An assassin names Al Simmons is double-crossed and murdered by his evil boss Jason Wynn. Al makes a deal with the devil and returns to earth as spawn to see his wife. He is ordered by the devil's minion, the clown, to kill Wynn.
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Rotten: There's no suspense, no emotional involvement with the characters, and the cynical, sophomoric storytelling is confusing.
- Andy Seiler, USA Today, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Rotten: It's simply a parade of toys and tricks, without a jot of playfulness, knowing humour or campery to endear itself.
- Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine, Monday, July 12, 2010
I really liked this despite many problems with the film. The look is great, like the comic its very dark, gothic and grim. The rain comes down in sheets and the mist swirls around about the night whilst 'Spawn' leaps around in his fantastic looking 'living' suit. The other fantasy based creatures are also really well created, 'Clown' especially...very dark, humorous and quite chilling. Leguizamo played him brilliantly swinging from nasty, vicious and cheeky with the bat of an eyelid. Best thing about the film easily. 'Violator' is also pretty cool looking in life size model form yet like a lot of the film the CGI version is pretty lame and ruins it. CGI is a problem with this film as its loaded with it, almost everything is CGI and frankly not much is any good. It ranges from excellent on 'Spawns' cape to poor videogame type visuals on most other things. Hell being the worst with a terrible looking 'Malebolgia' and very plain unexciting looking backdrops which look like a school kid created it at home. The acting is hammy and in general its very cheesy. This film yearns to be harder and more violent (like the comic). It is dark and 'Crow' like for sure but its so watered down its quite painful. Despite that it does have a certain charm which appeals to me, its dark 'Batman' like world with hellish creatures and brooding anti heroes still manages to be enjoyable. 'Spawn' being a very likeable character, 'Wynn' is also suitably creepy, 'Bishop' is changed to a female for some reason but pretty hot with some nice gun/blade action and altogether with a thumping soundtrack this is a reasonable film. But I still wonder what it could of been, what it could of achieved had it been made for adults as it should of been. Visually its pleasing if you like this kind of thing and it still beats 'Ghost Rider' any day of the week.
- phubbs1, Saturday, July 28, 2012
I thought Spawn was such a cool film as a kid, but remembering it now and having to review it, it is very flawed.....it has poor acting and a poor plot. One thing that is still cool to this day is when Spawn drops in the ballroom at the end and starts fighting......bad ass.
- fb729949618, Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I remember seeing this in the theatre and liking it. However as the years past by, I realized how lame this film really is. Spawn is the perfect example of a film that was a missed opportunity. By today's standards, the film looks dated like hell. I think its really too bad that this had to happen, because the idea of Spawn is really a cool one. But the result of the film is one that leaves very mixed emotions about the finished product. I think it's a great shame because the concept of Spawn is terrific. The so called "talent" that graces the film is absolutely wasted and a lot of it is very silly. Also the special effects look like crap, and the film looks like crap overall. I know the film is nearing fifteen years old, and all that CGI was advanced back then. But with a plateau of action films that have since been released, well Spawn looks awful by comparison. The film is a mix of action and horror, and sometimes offbeat, eccentric humor. This could have been something really, really cool. But instead it's a dud. I watched a few years back, and I was appalled at how bad the film was. Well there were a few cool things about it, but for the most part, the film is terrible. The acting and story are quite sloppy, and it makes you realize that this film is in dire need of a reboot. The filmmakers had a terrific opportunity to do something great, but it falls flat and the film ends up being forgettable. This is a dated action horror film with bad acting, a bad script and is simply a wasted opportunity to have created one terrific film. Spawn doesn't work, and it really does show its age.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, August 24, 2011