The Spirit

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2008
The Spirit


Adapted from the legendary comic strip, THE SPIRIT is a classic action-adventure-romance told by genre-twister FRANK MILLER (creator of 300 and SIN CITY). It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as the SPIRIT (Gabriel Macht) to fight crime from the shadows of Central City. His arch-enemy, the OCTOPUS (Samuel L. Jackson) has a different mission: he’s going to wipe out Spirit’s beloved city as he pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central 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 our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are ELLEN DOLAN (Sarah Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next-door; SILKEN FLOSS (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; PLASTER OF PARIS (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer; LORELEI (Jaime King), a phantom siren; and MORGENSTERN (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop. Then of course, there’s SAND SAREF (Eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She’s the love of his life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him?

Dove Review

This movie is action-packed but is also loaded with violence. The premise of the movie revolves around the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) of the former rookie cop who died returning to fight crime. It’s imaginative, but the revenge card is one that is sometimes overused. His greatest enemy is Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) who does make a formidable opponent. He plans to wipe out the city. As the Spirit fights the scum of the city, he meets some beautiful women along the way who have various motives, including loving him or killing him.

The story includes an Angel of Death and the violence level climbs as the movie continues. Due to the excessive violence and strong language, as well as the sex and nudity categories crossing our level of acceptability, we cannot award our Dove Seal to this movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: Passionate kissing and several sexual innuendos.
Language: GD-11; J-1; D-14; H-15; A-8; SOB-3; G/OMG-5; Slang for testicles-1
Violence: A lot of violence with some blood, including characters shot; woman robbed by knife and gun; spirit knocks several characters around; tire tracks on man's face after he is run over; suicidal gunshot; character killed and blood seen on mouth; prong thrown through character's shoulder; sword run through character; kitten dies and eyeballs seen; corpse seen.
Drugs: Drinking in a few scenes; drug references; pipe smoking.
Nudity: Strong Cleavage; bare midriffs; bare bottom of woman; photo copy of woman's rear; side view of woman's breast briefly shown; shirtless men.
Other: Talk of stolen jewelery; angel of death seen several times in film.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Frank Miller and Will Eisner
Director: Frank Miller
Genre: Action
Runtime: 103 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter