Monday, 15 April 2013

The Phantom Review

The Phantom

Release Date: 26th September 1996 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures
Village Roadshow Pictures
The Ladd Company

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: PG

Runtime: 96 minutes

Budget: $45,000,000

Box Office Gross: $45,521,469

Plot Summary
The story begins as an
lands on the island of
Bengalla, seeking the
legendary skulls of
Touganda. Believed to
harness an energy force
of incalculable power,
the skulls could spell
disaster for mankind.
And that's exactly what
ruthless tycoon Xander
Drax has in mind...
unless one man can save

Billy Zane - Kit Walker/The
Treat Williams - Xander Drax
Kristy Swanson - Diana Palmer
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Sala
James Remar - Quill
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - The
Great Kabai Sengh
Patrick McGoohan - Phantom's
Bill Smitrovich - Dave Palmer
Casey Siemaszko - Morgan
David Proval - Charlie Zephro
Joseph Ragno - Ray Zephro
Samantha Eggar - Lily Palmer
Robert Coleby - Capt. Phillip Horton
Al Ruscio - Police Commissioner Farley
Leon Rossum - Mayor Krebs
Bernard Kates - Falkmore the Butler
John Capodice - Al the Cabby

Director - Simon Wincer
Based on Characters - Lee Falk
Writer/Co-Producer - Jeffrey
Executive Producers - Graham Burke,
Greg Coote, Joe Dante, Bruce Sherlock,
Peter Sjoquist & Richard Vane
Producers - Robert Evans &
Alan Ladd, Jr.
Production Designer - Paul Peters
Costume Designer - Marlene Stewart
Director of Photography - David Burr
Stunt Coordinator/Stunts - William H. Burton Jr.
Sword Master - Bob Anderson
Visual Effects Supervisor: Buena Vista Visual Effects -
Wally Schaab
Film Editors - O. Nicholas Brown &
Bryan H. Carroll
Music - David Newman

The original greatest superhero was made before Batman and appears only in newspaper comic strips, the film adaptation of THE PHANTOM is respectful enough to follow the spirit of Lee Falk's creation and shows its loyalty. A few big missteps did to have the 1996 movie being prevented from making it into my top favourite superhero features. I hate to be harsh on this movie but let's talk of the complaints. For the primary example, the opening was too short and feels like an intro to an action television serial and cartoon, the story is getting too simpler and there's not much romantic elements basically for the whole film.

Few of the film's flaws did hurt a little and on the brightness, the action scenes are remarkably done well and the cast are excessively good and chosen like Kristy Swanson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Patrick McGoohan and James Remar but two actors that stand-out in their roles include Treat Williams who plays Xander as a campy, yet threatening enemy to the Phantom and Billy Zane does a good, over-the-top performance as the title character and there's an interesting fact why director James Cameron chose him in TITANIC (click here) because he loved his acting.

It isn't the picture that was said to be thrilling as I thought of it when watching a long time ago on VHS and I know some people didn't like the film when comparing it to the more-worthy and acclaimed Indiana Jones series. THE PHANTOM is an old-fashioned and understated movie that is both overtaking and fun enough to be watched by anyone who has the knowledge and experience of the old comics and it could be the only tribute of the first classic crusader.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

1 comment:

  1. I remember watching many times when I was a kid but I haven't seen it in years. I should probably watch it again for some nostalgia, glad to hear it still holds up.