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

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: PG

Runtime: 96 minutes


Budget: $45,000,000

Box Office Gross: $45,521,469
(Worldwide)


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
it.


Cast
Billy Zane - Kit Walker/The
Phantom
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
Dad
Bill Smitrovich - Dave Palmer

Crew
Director - Simon Wincer
Based on Characters - Lee Falk
Writer/Co-Producer - Jeffrey
Boam
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 Editor - O. Nicholas Brown
Music - David Newman


Review
The original greatest superhero 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, but a few big missteps did little to ruin the 1996 movie and only being prevented from making it into my top favourite superhero features and I hate to be harsh but let's talk the complaints. For the primary example, the opening was too short and feels like an intro to an action television cartoon, the story is getting too simpler and there's not much romantic elements basically on 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 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 performing role as the title character and there's an interesting trivia of why director James Cameron chose him in TITANIC (click here) because he loved his acting.

It isn't the picture that was favourable that I thought of it when watching a long time ago on VHS and I know some people didn't like it when comparing it to the Indiana Jones series, THE PHANTOM is an old-fashioned, understated and professional movie that is overtaking and fun enough to be watched by anyone who have many knowledge and experience of the old comics and it could be the only tribute of the 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.

    -James

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