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The Spirit (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Fantasy  |  25 December 2008 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Gerrity ...
Detective Sussman
Arthur the Cat ...
Kimberly Cox ...
Damsel in Distress
Thug 1 (as Brian Lucero)
Thug 2 (as David B. Martin)
Larry Reinhardt-Meyer ...
Officer MacReady
Pathos, etc.


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 {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Will Eisner's The Spirit  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,463,278 (USA) (26 December 2008)


$19,781,879 (USA) (16 January 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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The Spirit: All the enemy has is gun to knives. I have the entire city as my weapon.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the title of the film is the very last thing shown. Typically, the title appears early in the credits, and "directed by" is the final credit. See more »


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Falling in Love Again
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Produced by Linda Perry
Written by Friedrich Hollaender and Samuel Lerner
Christina Aguilera appears courtesy of Sony/BMG Music Entertainment
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I really WANTED to like this... But...
1 January 2009 | by (maryland) – See all my reviews

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

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

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

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

The other ones didn't get to do anything, except there are moments of irritating joy in the Octopuss' creations. The Spirit gets a 4 out of 10 for not actualizing the film that it could have been. It is a pass.

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