Will Eisner‘s superhero comic strip series becomes a dazzling cinematic joyride courtesy of the creator’s longtime friend and colleague, Frank Miller, who utilizes the same green-screen method that brought “Sin City” to life to create a stark and highly stylized film noir world. Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) was a highly decorated Central City cop until he was gunned down while on the job; mysterious comic book-ish circumstances have him resurrected as The Spirit, a masked crimefighter sporting a startling red tie and a superhuman resistance to pain and injury. He takes on the various criminals of Central City, including The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), a former coroner turned psychotic mastermind who works his nefarious schemes with the lovely (and only slightly less insane) scientist, Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson); The Spirit’s latest mission is made all the more complicated by the sudden appearance of his childhood sweetheart turned femme fatale, Sand Serif (Eva Mendes), and the ever-looming presence of Lorelei Rox (Jamie King), the Angel of Death who’s determined to claim the only man who ever somehow escaped her grasp. “The Spirit” had been in development since the 1970s, when William Friedkin obtained the rights to the character and approached Eisner to write the screenplay; despite its initial critical and commercial failure, the film has since gained its own second life via a cult following upon its release on Blu-ray and DVD. – IFC Staff