Spawn - The Director's Cut (New Line Platinum Series)
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An assassin, betrayed and murdered by his boss, receives the chance toreturn from Hell--if he helps Satan conquer the world as the Spawn.Basedon the comic book by Todd McFarlane, this action thriller tells thestory of the burnt, scarred, Hellspawn, who keeps performing heroicdeeds despite the best efforts of his demon guide and the unattainabletemptation to return to his former life.]]>
Spawn wages an inner battle between good and evil as he tries to come to terms with selling his soul and what it could mean for humankind. Despite excellent effects and great potential, Spawn seems to come up short. While White certainly displays verve in his characterization of the twisted hero, he cannot overcome some forced dialogue. On the flip side, the usually engaging John Leguizamo portrays the sinister Violator--an evil monster masquerading as a rotund, weird-looking clown--as an irritating lackey who spews overbearing sarcasm and incessantly banal one-liners. Admitted, many of Spawn's action sequences are fun, and the transitions effectively brisk, but more could have been done to explore how Simmons grapples with his humanity in these daunting circumstances. But if you want sizzling action sequences and digital effects, this film should keep you happy. --Bryan Reesman
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Spawn is based on a human man who works as a soldier that assassinates people for the government. When he realizes they are being used and wants to leave they decide his usefulness is ended. Meanwhile Satan is in the background waiting for this all to happen and when he is killed by his boss, he of course goes to hell and is made into a super powered spawn of the devil, hence Spawn. Spawn wants revenge on his boss and will do anything to get back to his wife and little girl. A pact with the devil gets him his wish, but not the way he thought. When he finds out his best friend married his wife after his death, he adds him to his list to kill. While all this is going on he meets a soldier of God and a demon who acts like a clown. The way he handles all this may be somewhat predictable, but still fun to watch.
I may be that this is the only Blu-ray version that exists for the film. Perhaps Mcfarlane couldn't strike a deal with New Line--who know's. Until then, my recommendation is to wait for the R version.
The film starts like a buzz saw. You are dumped right into the life of secret agent/assassin Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) as he destroys a planeload of people, realizes what he had done, and tries to leave the agency for whom he worked. Needless to say, his evil boss Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen) has no intention of letting him go. Wynn tricks Simmons into one 'last' assignment. It's a setup, and Simmons is toasted for real.
Suddenly (everything is sudden in this film) it is five years later. Simmons pops back into existence, looking like the aftermath of a nuclear explosion, with a severe memory shortage. A really gross clown (John Leguizamo) keeps trying to be his buddy, his best friend has married his girlfriend, and the only thing that remembers him is his dog - Spaz (I don't know who played the dog). This is a situation that can only get worse, and sure enough, that's what it does.
The basic plot turns on Simmons' (now called Spawn) moral progress. Hell has been tempting souls all over the world in order to create an army of badness. Now they want Spawn to be the general of that army and lead the last apocalyptic attack on heaven. In order to qualify, that have to play on Spawn's anger and thirst for vengeance until he does something so bad that he loses all his humanity. Of course, this involves killing most of the people in the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this movie as a kid and still do.,
Some of the effects aged poorly but the practical effects still look good.,
Such a great movie.
Love it. Watch it all the time.
Very pleased with the purchasing process, delivery, and product.
I will buy from this source again. Read more
Spawn is crazy good for being made in 1996, the same year Pac and my dad died. I love this movie. Great special affects and awesome plot but it needed to be longer and there needs... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reid V.i.P. Brown
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