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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Gabriel Macht
Samuel L Jackson
Scarlett Johansson
Eva Mendes
Jaime King
Paz Vega
Directors
Frank Miller
Screenwriters
Frank Miller
Running Time
102 minutes

The Spirit
It’s Scarlett Johansson in a nurses outfit. Take that, Citizen Kane!


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The Spirit

Plot
Murdered cop Denny Colt, mysteriously returned to life, protects Central City as its masked hero, the Spirit. Jewel thief Sand Serif, Denny’s childhood sweetheart, competes with the Octopus, a master crook who shares the Spirit’s invulnerability and knows the secret of Denny’s resurrection, to obtain a mythical treasure.


Verdict
This settles onto a shelf with Dick Tracy, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Doc Savage – The Man of Bronze and The Shadow: displaying admirable love for pulp material and striking enviably sexy poses, but missing the emotional resonance, zeitgeist-catching populism and mainstream thrills which found movie franchises.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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