The Phantom, descendent of a line of African superheroes, travels to New York City to thwart a wealthy criminal genius from obtaining three magic skulls which would give him the secret to ultimate power.
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Four hundred years ago, a young boy witnessed his father's death during an attack on their ship by the bloodthirsty Sengh Brotherhood. He was washed ashore on Bengalla Island where he swore to devote his life to bring down piracy, greed, cruelty and injustice. He became The Phantom, a masked avenger whose role was passed down for father to son, leading people to believe in an immortal figure called "The Ghost Who Walks". The 21st successor to the role of Bengalla's resident superhero must travel to New York City to prevent a power-hungry businessman from obtaining three magic skulls that would give him the secret to ultimate power. Written by
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The story takes place in 1938/39 (just before the United States entered World War II). This is taken from the fact that Kit told Diana that it had been six years since they had last seen each other, and that Kit's father was killed by Quill in 1932, which can be seen on his tomb marker in the cave when Kit places the gun belt that he retrieved on it at the end of the movie. Another indicator of the year is the banner hanging at the entrance to the Museum of World History (it says 1939). See more »
During the chase scene between the Phantom (on a horse) and two Police officers on motorcycles, when the bullets fired from the officers' pistols hit the nearby trees, they produce sparks. See more »
There is opportunity in chaos. I give you...
[He holds up a metal skull to show everyone]
... the skull of Touganda.
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An old-fashioned adventure yarn is the best description of this modern-day comic book-hero-come to life-story. This almost like one of those early Tim Burton directed-Batman type adventures without all the darkness. The language is mild (as it should be in these type of films), the special-effects are decent and the sound is good. Best of all is the scenery, some beautiful landscapes filmed in Thailand and Australia.
Instead of the city being where our comic book hero performs his heroics, this is out in the jungle, more like an Indiana Jones-type story. It's fast-moving, it's hokey, it's unrealistic but its generally fun to watch. Even the villain ("Xander Drax" played by Treat Williams) isn't really all nasty.
The Phantom (Billy Zane) has the normal off-and-on corny romance situation with feminist-journalist (does Hollywood know any other kind?) "Diana Palmer" (Kristy Swanson) and the film gives you an entertaining 100 minutes. It's no award-winner but at least it's something you watch with your kids.
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