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The Spirit (2008)

  • Rate: 4.8/10 total 35,170 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 25 December 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 103 min
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The Spirit (2008)


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  • IMDb page: The Spirit (2008)
  • Rate: 4.8/10 total 35,170 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 25 December 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Filming Location: Albuquerque Studios – 5650 University Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Budget: $60,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $19,781,879(USA)(18 January 2009)
  • Director: Frank Miller
  • Stars: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson
  • Original Music By: David Newman   
  • Soundtrack: Deutschland Uber Alles
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Hero | Acid | Falling Down Stairs | Exploding Body | Reporter

Writing Credits By:

  • Frank Miller (screenplay)
  • Will Eisner (comic book series)

Known Trivia

  • Ebony White, The Spirit’s sidekick from the comics, was omitted, largely because he was typically portrayed as a 1930’s racial stereotype. Frank Miller disliked the idea of The Spirit having a sidekick, so the character was completely removed, rather than updated.
  • The character, Morgenstern, the name means “morningstar” in German.
  • Frank Miller uses comic book authors as company names in the film, for example ‘Feiffer’. Another (Ditko, a reference to Steve Ditko) appears on the side of the truck driven by Silken Floss.
  • When the Spirit finds Sand Serif’s derrière photocopy and says, “You shouldn’t have signed it”, the phrase was from one of Frank Miller’s early Daredevil comics.
  • Some scenes where shot using a new digital camera called The Phantom that can shoot at up to 1000 frames a second. Most of the film was shot with Panavision Genesis cameras.
  • Shot on green screen in 50 days.
  • In an interview with Total Film magazine, Frank Miller admitted that he shouted “Cut!” instead of “Action!” just before filming Paz Vega’s scene because he was so distracted by her costume.
  • While a character in her own right from the comics, Sand Saref’s seduction of and marriage to wealthy men only to have them killed is a trait taken from fellow Spirit femme fatale P’Gell.
  • The names of Logos, Pathos, and Ethos for three of the characters in the film are from Aristotle, who suggested that these three elements are necessary for persuasive rhetoric.
  • Dolan uses the phrase “hard goodbye” as a metaphor for death. It is also the name of Marv’s Sin City story, written by Frank Miller.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Denny Colt is on the table in the morgue, you can clearly see the outline of the makeup effects around his "wounds".

Plot: Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City. Full summary »  »

Story: 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.Written by Anthony Pereyra {}  


Synopsis: In a cat-filled mausoleum in Central City, Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht), also known as the masked vigilante The Spirit, receives a phone call from Detective Sussman (Dan Gerrity) about something big going on near an old shipwreck in the mudflats, something that could involve the Spirits arch-nemesis, The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson). The Spirit dons his costume and travels across rooftops while delivering a voice-over soliloquy about the city being his one true love. A woman (Kimberly Cox) is being mugged in an alley below. He manages to save her, receiving a knife wound that he seems to not even notice. The woman asks, What are you? The Spirit runs away, catching a ride from Officer Liebowitz (Frank Miller) and heading toward the flats.

At the swampland, a beautiful femme fatale, Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), rises from the water and appears to shoot Sussman multiple times. The Spirit and Liebowitz find the wounded Sussman, but a flashback reveals that it was really the Octopus who shot him in an effort to recover two identical chests underwater. Sand and her husband Mahmoud (Eric Balfour) tried to flee with both chests, but the Octopus wounded Mahmoud and snapped a line connecting the two chests. Sand escaped, leaving one chest behind, which the Octopus retrieved from the murky depths.

After the Octopus kills Liebowitz by ripping his head off, he sends away his cloned henchmen, Ethos, Pathos, and Logos (all played by Louis Lombardi), to be alone to take on the Spirit. Octopus accomplice Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson) drives up, running over Pathos in the process. She departs with the cargo, expressing her thoughts that the Spirit and the Octopus will be at it all night.

The two enemies do indeed take part in a long and highly stylized fight. A still quite alive Pathos shoots the Spirit, putting the hero down for the count, while the Octopus claims that he and the Spirit share a connection in their capability to take such great amounts of punishment.

The Spirit is awakened by his lover Dr. Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), daughter of Police Commissioner Dolan (Dan Lauria). Appearing to be in perfect health despite his gunshot wounds (something which has occurred seemingly many times before), the Spirit is reluctant to be admitted to a hospital but Ellen insists. He is shocked to notice a gold locket in Sussaman’s hand; a piece torn from Sand Sarefs neck earlier. He is berated by Commissioner Dolan, the only person who knows the Spirits true identity, for the loss of two officers due to going after the Octopus without permission or backup.

Sand Sarefs locket contains pictures of a much younger Denny Colt (Johnny Simmons) and Sand (Seychelle Gabriel). The two grew up together in Central City. Denny bought Sand the locket as a gift to satisfy the girls love of diamonds and other such shiny things, including the Golden Fleece of Jason and the Argonauts. They lived happily until Sands father, a cop, was accidentally shot dead one night in a struggle between a mobster and Dennys uncle, a washed-up (and presumably alcoholic) boxer who then committed suicide. Sand said she now hated cops. Fleeing to Europe, she was never heard from again for fifteen years. With her back in Central City, the Spirits interest is obviously piqued. He concludes that her desires of youth have evolved into a criminal career.

In a secret lair, the Octopus and Silken Floss open the chest but discover that it does not contain the mysterious Blood of Heracles as expected, but an unseen object that produces an otherworldly glow. Incandescent with rage, the Octopus exaggeratedly slaughters three of four more cloned thugs and orders a fourth to commit seppuku. He learns of Sands involvement in the mixing up of the chests and the villains decide a trade is in order.

Sand and Mahmoud visit the office of a high-class fence named Donenfeld (Richard Portnow), whom Sand paid to locate the underwater treasure she wanted — the Argonauts Golden Fleece. It is implied that Donenfeld gave up the treasures location to the Octopus as well to ensure his familys safety. For selling her out, Sand transfers Donenfelds payment into another account, then persuades the fence to shoot himself.

At St. Alices Hospital, the Spirit has fully regenerated good as new. He nearly seduces Ellen, but she has a clearer understanding than expected of the Spirits tendency to fall in love with every woman he meets. Commissioner Dolan angrily enters with young rookie cop Morgenstern (Stana Katic) and calls the Spirit away to a case.

