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Denny Colt is a murdered cop who is mysteriously reborn as the masked crime fighter called the Spirit. Determined to keep his beloved Central City safe, the Spirit pursues Central City's villains from the shadows and seeks to remove to the worst of them all: the psychotic megalomaniac known as the Octopus.
Adventure Romantic - It's shot in a very comic bookish style with lots of computer
generated cityscape backgrounds and darkness. The Spirit narrates
much of the movie, explaining his love for the city he protects. He
has supernatural powers that keep him from being killed.
PROFANITY: No F-words or S-words, 12 GD's, quite a few milder words. SEX/NUDITY: One scene of female rear nudity for two seconds in a nonsexual context. VIOLENCE: Lots of violence throughout, some graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Many scenes of fighting with hands and guns. COMEDY: There are only a few scenes of mild humor.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 82 moviegoers:
TEENS: These are not the greatest reviews for a movie clearly
targeted at teens, especially males. Over half of both the males and
females, enjoyed "The Spirit," very much. Unfortunately, quite a few
were disappointed and some even disliked it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Very mixed reviews from both the males and the
females. Over half the males enjoyed it very much but quite a few were
disappointed and some hated it. The female reviews were even worse.
Proceed with caution if selecting this movie.
ADULTS: The male reviews are somewhat disappointing. Only a few
loved it, a few more enjoyed it very much and a few more didn't care for
it or hated it. The female reviews are even worse. Only one of the three
truly enjoyed it. Not recommended.
It's a moonlit night in Central City, and a call comes in to the Spirit (Gabriel Macht). Some sort of shady deal is about to go down at the mudflats near the waterfront, involving an old, sunken cargo ship and the city's most terrifying criminal, the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson). The Spirit leaps into action, but the Octopus is only too happy to battle him until both men are several steps beyond punch-drunk. Meanwhile, the Octopus' ice-cold accomplice, Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), is headed back to their underground headquarters with one of two mysterious treasures looted from the bottom of the sea.
As the smoke clears, one cop is dead and another is barely clinging to life. The Spirit should be dead too: he's been shot, knifed and kicked to kingdom come several times over. And while his steady sweetheart, top surgeon Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson) is there to stitch him back together, the Spirit knows he'll heal up just fine, and fast. What he doesn't know is why.
However, there's no time to ponder that riddle. As long as the Octopus is still at large, no one in Central City is safe. What's more, the Octopus wasn't the only person at the mudflats. There was a woman there, too, and all signs point to the same unlikely candidate: the alluring international jewel thief Sand Saref (Eva Mendes).
Sand Saref. The name alone can make the Spirit's heart skip a beat: a man's first love will do that to him. But that was long ago, back when Sand Saref and Denny Colt were just neighborhood kids. Before a tragedy came between them, and sent them on radically different paths in their lives. Sand had vowed never to return to Central City. Could the woman at the mudflats really have been her? And could the 'girl next door' that Denny knew really have become a woman capable of murder?
As another dead body turns up, the Spirit intensifies his search for his lost love. Meanwhile, the Octopus, Silken and their infinitesimal band of merry, identical henchmen (Louis Lombardi) are also on the hunt for the jewel thief, seeking an exchange of the treasures that brought them to the mudflats in the first place.
Once that exchange happens, the Octopus will be able to realize his master plan to control all of Central City. Only one man, the Spirit, can possibly stop him. But the Octopus knows more about our hero than he knows himself -- including not only the cause of his seeming immortality, but the cure for it.