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Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: The Spirit

Jaime King …  Lorelei Rox
Gabriel Macht …  The Spirit / Denny Colt
Dan Gerrity …  Det. Sussman
Arthur the Cat …  Himself
Kimberly Cox …  Damsel in Distress
Brian Lucero …  Thug #1
David B. Martin …  Thug #2
Larry Reinhardt-Meyer …  Officer MacReady
Frank Miller …  Liebowitz
Eva Mendes …  Sand Saref
Eric Balfour …  Mahmoud
Samuel L. Jackson …  The Octopus
Louis Lombardi …  Pathos, etc.
Scarlett Johansson …  Silken Floss
Sarah Paulson …  Ellen Dolan

Synopsis from IMDb: Down these mean streets a man must come. A hero born, murdered, and born again. When a Rookie cop named Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces from the shadows of Central City. The Octopus who kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face who has other plans. He’s going to wipe out the entire city. The Spirit tracks this cold hearted killer from the 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 the masked crusader.

Reviewers: VS, PIT #1, (PITs 2 & 3 took a pass to watch the All Star Crew Chief Challenge)

VS: – 1.25 pointed ears
I’ve never read the Will Eisner comic.  I saw this movie as a complete virgin to the Spirit universe.  That said this movie confused the heck out of me.  It was beautifully shot, Frank Miller is proving that he understands directing as much as he understands writing and illustrating comics.  However the story is difficult to follow the first time through.  The movie needs at least two viewings.

PIT#1: – 1 pointed ear
This movie was hard to follow.  I was completely lost until about the half-way point.  I do want to see this again.

2.25 out of 4 pointed ears
Rentable, if you like Sin City or film noir you’ll like The Spirit.  Adult themes, though the partial nudity is not in your face.  Not recommended for impressionable viewers.  I do recommend at least two viewings of this film.

July 3, 2009 Posted by | Life near an Iowa Cornfield, Movie Reviews, Movies | , , , , | Leave a comment