4.8/10
55,966
298 user 224 critic

The Spirit (2008)

Trailer
2:26 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $5.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (comic book series)
Reviews
Popularity
3,956 ( 474)
2 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Face my power. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Will Eisner's The Spirit  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,463,278, 28 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,781,879, 18 January 2009
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In July 2004, financier OddLot Entertainment acquired the rights to the film. OddLot's producers Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete began a collaboration with Michael E. Uslan, Benjamin Melniker, and Steven Maier working at Batfilm Productions, to adapt the story. Will Eisner, who was protective of the rights to his creations, said that he believed in the producers to faithfully adapt The Spirit. In April 2005, comic-book writer Jeph Loeb was hired to adapt The Spirit for the big screen, but the writer eventually left the project. Later in April, Uslan approached Frank Miller at Will Eisner's memorial service in New York City several weeks after Miller's Sin City was released in theaters, interested in initiating the adaptation technique with Miller's film for The Spirit. Miller had initially hesitated, doubting his skill in adapting The Spirit, but ultimately embraced his first solo project as writer-director.

Miller described his decision-making:

'The only thought in my mind was, "It's too big-I can't possibly do it." And I refused. And about three minutes later as I was at the doorway, I turned around and said, "Nobody else can touch this," and I agreed to the job on the spot.' See more »

Goofs

When Denny Colt is on the table in the morgue, you can clearly see the outline of the makeup effects around his "wounds". See more »

Quotes

Silken Floss: What a fine detective. You followed the breadcrumbs right to us.
See more »

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 »


Soundtracks

Deutschland Uber Alles
Performed by Captain Helmut Witten and the German Airforce Band
Written by Joseph Haydn
Courtesy of Legacy International
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Disappointing
26 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

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

I kept waiting for the story to intrigue me and for the characters to develop. I watched a couple of people walk out of the theater about an hour through... Finally, I checked the time (never a good sign when you're watching a movie), only to discover that the movie was nearly over, and there would be no chance for redemption.

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

Bottom line, I rarely see movies in the theater because it's expensive! For three people, we spent over $50 in downtown Seattle for this experience, and it was so disappointing. I hate to waste that much money on such a poorly written, boring movie. My recommendation is to skip 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 comes out on DVD.


252 of 341 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 298 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Kevin Smith's Top 3 Sundance Movies in 90 Seconds

Kevin Smith reveals his favorite Sundance movies of all time. Plus, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz shares some "secret" information about his new spy-thriller series, "Counterpart."

Watch now