Lost in Translation
Release Date: December 25, 2008
Starring: Gabriel Macht, Eva Mendes,
Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett
Johansson, Sarah Paulson, Dan
Lauria, Paz Vega, Eric
Balfour, Louis Lombardi, and
Genre: Science Fiction/Comic Book
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 108 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Frank Miller
Executive Producer: Benjamin Melniker, Steven
Maier, William Lischak,
Michael Burns, and Michael
Producer: Deborah Del Prete, Gigi
Pritzker and Michael E. Uslan
Writer: Frank Miller
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
Lionsgate AKA Lions Gate Films
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
The movie opens with a cliché voiceover by the hero, Denny Colt, aka The Spirit, about his love for Central City, which he protects from the bad guys. Denny is a murdered cop who mysteriously came back to life and now roams the streets as the city’s invincible hero who cannot die. As the Spirit, Denny works with the police commissioner and his beautiful daughter, Ellen, a doctor who helps Denny recover from more serious wounds.
One night, a policeman phones the Spirit to stop a plot by the fiendish Octopus and his gang. The Octopus is trying to steal a treasure from the Spirit’s high school flame, Sand Saref, who’s now an international jewel thief. Accompanying the Octopus is accompanied his female sidekick, Silken Floss, and a group of chubby, stupid clones that he has created in his lab.
During an intense fight, the Octopus tells the Spirit they share a secret. The secret apparently has something to do with the fact that the Octopus seems just as indestructible as The Spirit.
Octopus and his gang manage to steal only half of the treasure from Sand Saref, but they realize too late they got the wrong half. The Octopus wants a vase that Saref still has. The vase contains drops of blood from Heracles, or Hercules, the immortal son of Zeus who voyaged with Jason and the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece. Octopus believes that the thing that makes the Octopus and the Spirit invincible will make him all-powerful if he drinks the blood of Hercules. Of course, the other half of the treasure, which the Octopus now has, is the actual Golden Fleece itself.
Can the Spirit stop his arch-enemy’s plan to rule the world? What will happen to the Golden Fleece? Will the commissioner’s daughter lose the Spirit’s heart to his old flame? Will this corny story never end?
Visually, THE SPIRIT is like a beautiful-looking comic book come to life. The complexity behind the images and characters, however, is never duplicated by the main story, the dialogue or the acting. Everything is played way over the top.
THE SPIRIT contains plenty of strong action violence, some very strong violence, a shot of rear female nudity, and foul language. Also, although the Spirit has a steady girlfriend in the commissioner’s daughter, the movie often alludes to the fact that the Spirit likes to play the field. Other than his playboy tendencies, however, the hero has a strong sense of moral duty, of saving the city and its people from evil villains. That said, this movie is more silly than profound, memorable or fun.
Visually, THE SPIRIT is like a beautiful-looking comic book come to life. Otherwise, however, it’s deliberately, extremely corny. It’s so corny that it’s hard to take the movie seriously as either an action movie or a comedy. Despite some moral elements, the movie has plenty of strong action violence, some very strong violence, a shot of rear female nudity, some sensuality, and foul language. THE SPIRIT is not meant to be very profound, but it’s not much fun either.