Movie Stats & Links
||Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen, Theresa
Randle, D.B. Sweeney
New Line Cinema
Some quality violence so it's your call.
Only if she likes dark setting movies.
No real blood, but lots of pretend stuff.
Some good scenes.
Clown has lots of dark one-liners.
Nothing really comes to mind.
Clown in standing in front of Wanda and says something
like: "It's times like these I appreciate being a midget."
and another clown line "How come God hogs up all the good
fellas and we get all the retards."
Mark A.Z. Dippe
I still don't know what to make of "Spawn." It was cool, but still
kind of stupid (at least in my religious mind), but I guess in taking
the movie for what it is, an adaptation of a comic book I haven't
read, it wasn't bad, just maybe over the top.
A Movie Review
The story of "Spawn" goes something like this: Michael Jai White
plays Al Simmons, your super secret government agency killing
machine. He's great at his job, but other forces are screwing with
him. He wants out of the agency, but his boss, Jason Wynn played by
Martin Sheen, convinces him to stage one more job. Yea, you got it
right, it's a set-up, and poor Al ends up dead. Well, Al loves his
wife, Wanda (Theresa Randle) more than life itself, and makes this
pact with the devil to lead his army if he can come back to life and
see his wife. So, the devil hooks him up with some pretty cool powers
and sends him back to life to see his wife, it's just too bad our boy
Al is all disfigured. So, Al is also supposed to seek revenge on Mr.
Wynn for setting him up, and he's being coerced into all of this by
Clown (John Leguizamo), who is one of the devil's henchmen. Well,
Al's back alive, sort of, with these new powers, but the good person
in Al starts to come through, and this is led by Cogliostro (Nicol
Williamson). So, Al, or as he is now, Spawn, has to do some
soul-searching and decide if he wants to be on the side of good or
evil. Guess which side he ends up on?
Now, as off the wall as the story may go, if there is one thing that
would be a reason to see this film it is for the special effects, and
Clown. First off, the crazy Spawn suit and make-up that Michael Jai
White has to endure is pretty incredible. Since it didn't really take
too long for Al to get toasted in the set-up explosion, I can only
imagine the hours of make-up and being trapped in a body tight suit
had to be like. Then there are the effects going along with that
suit. You've got chains with grasping claws flying all of the place,
and this really huge cape that can make Spawn fly, turn into armor
for a motorcycle, turn into this really big spike, and make Spawn
blend into a building. And, if that's what hell is like (although the
army guys seemed to be happy, at least until Spawn started killing
them, but aren't they already dead, I'm sorry, I'm confused), I'm
changing my ways and heading back to church. The devil is one scary
ass dude, and all that fire and stuff - I have got to end up
someplace air conditioned!
So, the effects were cool, and Spawn did a pretty decent job as a
superhero, but Clown was really the show stopper, although most of it
was all low-key, subtle humor that still gave hell a bad name. John
Leguizamo, well, you couldn't tell it was him, did this great job of
being just a total smart ass in trying to twist the fates of Jason
Wynn, Al/Spawn, and start the end of the world. But, as best plans
go, he had to contend with a guy sentenced to hell, but then somehow
able to change sides.
Well, the religious person in me is now happy knowing that I can
make a deal with the devil and go back on my word, because that's
essentially what Spawn did. I'm also confused about this whole being
dead but still being able to be killed thing. I guess I need to quit
second guessing the religious aspect of the movie and take it for
what it is, an adaptation of a comic book and not the bible. As far
as a story goes, I would have to give Spawn a 1 1/2 star. But, the
effects and make-up in this movie were some of the best I've seen in
a long time - they would rank 4 1/2 stars. So, let's average the two
and give "Spawn" 3 stars. It would be a shame to waste the effects by
waiting for this movie to make it to video or cable, but it's also
really a tough movie to sit through, at least for me.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right! L8R!