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Review: Lackluster 'Sparks' puts the comic-book movie on a budget
Review: Lackluster 'Sparks' puts the comic-book movie on a budget

Out to prove that the comic-book movie needn't be mega-financed behemoths, the scrappy superhero-noir indie "Sparks" busks its 1940s saga of dark redemption with considerable visual energy, if not always coherence or competence. Starting with wounded, wanted vigilante Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) barging into a newspaper to report his own murder, the movie flashbacks — and flashbacks — to unravel a convoluted story stemming from a superpower-bestowing meteorite crash, Sparks' teaming with masked crime fighter Heavenly Lady (Ashley Bell), their search for a serial killer and the tragic early deaths of his parents. As in a lot of noir, the good do bad and...

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