Phantom [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Ryan Carnes plays Chris Mooore, who lives with people he thinks are his parents. Like Luke Skywalker his past is kept secret and then one day he comes home, finds his legal guardians killed by the bad guys and vows revenge. Like Spiderman, he also likes the redhead next door. And there is a corporate meeting which reminded me of the one in Kill Bill.
Chris Moore has lost his memory and doesn't know he is the Phantom, although he does like to jump around the roofs of buildings. Once he is arrested, his DNA goes out on the Interpol network and he is discovered by the Good Guys and the Bad Guys, the Singh. Eventually Chris assumes the role of the Phantom and uses his new high tech bullet proof suit. It turns out his dad died from cancer (must have been those purple dyed asbestos fibers in the old suit). The bad guys have a weapon called "Flicker" or Flickr for you Yahoos or Flicka for you cowboys. This device uses digital TV to turn people into Manchurian Candidates, who will keep the war machine going and the arms dealers rich.
The movie doesn't have long drawn out action scenes. It is long on dialogue and building characters. If this is the first in a series. i.e. an introduction of characters, they did a good job. However, if this is it, you might wait until you have 3 hours to kill on a movie that is more carrot on a stick than action.
The Kit Walker was the only survivor of a Pirate attack, he is washed up on shore of Bengal, and taken in and trained by the local Bandar tribe. He becomes the original Phantom then his children follow him in this quest creating the illusion of an immortal, a "Ghost who Walks".
This story follows the 22nd Phantom. Christopher Moor is an athletic daredevil. 24 Years old and has a scholarship in one of the more prestigious law universities in the country. That changes when he is told his is really Kit Walker and the last living heir to the Phantom legacy.
The reason I like this modernisation is because they use smart and effective use of modern technology. I said earlier that I hated the new costume. This is not completely true. I like the fact that is body armour but I think they should have kept the original mask. I would have also liked the have had more action but I understand why they on a limited budget could not go over the top. One thing that did do well is that fact that despite Kits natural abilities and martial arts training he has to me retrained (in survival and thinking fast in combat situations) into the Phantom. The only down side is I think this was made as a pilot to a series and was not picked up, which is very disappointing for a fan like me. That is the only reason I took away one star. I wish there was a sequel, but I will take what I can get. Well worth a watch.
As for the 1943 moving pictures serial, which can cumulate nicely into a lengthy movie, the portrayal of the Phantom therein, much closer to his image in the comics, differs almost entirely from the 2009 film. I especially miss Devil, the Phantom's trusty, clever, and valiant canine companion (a wonderfully well trained hound, beautiful German shepherd that he was), playing a significant and endearing role way back then in the 1943 production. Kit Walker, the Phantom in the 2009 movie, whose adventures and exploits are more prevailingly urban, has no animal helpers like Devil (a grey mountain wolf in the comics) or the Phantom's steed, Hero.Read more ›
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It passes a couple of hours. The disc arrived in good condition. No prolems.Published 1 month ago by Aslam Khan
This takes forever to get going and even longer for our Hero to put on the Famous Suit,but when it kicks off properly its worth staying with.Published 15 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff