Samuel L Jackson) who pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront... all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love, or kill our masked crusader. Scarlett Johansson’s the girl next door, Paz Vega’s the secretary vixen, Eva Mendes is Sand Saref – jewel thief and the love of Spirit’s life turned bad.

Miller describes the tale; “The character has a terrifying side to him. This is a man who’s died and came back to life. So it twists into fantasy. And of course there are tons of women in it. There have to be — it’s The Spirit. They’re all in love with him, and he’s in love with all of them. You might say he’s a bit of a slut.”

2009Rating: M, contains violence102 minsUSA
ActionAdventureComedyThriller
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

Without the voice-over, the film could have become the bad-taste hit of the summer. With it, the movie feels a little too cheap and in need of a few script re-writes.

3.0
0

I cant believe I paid money to see this movie.

I wanted this movie to be good. I really did. I was a huge fan of Sin City and Frank Miller in general, so I had high hopes. I even tried to ignore the critical slaughter this movie had been put through in the past few weeks. Five minutes in, I tuned to my friend next to me and said, "What the f*ck?" This movie is simply horrible. The acting is bad. The...

1.0
0

Spirit entirely devoid of soul

Never in my life have I been so completely mortified by the lack of interest in a film that I've walked out, but that's exactly what I did tonight. "The Spirit" is by far THE WORST movie I have ever seen. I actually realised this early on by trying to sit through the god awful dialogue as the Spirit and The Octupus fight each other in a pool of mud....

1.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Plunges into a watery grave early on and spends roughly the next 100 minutes gasping for air.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

What is most striking about The Spirit is how little pleasure it affords, in spite of its efforts to by sly, sexy, heartfelt and clever all at once.

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

Not charming, but not cynical, The Spirit is wholly unrecommendable, but made with greater care than many movies that are.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The worst superhero movie of the year ... well, so far.

1.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Miller's flat, humorless yarn is set in Central City, a vacant metropolis whose only residents seem to be cops and crooks.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It is truly a mess.

0
Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

Without the voice-over, the film could have become the bad-taste hit of the summer. With it, the movie feels a little too cheap and in need of a few script re-writes.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Plunges into a watery grave early on and spends roughly the next 100 minutes gasping for air.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

What is most striking about The Spirit is how little pleasure it affords, in spite of its efforts to by sly, sexy, heartfelt and clever all at once.

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

Not charming, but not cynical, The Spirit is wholly unrecommendable, but made with greater care than many movies that are.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The worst superhero movie of the year ... well, so far.

1.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Miller's flat, humorless yarn is set in Central City, a vacant metropolis whose only residents seem to be cops and crooks.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It is truly a mess.

0

I cant believe I paid money to see this movie.

I wanted this movie to be good. I really did. I was a huge fan of Sin City and Frank Miller in general, so I had high hopes. I even tried to ignore the critical slaughter this movie had been put through in the past few weeks. Five minutes in, I tuned to my friend next to me and said, "What the f*ck?" This movie is simply horrible. The acting is bad. The...

1.0
0

Spirit entirely devoid of soul

Never in my life have I been so completely mortified by the lack of interest in a film that I've walked out, but that's exactly what I did tonight. "The Spirit" is by far THE WORST movie I have ever seen. I actually realised this early on by trying to sit through the god awful dialogue as the Spirit and The Octupus fight each other in a pool of mud....

1.0
0