An average Joe (Travolta) sees his life turned upside-down when he mysteriously becomes a genius overnight. Also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall.
Directed by Jon Turteltaub
Phenomenon is a surprisingly entertaining film from director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), featuring strong performances from the entire cast, led by John Travolta. Starring as George, Travolta brings a particular charm and and a relatable humanity to a character and a situation that would seem silly in the hands of a less capable actor.
After seeing a bright light, George suddenly becomes a super genius, able to learn at an incredible rate and invent advanced technology. He also exhibits telekinesis, the power to move things with his mind. This would make a rather unbelieveable premise, but director Turteltaub is skilled enough to make this all work without seeming unreal.