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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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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 ›
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.
I think a much better SPAWN movie could be done now that the technology has vastly improved.
But is SPAWN a flawed vehicle to begin with? I went back and read some of the original run... it didn't really grab me a a reader. I read some of the McFarlane work on Spiderman... and that was good back then (I read it back in the 90s). Sure some if was dark, but it still was a nice take on the iconic character. When McF went on and created SPAWN... it seemed like the reader would get the best of both worlds. Something edgy, yet still mainstream. SPAWN ended up being way too dark.
In the film world... I think if they focused on making SPAWN a combination of a Batman/Spiderman-type of character... that it could be really popular. He could be as popular as any of those other mainstream characters.
The problem is that McFarlane seems to want to go in a darker direction with his character, and this limits the potential of the property. I think SEVEN is a phenomenal movie... one of the best... but taking SPAWN in this direction does a disservice to the potential of the character.
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The movie is terrible and cheesy, not really a comedy so it doesn't get a free pass.Published 9 days ago by dayman13
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 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This movie takes the story and throws it out the window, and adds in ridiculous acting, aling with pretty bad special effects. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
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