Sand’s history as one of the worlds great jewel thieves is relayed to the Spirit, the cops both unaware of his past life with the suspect. Unable to believe Sand could be a criminal, the Spirit tracks her down. He is about to arrest her when caught off-guard by her standing before him fully nude. He also sees that Mahmoud has died due to tasting the Blood of Heracles. Sand doesn’t recognize the Spirit as the presumed-dead Denny. She is stunned when he reveals his knowledge of her looking for the Golden Fleece. Sand shoves the Spirit through a window. His trenchcoat stops his fall when it snags on the horn of a gigantic ram statue.

Morgenstern calls with a lead: Pathos was found near the mudflats with his shoes covered in industrial salt. It allows the Spirit to deduce that his nemesis is headquartered under the Feiffer Industrial Salt plant. After taking down several clones, he enters a sewer tunnel and comes face-to-face with Floss, who kisses the Spirit as a distraction while she injects a knockout agent into his neck.

In the Octopuss lair, the Spirit awakens to find himself tied to a dentists chair and surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia. A beautiful belly dancer sensuously dances behind a curtain, prompting the Spirit to break the fourth wall and claim to recognize her as the strangest woman he has ever encountered. It is revealed to be Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega), a psychotic assassin. The Octopus enters after a message from Sand an exchange of the Golden Fleece and the Blood of Heracles has been arranged at the city projects. The Spirit is told the story of the Octopus’s quest for immortality. His and Flosss experimentation eventually led to the creation of a serum (something of a scientific equivalent to the Elixir of Life) that could grant immortality or, at least, nigh indestructibility. Dennys corpse was used as a test subject. He awoke in a casket, broke out of his grave, and went to see Commissioner Dolan, creating a new identity to fight crime as a police spy. The Octopus injected himself and arch-enemies were born.

The Octopus intends to drink the mystical Blood and expand his immortality toward becoming a god. But first he intends to kill the Spirit by having Plaster slice him into tiny bits. She instead cuts him loose when reminded of a romantic encounter. The Spirit then gives the Octopus a beating, crushing him under a large Reichsadler eagle statue. He escapes with Plaster and they kiss, only for her to impale the Spirit on her sword.

Bleeding profusely, he stumbles to the city docks, collapses into the water and confronts the beautifully ethereal Angel of Death, the siren Lorelei (Jaime King), who has haunted the Spirits sleep. He is the only man to have ever wrongfully escaped death. His hallucinations lead to surreal images of her taking him where he truly belongs. But he manages to gather his senses by remembering Ellen, Sand, and the city all needing him. As the Spirit swims to the surface, Lorelei vows vengeance.

The Spirit is again put into Ellens critical care in the hospital. At the projects, Sand and her lastest henchman fly in with the Blood of Heracles to meet Floss and a clone carrying the Golden Fleece. After a four-way standoff, Sand attempts to convince Floss to get out of serving the Octopus before he kills her. They transfer the treasures and both minions are shot, at which point the Octopus emerges from his truck. He asks Floss for the vase. Unable to take a side, Floss drives off as the Spirit suddenly materializes.

The Octopus unloads with progressively bigger guns, downing him with a pair of four-barreled shotguns. Dolans SWAT team then storms the area and opens fire. The carnage ends when Morgenstern uses a huge combination RPG to blow off one of the Octopuss arms and Dolan shoots him in the head. The Octopus gets to the Blood of Heracles and prepares to drink it, but Sand shoots the vase just in time. The Spirit then uses a grenade to blow the Octopus to smithereens.

