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The SPIRIT

Adapted from the Will Eisner`s graphic novels, "The Spirit" tells the story of a man who fakes his own death and fights crime from the shadows of Central City. The Octopus, who kills anyone who are unfortunate enough to see his face, has other plans - to wipe out the entire city. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill the masked crusader.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 25 Dec 2008
Genre: Action / Thriller / Science Fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Gabriel Macht, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes
Director: Frank Miller
Format: NA

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Writer: Lai Swee Wei

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Watch this if you liked: “Sin City"

Quote from the fact sheet: "In the vein of BATMAN BEGINS and SIN CITY, THE SPIRIT takes us on a sinister, gut-wrenching ride with a hero who is born, murdered and born again". Hold up, are you kidding me? This film is nothing close to gut-wrenching, it's more side-splitting than anything else. Moreover, names like The Octopus, Silken Floss, and Plaster of Paris is already warming up the laugh-o-meter.

Based on Will Eisner's comic book series, "The Spirit" is Frank Miller's debut as a director and is on its way to what could be the most hilarious movie of the year! No joke - well in my books, that is. Tongue firmly in its cheek, this noir crime comedy (as I'd like to call it) will bust a rib or two with its crazy humorous script. "Die Spirit, die! Die like Star Trek!" as said by The Octopus played by Samuel L. Jackson. The film is occasionally accompanied with cheesy and corny lines. One would expect scenes in the film to be a little more serious and action packed, but no, it hardly ever is.

The Octopus is an immortal villain who has some serious personal issues with eggs and wants to kill The Spirit who is also an immortal being. However, hatred is not what drives him, it's the obsession he has for power. Thus, killing The Spirit is his best option, so that when he drinks the blood of Heracles, he shall be only one capable of being God, or at least the next best thing. Sand Saref (Eva Mendez) on the other hand, is The Spirit's old flame and she is somehow mixed into the whole shenanigan. The fighting sequence isn't what you would expect from two immortal beings. It comes across as mere child's play, thrown in with a few silly jokes. How unexpected is that?

Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johanson, Eva Mendez play their characters well. However, Gabriel Macht who plays The Spirit is rather dull and very disappointing for a titular character.

The visual style of the film is attractive and creative, never letting you forget that you are in a comic world. However, sometimes the effects can be rather hard to appreciate due to the dark atmosphere. This could be the director wanting to just focus on the actors and not the background. On another note, the character's costumes are so strangely mixed and matched. The Spirit wears a black trenchcoat with fedora and sneakers, while Jackson's jedi robes seem to be recycled to save on the film's budget and then he wears a samurai outfit in the next scene. What gives?

Overall, "The Spirit" is a dumbed down movie but still worth watching for the laughs. Feel free to try and get into the spirit!

Cinema Online, 25 December 2008
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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