The 21st successor to the role of Bengalla's resident superhero must travel to New York to prevent a rich madman from obtaining three magic skulls that would give him the secret to ultimate power.
I kind of remember watching Defenders of the Earth a few times as a kid and thinking The Phantom was the best character in it, and I was sure I'd seen this film before remembering it as so bad it was good, but absolutely nothing in it seemed to jog my memory.
It's all a bit shit actually :-(
Even the parts that should be really cool (in a geeky sort of way) like riding a white horse through the jungle whilst firing a pistol.. it's just.. bad. There didn't seem to be an awful lot of fun being had by anyone in the cast. The acting is really, really awful, to the point that my eyeballs instantly dried over…
The Ghost Who Walks
I love that! Based on the old comic strip Billy Zane does a pretty good job with a limited character. The movie itself is flawed but fun to watch.
The Phantom is a movie about a pulp hero in a purple suit that must save the world from a unscrupulous rich guy that is seeking three ancient and powerful skull relics.
Things start out kinda neat. I don't mind cheesy pulp nonsense - actually, I kinda love it - so all the stuff at the beginning in the jungle with the Evil Indiana Jones was good. I also like all the stuff he pulls with animals and the way they integrate somewhat into the action.
Slowly the movie starts falling apart, though. Billy Zane himself doesn't really help matters as he has almost no charisma. It seems like he was cast mostly to look muscly in a purple leotard.…
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I enjoyed this. It would make an enjoyable triple-bill along with The Rocketeer and Captain America.
A worthy Blu-Ray purchase-- especially considering it's a budget title.
I know. I know. Go ahead and say it. I've caught plenty of flack for liking this movie so you probably can't say anything I haven't heard before, but I LOVE this film. It's got an extra side of cheese with the action, but that's why I love it so much. It's got that cheesy old movie feel with some great action and even better lines. No, you won't come out philosophically challenged by seeing it (perhaps the only challenge is to wonder why someone would wear a purple suit like that) but I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
This is definitely one of those films you don't purposefully seek out, but if it just happens to be on then you think "ok, why not?". It's basically Zorro in the Jungle with a bad taste in clothing. And Billy Zane.
Ok, ok, you got me - I watched it because I thought it was actually Phantoms with Ben Affleck...
The Phantom is an underrated and oft overlooked pulp fiction adaption that borrows plenty of inspiration from the likes of Indiana Jones and a bygone era of movie making. Zane is incredibly pleasant in the lead, refreshing for a superhero movie, and delivers a stellar performance as The Phantom himself. Overall, the movie perfectly captures the tone of the comics and is a prime example of delightful escapism.
I'm still waiting for a 'Phantom' film which respects the comic-books.
A little bit of fun that sees Billy Zane camp it up as the African Ghost who Walks. Overall it is nothing special and there feels like there is a lot of history that could have been explored if the film making world was not all about money then it could have been made in to a series, it would certainly have been a better series than the Librarian films but if you liked that style then this will work for you. There is alsoa bit of an Indiana Jones knock off.
When I first saw this in theaters, I absolutely HATED it. As a matter of fact, it was the first and only movie I have ever walked out on. Fast forward to today, and I thoroughly enjoy it.
The Phantom is one of those films that you either love or hate. In my case, I loved it. Billy Zane plays Kit Walker/The Phantom aka The ghost who walks. Zane is perfectly cast in the role, and he gives a great performance. Treat Williams stars as the films antagonist Xander Drax, a powerful business man who is bent on destroying the world. The Phantom must do everything to stop Drax from achieving his goal.The Phantom is a seriously underrated action film. Sure the film is cheesy and has flaws, the dialogue is cheesy as well but. But for what it's worth, The Phantom is a thrilling, underrated film that really doesn't get the attention it deserves. A decent cast…
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Co-starring 26 year old Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Goofy fun with fairly good stunts and a little better humor than I remembered.