Showdown over, the Spirit gives Sand her locket back. They kiss as Ellen looks on, feeling betrayed. The old flames bid each other goodbye and the Spirit convinces Dolan to let Sand go in gratitude for saving the world. He tries to patch things up with Ellen, but she accepts that their relationship will always be fractured. Elsewhere, Floss discovers the Octopuss severed finger crawling toward her. She picks it up and departs with it, planning to clone the octopus.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jeff Andrick known as co-executive producer
  • Michael Burns known as executive producer
  • Deborah Del Prete known as producer
  • F.J. DeSanto known as co-producer
  • Bill Lischak known as executive producer (as William Lischak)
  • Steven Maier known as executive producer
  • Linda McDonough known as co-producer
  • Benjamin Melniker known as executive producer
  • Michael Paseornek known as executive producer
  • Gigi Pritzker known as producer
  • Marc Sadeghi known as associate producer
  • Michael E. Uslan known as producer
  • Alton Walpole known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jaime King known as Lorelei
  • Gabriel Macht known as Spirit
  • Dan Gerrity known as Detective Sussman
  • Arthur the Cat known as Himself
  • Kimberly Cox known as Damsel in Distress
  • Brian Lucero known as Thug 1
  • David Brian Martin known as Thug 2 (as David B. Martin)
  • Larry Reinhardt-Meyer known as Officer MacReady
  • Frank Miller known as Liebowitz
  • Eva Mendes known as Sand Saref
  • Eric Balfour known as Mahmoud
  • Samuel L. Jackson known as Octopus
  • Louis Lombardi known as Pathos, etc.
  • Scarlett Johansson known as Silken Floss
  • Sarah Paulson known as Ellen
  • Dan Lauria known as Dolan
  • Daniel Hubbert known as Medic (as Dan Hubbert)
  • Johnny Simmons known as Young Spirit
  • Seychelle Gabriel known as Young Sand
  • Michael Milhoan known as Uncle Pete
  • John Cade known as Mafioso
  • David Wiegand known as Officer Saref
  • Chad Brummett known as Reporter
  • Richard Portnow known as Donenfeld
  • Mark Delgallo known as Seth
  • Stana Katic known as Morgenstern
  • Aaron Toney known as Handbag Thief
  • Dean Squibb known as Handbag Man (as Dean Eldon Squibb)
  • Meeghan Holaway known as Female Reporter
  • Al Goto known as Poker Player
  • Roman Tissera known as Doorman #1
  • Frank Bond known as Doorman #2
  • Hugh Elliot known as Doorman #3
  • Robert Douglas Washington known as Onlooker #1
  • Bill Pope known as Onlooker #2
  • Benjamin Petry known as Son (as Ben Petry)
  • Marina Lyon known as Young Mother
  • Paul Levitz known as Onlooker #3
  • Emily Cheung known as Onlooker #4
  • Keith Kuhl known as Onlooker #5
  • Cayley Bell known as Onlooker #6
  • Jasmine Mohamed known as Onlooker #7
  • Paz Vega known as Plaster of Paris
  • T. Jay O'Brien known as Wino
  • Rio Alexander known as Creep
  • Drew Pollock known as Officer Klink
  • Michael-David Aragon known as Paramedic (uncredited)
  • William Arute known as Forensic Officer (uncredited)
  • Robert Anthony Brass known as Metro City Police Officer Oneil (uncredited)
  • Robert Cain known as SWAT Officer (uncredited)
  • Pamela Finley known as Mourning Woman (uncredited)
  • Genia Michaela known as Floss Reader (uncredited)
  • TJ Williams known as Gym Rat (uncredited)
  • Foued Zayani known as Gangster (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Art Anthony known as assistant makeup department head
  • Allan A. Apone known as makeup artist: Mr. Jackson (as Allan Apone)
  • Gabriel Bartalos known as lifecasts (as Gabe Bartalo)
  • Garnett Burk known as hair stylist
  • Cydney Cornell known as hair stylist: Ms. Mendes
  • Gino Crognale known as key sculptor: P13
  • Camille Friend known as hair stylist department head
  • Isabel Harkins known as makeup department head
  • John Holland known as additional hair stylist
  • Anne Kurtzman known as project coordinator: P13
  • Bonnie Masoner known as additional makeup artist
  • Elaine L. Offers known as makeup artist: Ms. Mendes (as Elaine Offers)
  • Barbara Olvera known as hair stylist: Ms. Johansson
  • Robert L. Stevenson known as hair stylist: Mr. Jackson (as Robert Stevenson)
  • Heba Thorisdottir known as makeup artist: Ms. Johansson
  • Melanie Tooker known as key prosthetics applicator: P13
  • Melanie Tooker known as makeup artist: Mr. Macht
  • Alan Tuskes known as shop supervisor: P13
  • Adam Brandy known as special makeup effects laboratory technician: lace hair piece prep (uncredited)
  • Sheila Trujillo known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Brett Andrews known as prop assistant (as Brett 'Khan' Andrews)
  • Arthur Arndt known as prop maker
  • Pierre Barrera known as set dresser (as Pierre L. Barrera)
  • Robin Blagg known as construction coordinator
  • Jeff Bolen known as prop maker
  • Phillip Brown known as set painter
  • Alan Chao known as art department production assistant
  • J. Christie known as prop maker
  • Brett Cole known as prop maker/welder
  • Dennis Collins known as on-set painter
  • Nigel Conway known as paint foreman (as Nigel Paul Conway)
  • Kenneth Cook known as prop maker
  • Santino Davenport known as prop maker
  • Nick Davis known as utility tech
  • Brian DeLara known as on-set dresser (as Bryan DeLara)
  • T. Scott Elliott known as set dresser
  • Randy Eriksen known as property master
  • Brooke Fair known as assistant greens
  • Brooke Fair known as utility tech
  • Michael Flowers known as buyer
  • Javier Fuentes known as plasterer
  • Joel Goodell known as lead man
  • Miguel Gurule known as key scenic (as Miguel E. Gurulé)
  • Mark Gutierrez known as prop maker
  • James Herman known as prop maker
  • Daniel Herrera Arau known as set painter (as Daniel Herrera)
  • A. Todd Holland known as assistant art director
  • Steve Kahn known as gang boss
  • Ester Kim known as on-set dresser: second unit
  • Andy Linderkamp known as prop maker
  • Christopher Martin known as key greens
  • Tim McCulloch known as set painter (as Tim McCullough)
  • Jesse McNamara known as prop maker
  • Chuck McSorley known as assistant property master
  • Dana J. Mestas known as plasterer
  • Tony Milhaupt known as prop maker
  • Curtis D. Mott known as prop maker
  • Kirk Newren known as construction foreman
  • William S. Patterson known as prop maker
  • Sara M. Pennington known as construction auditor (as Sara Morgan Lewis)
  • Albert Rivera known as labor foreman
  • Sebastian Rutkowsky Ruiz known as set painter (as Sebastian R. Ruiz)
  • Aaron Sims known as matte painter
  • Barton Slade known as welder
  • Jimmy Stephens known as prop maker
  • Joshua Viers known as lead concept artist
  • Benjamin M. Walsh known as set dresser
  • John N. Ward known as art department coordinator
  • Katie Wertz known as set painter (as Katherine Wertz)
  • Brett Andrews known as prop master: action unit (uncredited)
  • Wyndi Johnson known as painter (uncredited)
  • Andy Linderkamp known as on-set stand-by carpenter (uncredited)
  • Elsa Santos known as concept artist (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Lionsgate (presents)
  • Dark Lot Entertainment (presents)
  • Odd Lot Entertainment
  • Continental Entertainment Group (CEG) (financial support)
  • Media Magik Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Aaron Sims Company, The  matte paintings
  • Abel Cine Tech  camera equipment provided by (Phantom HD Camera)
  • Absolut Video  HD video assist equipment by
  • Albuquerque Studios  sound stages
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Deluxe Post-Production  foley facilities
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Frontline Design  specialty costumes
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
  • Modern VideoFilm  digital intermediate
  • PIC Agency  titles
  • Panavision Remote Systems  Supertechno crane provided by
  • Reel Chefs Catering  catering
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility


  • ARM Distribution (2009) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Encore Films (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Spentzos Films (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Blue Sky Media (2009) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Deltamac Entertainment (2008) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (2-disc special edition)
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Belgium) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Tiglon (2009) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Finland (2009) (Finland) (all media)
  • West Video (2009) (Russia) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Precinct 13 Entertainment (special make-up effects) (as P13 Entertainment, Inc.)
  • Orphanage, The (visual effects)
  • Fuel International (visual effects) (as Fuel VFX)
  • Digital Dimension (visual effects)
  • R!ot Pictures (visual effects) (as Riot)
  • Entity FX (visual effects)
  • Furious FX (visual effects)
  • LOOK! Effects (visual effects)
  • Rising Sun Pictures (visual effects)
  • Ollin Studio (additional visual effects) (as Ollin VFX)
  • Cinesoup (additional visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Heather Abels known as matte painter: The Orphanage
  • Robert Adams known as compositor: R!OT
  • Robert Adams known as matchmover
  • Robert Adams known as texture artist
  • Alexandra Altrocchi known as visual effects producer
  • Michael Angelo known as Inferno artist: R!OT
  • Katrin Arndt known as visual effects production manager: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Jennifer Avery known as visual effects coordinator: R!OT
  • Florian Bailleul known as main title designer
  • Alison Middaugh Barger known as CG supervisor: R!ot (as Alison Middaugh)
  • Tony Barger known as visual effects coordinator: Riot
  • Suzette Barnett known as compositor
  • Pharoah Barrett known as 3D artist
  • Andy Barrios known as sequence supervisor: R!OT ) (as Andy Rafael Barrios)
  • Jenny Basen known as visual effects coordinator
  • Mat Beck known as senior visual effects supervisor
  • Didier Bertrand known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Dan Blank known as digital compositor
  • Christopher Blazick known as technical support
  • Siksit Boonyodom known as roto/paint artist
  • Kirstin Bradfield known as digital compositor: The Orphanage
  • Kirstin Bradfield known as previz artist: The Orphange (as Kirsten Bradfield)
  • Eloi Brunelle known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Chad Buehler known as digital compositor
  • Romain Buignet known as digital effects artist: FUEL VFX
  • Kelly Bumbarger known as digital effects supervisor: Riot
  • Diane Caliva known as post production supervisor: The Orphanage
  • Julie Cardinal known as visual effects producer: Digital Dimension
  • Christian Cardona known as digital effects artist
  • Ean Carr known as compositor
  • Can Chang known as compositor: The Orphanage
  • Sébastien Chartier known as visual effects artist: Digital Dimension
  • Matthieu Chatelier known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Michael Clemens known as visual effects artist
  • Sarah Coatts known as visual effects producer: main & end title sequences: PIC
  • Webster Colcord known as previsualization animator
  • Luke Cole known as pipeline engineer: FUEL International
  • Sam Cole known as lead compositor: FUEL International
  • Bill Collis known as visual effects editor: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Matthew Collorafice known as digital compositor
  • Tim 'Timco' Conway known as visual effects: R!OT
  • Robert Coquia Jr. known as i/o vfx
  • Felix Crawshaw known as visual effects producer
  • Erin M. Cullen known as rotoscope artist: Furious FX
  • Robin L. D'Arcy known as visual effects producer: Ollin Studio
  • Todd Daugherty known as head of technology: Entity FX
  • Chris Davies known as digital compositor: Fuel VFX
  • Robert De La Cruz known as modeler: Digital Dimension
  • Natalia de la Garza known as lead compositor: Ollin Studio
  • Ante Dekovic known as digital compositor
  • Stephen DeLuca known as compositing supervisor: The Orphanage
  • Del DePierro known as lighter
  • Gregg Domain known as digital effects artist
  • Matthew G. Donnan known as paint/roto artist
  • Scott Dougherty known as visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
  • Kim Doyle known as visual effects producer
  • Laura Dubsky known as compositor
  • Stéphanie Dubé known as texture painter
  • Grégory Ducatel known as technical director: Digital Dimension
  • Jason Dunn known as lead matte painter
  • Mark Edwards known as digital production manager: R!OT
  • Kane Elferink known as lighting technical director: Fuel VFX
  • Nino Ellington known as technical assistant: The Orphange
  • Thomas Esmeralda known as senior matte painter: The Orphanage
  • Matt Farell known as previs artist
  • Anouchka Farrenc known as creature animator: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Jean-François Ferland known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • David Fine known as visual effects assistant editor: The Orphanage
  • Brad Floyd known as compositor: Fuel VFX
  • Nicolas Fortin known as lead textures: Digital Dimension
  • Dustin Foster known as junior digital production manager: R!OT
  • Sébastien Gagné known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Christian Garcia known as CG supervisor: Digital Dimension
  • Gabriela García known as digital compositor
  • Diego Garzon known as shader technical director
  • Daniel Gaudreau known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Jonathan Germain known as lighting artist: Digital Dimension
  • Buddy Gheen known as digital compositor
  • Benoit Girard known as visual effects executive producer: Digital Dimension
  • Kyle Goodsell known as digital compositor
  • Virginie Goulet known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Rich Grande known as digital compositor: The Orphange
  • Jon Green known as matte painter: The Orphanage
  • Timothy Gross known as systems engineer
  • Sarah Grossmann known as digital compositor
  • John Grower known as visual effects supervisor: Cinesoup
  • Jonathan Grégoire known as visual effects artist
  • Lindsay Hallett known as visual effects executive producer: R!OT (as Lindsay Burnett)
  • Heather Han known as digital artist: The Orphanage
  • Brian Harding known as visual effects supervisor: Entity FX
  • Jonathan Harman known as computer graphics supervisor
  • David Harrisson known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Nathan Helm known as additional visual effects production assistant
  • Keith Herft known as compositing lead
  • Junji Hirano known as visual effects artist
  • Sunghwan Hong known as visual effects artist
  • Jocelyn Hudon known as lead animator: Digital Dimension
  • Danny Huerta known as visual effects coordinator
  • Nathan Ilejay known as I/O coordinator: Entity FX
  • Brad Isdrab known as render wrangler
  • Charlie Iturriaga known as visual effects supervisor: Ollin Studio
  • Gael Jacques known as lead modeler: Digital Dimension
  • Bruce Jones known as visual effects consultant
  • David Jones known as visual effects supervisor: Riot
  • Les G. Jones known as digital producer
  • Nick Kacevski known as cg artist
  • Brad Kalinoski known as digital supervisor: LOOKFX
  • Danny S. Kim known as visual effects
  • Jin Yong Kim known as matchmove artist: The Orphanage
  • David King known as digital artist
  • Armando Kirwin known as visual effects coordinator
  • Dan Knight known as compositor
  • Paul Kolsanoff known as digital production manager
  • Carsten Kolve known as cg supervisor: RSP
  • Anthony Kramer known as digital compositor: R!OT
  • Roger Kupelian known as lead matte painter
  • Ivan La Rosa known as effects technical director: Fuel VFX
  • Ivan Landau known as visual effects editor
  • Catherine Langevin known as texture artist: Digital Dimension
  • Philippe Langlois known as lead matte painter: Digital Dimension
  • Martin Larrivée known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Claudia Lecaros known as I/O coordinator: Fuel
  • Chris LeDoux known as sequence supervisor: R!OT
  • Soyoun Lee known as compositor
  • Simon Legrand known as digital artist: FUEL International
  • Aaron N. Leichter known as I/O coordinator: Entity FX
  • Andrew Lema known as digital effects artist
  • Patrick Lemay known as tracking artist: Digital Dimension
  • Andrew H. Leung known as visual effects artist
  • Kymber Lim known as Visual Effects Executive Producer (Entity FX )
  • David Lingenfelser known as executive visual effects supervisor: Furious FX
  • Kevin Lingenfelser known as visual effects supervisor
  • Jarrod Linton known as previsualization lead: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Shawn Lipowski known as 3D artist
  • Raymond K.L. Liu known as visual effects
  • David Lloyd known as information technology director: The Orphanage
  • Zachary Lo known as digital compositor
  • Sean Looper known as pipeline architect: R!OT
  • Matthias Lowry known as digital compositor
  • Anthony Lucero known as visual effects editor
  • Brian Lutge known as digital artist: R!OT
  • Demis Lyall-Wilson known as digital compositor: Fuel VFX
  • Kevin Mains known as visual effects artist
  • Patrick Martel known as digital lighting artist: Digital Dimension
  • Krista Maryanski known as visual effects coordinator
  • Stuart T. Maschwitz known as senior visual effects supervisor (as Stu Maschwitz)
  • Elizabeth Matthews known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Richard McBride known as visual effects supervisor
  • Claire McLachlan known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Steve J. McLeod known as digital compositor
  • Genevieve McMahon known as facility manager: visual effects
  • Vinay Mehta known as digital compositor
  • Jorge Mendoza known as digital compositor
  • Jessica Millar known as lighting technical director (as Jessica Braun)
  • Luke Millar known as lead lighting technical director
  • Carlo Monaghan known as digital compositor: Fuel VFX
  • Tena Montoya known as visual effects producer
  • Mark Moore known as matte painter
  • Dominic Morin known as software developer: Digital Dimension
  • Marc Morissette known as compositing supervisor: Digital Dimension
  • Dave Morley known as visual effects supervisor: FUEL International
  • Nick Murphy known as visual effects editor: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Sean Murphy known as visual effects artist
  • Patrick Ménard known as modeler: Digital Dimension
  • Cyntia Navarro known as visual effects coordinator: Ollin Studio
  • Marla Neto known as visual effects production assistant: R!OT
  • Liam Neville known as compositor
  • Vissal Ong Nguon known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • An Nguyen known as system administrator/pipeline engineer: FUEL International
  • Viet Nguyen known as systems engineer
  • Jaime Norman known as junior digital production manager
  • John Norris known as visual effects business affairs
  • Jonathan O'Brien known as visual effects coordinator
  • Kim O'Donnell known as digital compositor
  • Hiroyuki Okubo known as lead lighting technical director: R!OT
  • Pawel Olas known as visual effects artist
  • Jean-Sebastien Ouellet known as lighting artist: Digital Dimension
  • Premamurti Paetsch known as effects technical director: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Eugene Paluso known as digital effects artist
  • Rik Panero known as digital effects artist
  • Stéphane Paradis known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Edgar Patron known as digital compositor
  • Benoit Pelchat known as matte painter: The Orphanage
  • Dylan Penhale known as IT manager: Fuel International
  • Arthur Phelan known as visual effects gaffer: The Orphanage
  • Nick Pitt-Owen known as visual effects artist
  • Thomas Proctor known as visual effects supervisor: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Sébastien Proulx known as technical animator: Digital Dimension
  • Michael Ralla known as digital compositor: Fuel VFX
  • Dane Rapaport known as digital compositor
  • Rob Reinhart known as lead digital compositor: Entity FX
  • Jeremy Renteria known as rotoscope artist
  • Anthony Reyna known as visual effects assistant editor
  • Aaron Rhodes known as associate visual effects supervisor: The Orphanage
  • Aaron Rhodes known as lead colorist: The Orphanage
  • Kim Richardson known as animation supervisor: Digital Dimension
  • Kurtis Richmond known as lead matte artist: FUEL International
  • Stéphane Rioux known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Loren Robinson known as digital compositor: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Agustin Robles Villegas known as set modeling
  • Dan Rucinski known as producer
  • Mevlana Rumi known as digital compositor: Ollin Studio
  • Migs Rustia known as visual effects editor
  • Johannes Saam known as effects technical director: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Martin Sabran known as matte painter: Digital Dimension
  • Emily Sage known as visual effects
  • Jason Sanford known as visual effects producer
  • Chad Schott known as digital compositor
  • Charles Schwartz known as matchmove/layout artist: The Orphanage
  • Bryan Shepperd known as digital artist
  • Greg Shimp known as paint/roto lead: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Mark Shoaf known as CG supervisor: Furious FX
  • Fred Sicotte known as business process specialist: Digital Dimension
  • Dax Siplin known as rotoscope artist: Entity FX
  • Nate Smalley known as video I/O
  • Brian Smallwood known as compositor: R!OT
  • Tiffany Smith known as visual effects producer: Furious FX
  • Trent Smith known as senior visual effects producer
  • Robert Snyder known as compositor
  • Robert Snyder known as technical coordinator
  • Eric So known as digital compositor
  • Martha Soehendra known as digital compositor
  • Christina Spring known as digital compositor
  • Mike Spring known as digital compositor
  • Nancy St. John known as senior effects producer
  • Paul Stemmer known as visual effects editor
  • Antonello Stornelli known as digital artist
  • Max Stummer known as digital compositor: Fuel VFX
  • Shuichi Suzuki known as lead modeler
  • Takashi Takeoka known as lead digital compositor: Entity FX
  • Andranik Taranyan known as digital compositor
  • Michael Taylor known as production executive: RIOT
  • Cecile Tecson known as digital paint artist
  • Melinka Thompson-Godoy known as visual effects producer: LOOK! Effects, Inc.
  • Scot D. Thomson known as tracking artist: Digital Dimension
  • Alexander Tirasongkran known as integration
  • Alexander Tirasongkran known as matchmove technical director
  • Salvador Tovar known as digital compositor: Ollin studio
  • Alexandre Tremblay known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Andrew Ryan Turner known as visual effects editor
  • Les Turner known as tracking
  • Mathieu Tétrault known as lighting artist: Digital Dimension
  • Carlos Valcarcel known as character technical director: Digital Dimension
  • Leslie Valentino known as post production supervisor
  • Gerard Van Ommen Kloeke known as technical director
  • Noah Vice known as lighting technical director: The Orphanage
  • Tim Walker known as compositor: Fuel VFX
  • Pablo Weiss known as digital retouching
  • Sean M. Wells known as I/O operator: The Orphanage
  • James Whitlam known as visual effects executive producer: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Maggie Whittemore known as production assistant
  • Shane Christopher Wicklund known as digital compositor: R!OT Pictures
  • Shane Christopher Wicklund known as paint artist: R!OT
  • Shane Christopher Wicklund known as roto artist: R!OT
  • Ruth Wiegand known as character rigging artist: Rising Sun Pictures
  • Ian Wilson known as visual effects
  • Martin Wiseman known as visual effects producer
  • Doug Witsken known as digital compositor
  • Thorsten Wolf known as lead compositor
  • David Woodland known as matte painter
  • Matthew Wynne known as lead compositor
  • Jason Yanofsky known as lead 3D artist
  • Kaz Yoshida known as lead cgi artist: Entity FX
  • Rodrigo Armendariz known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Laurie Blavin known as senior recruiter: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Eric Guaglione known as visual development artist (uncredited)
  • Rudi Holzapfel known as visual effects: Rising Sun Pictures (uncredited)
  • Michelle Kater known as roto/paint artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Benjamin Magaña known as lighting and shading (uncredited)
  • Roy Malhi known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Jack Noriaki Matsumoto known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Evan Ryan known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Pete Wheelan known as roto/paint artist: The Orphanage (uncredited)
  • Ned Wilson known as compositor: Riot (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Indonesia 25 December 2008
  • Italy 25 December 2008
  • Singapore 25 December 2008
  • Spain 25 December 2008
  • USA 25 December 2008
  • Taiwan 26 December 2008
  • France 31 December 2008
  • Switzerland 31 December 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Iceland 1 January 2009
  • Ireland 1 January 2009
  • UK 1 January 2009
  • Denmark 2 January 2009
  • Sweden 2 January 2009
  • Israel 8 January 2009
  • New Zealand 8 January 2009
  • Philippines 8 January 2009
  • Poland 9 January 2009
  • Russia 15 January 2009
  • Ukraine 15 January 2009
  • Argentina 22 January 2009
  • Finland 23 January 2009
  • Mexico 23 January 2009
  • Norway 23 January 2009
  • Australia 29 January 2009
  • Germany 5 February 2009
  • Hong Kong 5 February 2009
  • Kazakhstan 5 February 2009
  • Switzerland 5 February 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Venezuela 6 February 2009
  • Czech Republic 19 February 2009
  • Turkey 20 February 2009
  • Belgium 25 February 2009
  • Hungary 19 March 2009
  • Portugal 19 March 2009
  • Brazil 20 March 2009
  • Slovakia 2 April 2009
  • UK 25 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 6 June 2009
  • Netherlands 30 June 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. crimsonica from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    I must say that I was somewhat excited when my friend told me she gotus tickets to the premiere of "The Spirit", especially since I've neverbeen to a real premiere. It was an entertaining experience, all exceptfor when the film was rolling.

