December 11th, 2009 11:45 EST
The Spirit Review (DVD)
Beyond the grave
Beyond the law
Called one of the biggest turkeys of the decade, The Spirit was released for the 2008 holiday season. It was also the last comic-book/superhero movie of that year, as writer/director Frank Miller attempted to repeat the success of 2005`s Sin City with this adaptation of Will Eisner`s protagonist.
Killed in the line of duty, police officer Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) was suddenly brought to life as The Spirit of Central City: masked, shadowy avenger against crime and corruption. His heroics earn him the adoration of the public and press, especially women from both sides of the law, and irritation from arch-nemesis The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), who holds the secret to The Spirit`s newfound resurrection and invulnerability, as he seeks his own plans for world domination. Only one question: how and where does Denny`s true love Sand Saref (Eva Mendes) fit in all of this?
The movie is an mixture of noir with campiness thanks to Jackson`s over-the-top performance, but yet enjoyable to watch because it is good fun.
The Spirit has the same characterstics of The Lone Ranger, for he is reborn with a new life and purpose: righting injustices everywhere. The Octopus is the Joker to The Spirit`s Batman, who is a lone crusader dedicated to battling the forces of evil. An incorrupt symbol of hope, he casts a light into the dark shadows of Central City.
The Spirit is what the world needs.
I`m on my way - Denny Colt/The Spirit