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Teen Critic Finds the Spirit Dull


Gabriel Macht stars as The Spirit (Lionsgate)

By Janeane White

I found The Spirit (opened December 25 throughout San Diego) to be extremely dull. I thought I was walking in to see a film that was made to look like the film Sin City and have all sort of action and amazing fight scenes and an awsome story. I was sadly let down. This movie was about a guy called the Spirit who watches over Central City and takes care of the criminals so that the police don't have to. He once was a cop but died and came back to life. Now helps the cops. From his former life there was a girl that he liked when he was a kid but she ran away to be rich and powerful. She comes back because there's something shiny she wants that the villan has. The villan was a guy named Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson). He has eight of everything apparently. He is also a scientist who creates freaks of nature to try and achieve immortality. The key ingrident that he needs was being held by a girl named San Serif (Eva Mendes) who also happens to be the Spirit's old flame.


I couldn't stand this movie. In the movie Sin City certain objects would be lit up and glow in complete contrast to the rest of the setting and whatever was chosen to glow would glow flawlesly for the entire film. In this movie the Spirit's red tie and the bottoms of his shoes were chosen to glow but they would only glow some of the time instead of all the time. It made me think why would it stand out at all if it only showed sometimes. It made me think what is the reason for people to be drawn towards this guy's feet and his chest in some scenes and not others. This annoyed me. Usually I find this affect to be actually pretty cool and unique because it isn't used all the time. I was disappointed in the fact that they didn't use it properly. Another thing that caught my eye was the fact that I thought this movie would be serious and instead I found that the creators were trying to make it more of a comedy. The lines that were said and the scenes shown revealed that they were trying to make this movie funny rather then suspenseful or thrilling.

I didn't find The Spirit (rated PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity) to be entertaining and I don't recommend that you waste your time and money to go see it. I was bored with it and personally didn't want to sit down and see the whole thing.

& --Janeane White is a senior at Mount Miguel High School. She enjoys movies and spends all her time at the theater. She is also interested in special effects makeup done in the movies. She is an honors student and is currently working towards early graduation. Some of her favorite movies include Queen of the Damned, Hellboy, The Descent, the Underworld series, and the Saw series.