    I liked Sin City a lot, and I thought 300 was intriguingly well madeand quite entertaining. Let's just say that compared to 300, "TheSpirit" entertains more like Howard the Duck. The entire film seemslike a total farce, an unfortunate mockery of Miller's unique stylehimself. It has been a very long time since I've seen a film with suchlittle (to no) heart, and hardly any soul. I must say that SarahPaulson gave the greatest performance by far of anyone else, as theSpirit's unconventional doctor. She is the sole source of any feelingor depth in the film. Macht was also at his best in the lead role whensharing scenes with Paulson, otherwise, he barely filled the part. Idon't know if that was his fault however, given that the characterhimself was depicted with very little depth overall. I never read thegraphic novel, but I'm going to go ahead and guess that this doesn't doit justice. How can I say that? Because novels build key charactersinto "people" that you care about, whether you hate them or love them,the characters stimulate your mind on some level or another. This isfar from the case in this film. There is very poor development of thecharacters, which the majority of potential watchers are unfamiliarwith. Sam Jackson has unfortunately chosen another terrible role, asthe non-intriguing villain, the Octopus. Jackson however does give ussome of his crazy wild eyed antics that we've grown to accustomed to,although his character falls flat for the most part, especiallyconsidering his opposite on the screen, Scarlett Johansen. It almostseems as if Miller was asleep on the set when her scenes were shot.She's THAT bad in this film, with a deeply sub par android-likeperformance. Eva Mendes did what she could to somewhat save the filmfrom being a complete and total joke, although it's pretty close tobeing just that. She plays the bling digging female lead oppositeMacht. Now quite possibly the most annoying character(s) ever portrayedon film are the Octopus's cloned henchmen, which were frighteninglyreminiscent in annoyance levels of………. dare i say it… Jar JarBinks. My four year old nephew would surely find some entertainmentvalue there.

    This film ultimately succumbs to its poor writing and direction, whichare almost cleverly masked by the signature visual style of Miller,which is hypnotizing at times. Unfortunately, it's hardly hypnotizingenough to mask the true, soulless identity of "The Sprit".

    – Crimsonica

  2. from Seattle
    30 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    I was very excited about The Spirit because I am a big fan of Sin Cityand was looking forward to see Frank Miller in action again. Also, thecast seemed to be a great lineup. However, it doesn't matter how goodthe actors are if the plot and script are lame, and I am here to tellyou — I don't even think the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Meryl Streepcould have saved The Spirit for this reason.

    I kept waiting for the story to intrigue me and for the characters todevelop. I watched a couple of people walk out of the theater about anhour through… Finally, I checked the time (never a good sign whenyou're watching a movie), only to discover that the movie was nearlyover, and there would be no chance for redemption.

    Aesthetically, The Spirit was interesting, but I couldn't help feelinglike I'd seen it all before. The cinematography and graphics werepretty much a carbon copy of Sin City. I expected to see similarity(Frank Miller's style is distinct, after all), but not identical visualimagery.

    Bottom line, I rarely see movies in the theater because it's expensive!For three people, we spent over $50 in downtown Seattle for thisexperience, and it was so disappointing. I hate to waste that muchmoney on such a poorly written, boring movie. My recommendation is toskip The Spirit altogether (really, the plot and script are that bad).But if you're really curious, save your money and rent it when it comesout on DVD.

  3. netbusterss from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    Big fan of Sin City, big fan of 300, bigger fan of Watchmen. The Spiritwas sadly a big let down for me. The visuals and art direction wereamazing, strong cinematography, very "Roger Rabbity" sorta feel withthe rotoscoping of some scenes, his tie, shoes, backdrops etc. Thescript was supposed to have this sorta old school Raymond Chandlersorta film noir sorta feel to it and it just didn't hit it.

    Cheesy liners, a lot of the acting felt as if it was rushed, and someof the scenes were just very…awkward and boring to say the least. Iwent to a 10pm showing of it tonight and there was only about 20peoplein the theater. Halfway through everyone except me and my company leftto "get their money back." Blah, hope Watchmen isn't as much of a letdown :/ Totally not worth the 10bucks a ticket unless your a die hardDC fan and have actually read the Spirit comics, if not then its kidnanot worth seeing, unless your friend has it on DVD and your high andneed a good movie to pass out to.

    Also does anyone else find that whenever they watch a movie with SamuelJackson in it now, ever since Snakes on a Plane you just cant friggentake him seriously anymore? Its like every time he says a line or hassome sorta goofy quote I just laugh in my head. ARG okay peace

  4. A_Roode from Halifax, Nova Scotia
    30 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    I love the interview with Lorenzo Semple Jnr, screenwriter for 'FlashGordon,' when he suggests that the film would have been a big hit ifonly they'd been able to market it as a movie that would be a cultclassic in thirty years. He goes on to explain what the core problemis: A cult film, by definition has fanatical supporters … just not alot of them. Those who 'get' the film will keep it alive forever, butJoe Moviegoer won't care if he ever sees it again. And so I turn to'The Spirit,' a film which has similar qualities to 'Flash Gordon': badenough to be awesome, tongue firmly in it's cheek and gentle satire init's hand.

    'The Spirit' manages to be wondrous and infuriating. A visual feast,Frank Miller was the perfect choice to bring the film to life. On theother hand, the dialogue is often so cheesy and the characters so overthe top that the movie never allows you to be lulled into thatwonderful moment of forgetting that you're watching a movie. Thereisn't a single character in the movie who talks like a real person.They all talk like, well, comic book archetypes: gruff commissioner,megalomaniacal super villain, brilliant evil assistant, sultry femmefatales, loyal and uninteresting love interest, and on and on. TakeSamuel L Jackson's character, 'The Octopus' for example. It is acharacter that Jackson was born to play and Sam throws every ounce ofhis endlessly entertaining and over the top style into the character.It works and he plays the part brilliantly because he takes ridiculousdialogue and ridiculous material and has wild amounts of fun with it.The cast, by and large, follow his lead. Scarlett Johansson ishilariously withering with her acerbic barbs to The Octopus' clonelackeys, all of whom are played with deadpan wit and verve by LouisLombardi. It is hard, in fact, not to feel some pity for Gabriel Machtwho has to play Bud Abbott to a cast of rollicking, scene-chewing LouCostellos in an over-acting competition. It all works wonderfully ifyou're willing to view the film as, uncharitably, being unintentionallyfunny or more genuinely as a gentle lampoon of comic book films by oneof the great figures of the graphic novel genre.

    Frank Miller takes 'The Spirit' and has great fun with it. It is quirkyat times, ham-handed at times, but lovingly made. A brilliant Noirist,Miller actually has much better luck in 'The Spirit' in moments oflevity. The noir angles of this film don't work unless designed as akind of self-righteous satire. The noir feels forced and dramaticmoments are mercilessly skewered by the corny dialogue that a helplessGabriel Macht delivers with straight-laced determination. 'The Spirit'has the look of 'Sin City' and the heart of 'Flash Gordon.' When itworks, it works well, but the film is a terrible mess whenever it istrying to be serious.

    So is it worth the ride? I think so if you go in with the properexpectations. There's not really anything new visually if you've seen'Sin City' or '300' — both Miller works of course — but that didn'tmake them any less interesting to me. Plenty of humour where it may ormay not have been planned and the potential to be a cult classic. Thisis the kind of movie you can best enjoy in the company of friends and acold six pack. Look for diamonds and you're looking for too much. Andif nothing else, Eva Mendes has never looked better on film than shedoes here. That's got to stand for something, right?

  5. Tagifras from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    Spirit was marketed to be the next Sin City or 300 which makes youthink of hardcore action not quirky humor or PG-13

    What most people hate about this movie I found awesome

    Yes, one liners were cheesy. Yes, Samuel Jackson is in every movieever. Yes, the acting was over the top. Yes, the film looks like SinCity. Yes, I loved this movie. Its so bad, its good. The one liners,the acting, and the style all made it feel like the comic strip.

    The plot was a little thin but they had the back story catchup so youstill get the whole movie experience.

    The only major downfall I see to this movie is the PG-13 but thats whythe DVD will be amazing.

    You will know if you love/hate this film within the first 10 minutes sogo see it and if you hate it, walk out fast so you get your money back.

  6. Skon from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    The Spirit is a film with few virtues. There's a fingerful but that'sit.

    Gabriel Macht delivers a certain charisma in the titular role as WillEisner's classic middle-class superhero. This is his first timecarrying a movie and had the focus been shifted more on him, his anticsand his conflicts it would have been a better film. We witness somelovely moments when The Spirit talks about the love he has for hiscity, echoing something at the very heart of the superhero mythos. Onescene has him even using the city as a shield, a weapon and a guide inhis role as its guardian. These are poignant moments that evoke thatsomewhere underneath all the terribleness there might have been a sparkof a good film here.

    That's where all the virtues end.

    People will probably gravitate to the cinematography of Bill Pope whichdoes its best to marry Frank Miller's Sin City with the pulp comics ofThe Spirit's origins. But as pretty as the cinematography does lookhere and there, most of it is too busy, too dark and too careless. As afilm that tries to show the protagonist's relationship with his citythe cinematography should have created a sense of being in a vastmetropolis. Instead the visuals feel completely green-screened and theeffect is that the film ends up looking like it was shot on a stageinstead of in a wide open city. There is also something that feelsunfinished about the green-screening process as though some more workneeded to be done and as such the film has the look of the cut scenesout of late 90's full motion video games with the characters standingout from rendered CGI effects like sore thumbs.

    This is Frank Miller's first time out as a solo director. He iscredited with co-directing Sin City and after seeing this film onerealizes that Miller had very little to do with the physical directingon that film. It's sad to see one of the greatest comic book creatorsof all time helpless in trying to do justice to Will Eisner'screations. Miller even casts himself as a police officer whose headgets ripped off and used as a blunt weapon in the film's opening. Onewonders if that was CGI or if the lack of any thinking going into thisfilm can be blamed on Miller's headlessness. Either way it's an aptmetaphor for a project that steams forward without any direction.

    The film is a mess of tones and genres. Scenes tend to go on foreverwithout anywhere to go in the first place. There's an overuse offlashbacks. And most of the dialogue is delivered in soliloquy(including a scene where The Spirit talks to a cat for 5 minutes).There are no subtleties in delivery, pacing or acting. Everything isblunt, harsh and cold. The audience knows everything in the first 15minutes and it takes the rest of the characters an hour to catch up.It's frustrating, busy and excruciating to watch. Even attempts athumor fall flat. A running joke with 24's Louis Lombardi is amateur inits rendition.

    The acting is where Miller's lack of film-making chops shows mostprominently. Sam Jackson plays the Octopus, a villain whose face wasnever shown in Eisner's comics and rightfully so. Jackson is fresh offof a plane full of snakes and still acting like it. He plays the sametough character he always plays – shooting off big guns while shootingoff his even bigger mouth. It's beginning to get boring and he needs toseek out more parts that explore his range. In order to make up forhaving no character depth or any credibility as a villain, Jackson andhis henchwoman, played by the vastly overrated Scarlett Johansson, gothrough more costume changes than a Vegas strip show. Jackson goes fromdressing like a pimp to a mutton-chopped samurai and even (I can't makethis up) a monocled goose-stepping heil-hitlering Nazi in an offensivescene that seems like a bad pun on the classic Patton.

    Further to the acting, there is a bevy of female characters thatclutter this film in an attempt to create some element of pulp sexdrama. Johansson's Silken Floss is just money thrown down the drain asshe brings nothing to the movie. I've never understood her appeal andthis film is perhaps best proof of her need to hire an acting coach.The Morgenstern character is a time-waster and eats up screen timelecturing the audience on the Electra principle (Miller you created acharacter named Elektra, you have a fascination with it, we get it, butit has no place in this film). To believe her character we'd have tobelieve that a rookie cop would be the only one to notice a giganticclue two days after a crime scene has been cleared. Sarah Paulson andEva Mendes, both in terribly written roles, try the hardest and as anaudience member I appreciated that.

    The free screening I attended last night had a number of rows oddlyempty from the get go. And within 10 minutes about twenty people hadalready gotten up and left. The rest of us stayed because it was coldoutside and perhaps hoping that things would only get better. Theydidn't. After the film we had a unique experience where audiencemembers cultivated together, like strangers at a traffic accident, tocriticize the film. People were upset over a film that failed in everypossible way a film can fail and yet the advertising campaign paints itas a brilliant, exciting holiday adventure. I assure you it's not.

    Lionsgate this is a train wreck. If this is your idea of giving youraudience a holiday present honestly shame on you.

  7. cafesmitty from maryland
    30 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    I really wanted to like this but the main actor who played the Spiritwas just plain awful. And everyone acting was dreadful, the writing isdreadful and the direction is dreadful. Maybe Frank Miller wanted thatactors to Over act and over act they did BIG TIME. Sam L. Jackson is soover the top that it was painful. We were laughing at some scenes notbecause it was that funny, it was just that embarrassing. The firstfight scene (not giving anything away), that the Octopuss had with theSpirit was force and confusing and so out of place and completelyuninteresting.

    This movie is STYLE over SUBSTANCE. And it's hugely disappointing fromthe guy that was part of The 300 and Sin City. I guess every goodperson have their bad movies. I think perhaps Miller wanted thecharacters to be cartoonish. At one point, I wouldn't have beensurprised to see an anvil drop on someone's head, thats how ridiculousthis movie was. Perhaps one has to be a fan of the comic book… (orgraphic novel in some circle) in order to truly enjoy this. I went withthree other friends and 3 out of 4 of use thought it was awful and theother person just said, "it wasn't that bad".

    That voice over of the spirit was just bothersome the entire movie. Iwas thinking… please, for the love of god, shut him up. The Spirit'svoice over is irritating like Jock itch.

    Now for the other actors, Eva Mendes is as beautiful as always and atone point I heard at least 10 independent dayums go out like some saidit once at the grand canyon and you got 9 echos… .DAYUM! dayum dayumdayum dayum…

    The other ones didn't get to do anything, except there are moments ofirritating joy in the Octopuss' creations. The Spirit gets a 4 out of10 for not actualizing the film that it could have been. It is a pass.

  8. Knuckle from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    No really. He takes a property that is fun and clever and entertaining,spews his well-worn brand of "dark and gritty" all over it, andproceeds to waste a little over an hour and a half of your life (moreif parking was a pain in the rear – as it tends to be during theholiday season).

    We'll start off with what's right with this movie.

    It's… um… "visually stunning?" Maybe. If you haven't seen "300" or"Sin City" or "Sky Captain" before. (Please note that while two of thethree mentioned films are based on his work – there's a good reasonthey're watchable. You guessed it – he didn't write and/or direct them)And that's about it.

    The acting was phoned in – it takes a great director to wring a greatperformance from actors who are given laughably bad, pseudo-noir linesto puke out and guess what? Frank Miller isn't a great director. Heisn't even mediocre. He's just plain bad.

    So, what possessed the studio to gamble several millions of dollarswhen Robocop 2 and 3 should have been all the proof they need that oneshouldn't waste more than the cover price of a comic book on this man'sdubious talents? I'd like to think it was drugs instead of just plainstupidity, but I somehow doubt it.

    There's several good reasons why they waited until Will Eisner was deadbefore making this. Do yourself a favor, take my word for it, and don'twaste your time and money finding out what those reasons are foryourself.

  9. eliotmiller from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    I have been a Frank Miller fan since I was 11 yrs old reading Ronin.Loved Sin City ( the movie and the comic books ), 300, etc etc. So whathappened that was so bad that I registered with IMDb to write thisreview? To begin, the minimalistic green screen style was fun for SinCity, but it just became pointless and tired. The acting?? It wasbrutally obvious that these actors were acting alone in green screenland. No inspiration, no passion, nothing but emptiness. I am 39 yearsold, I have been a reader of comic books since I was 8. How the helldid these characters make it to the big screen? "The Spirit" is astupid character. With stories like "The Sandman" and "The Preacher"yet to be made, this was a big waste! I just wanted to put a warningout there, this movie will make you want to stick a shiv in your ownneck.

  10. burtsimpson555 from Montreal
    30 Mar 2012, 4:25 pm

    I saw the Spirit at a special advanced screening in Montreal yesterdayevening… Wow! what a bore-fest! Granted, Frank Miller's style stillmakes for beautiful imagery, but Holy God, the man doesn't know thefirst thing about about the cinematic language! Some scenes go on like,what seems, forever! One scene in particular where the Spirit findshimself tied to a dentist chair while the Octopus and his sidekickDental Floss, or whatever the name of Scarlet Johansson's character is,talk and talk and talk for… at least twenty minutes! I'm kidding younot! See for yourself when it opens.

    There is no sense whatsoever of pacing or rhythm, scenes start abruptlyand close for no reason, without ever building or leading to somethingelse… The movie (or un-movie as I like to call it) is more like acollage of beautiful images. There is no real story, no real danger, nocharacters real enough to connect to.

    I'd like to tell you to skip it, but you'll have to see it for yourselfto believe how bad it is!…

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