MOVIE REVIEW: “Phenomenon” stars John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Grease), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer [TV series], Gamer), Forest Whitaker (The Butler, Platoon), Robert Duvall (The Judge, Jack Reacher), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption), Richard Kiley (Jurassic Park, Patch Adams), David Gallagher (Super 8, 7th Heaven [TV series]), Ashley Buccille (Tumbleweeds, Deal of a Lifetime), and Tony Genaro (Tremors, Anger Management [movie]). The movie follows an average guy named George Malley (Travolta) who becomes one of the smartest people on the planet when he is blinded by a bright light on his birthday. He begins to read a lot of books and learn many different things, and even making his own inventions. What seems like a breakthrough soon takes a dark turn when the people of George’s town become afraid of him and the FBI gets involved.
This movie sure was something. When it comes to plot, this movie is….okay. What I have come to see about this movie is that it doesn’t really have a huge story arc. Really, all you are seeing is a guy getting powers and what he can do with them. And with that being said, the plot can be a hit or miss with people. To me, it is more of a problem, but I’ll talk more about that when I get to the cons. The acting was great, with an array of big stars. They all give really good performances and you can really connect with their characters. I liked the setting of this film, with a little town area being where it was shot. There are two cons that I can say about this film. The first would have to deal with the plot. Half of this movie felt like it was missing something. That really has to do with the very simple storyline. I thought it was interesting seeing what George can do, but after you get the whole gist of it, you see more of his powers for another hour and a half when really I wanted to see some sort of branching off to a bigger storyline. This movie does have good scenes in the first half, but there are a lot of dull ones too. The middle to ending made a huge improvement, especially with George breaking down after a while. It made it a lot more interesting and the characters improved in how you feel towards them. The last con that I have is that some parts didn’t seem necessary. I thought this movie was more about George, and while you want to see more of what he has to go through, the movie shows scenes of other characters. While some of them are needed (Robert Duvall’s bar scene), some just are to explain a joke and just take up time (Forest Whitaker trying to speak Portuguese). Overall, this movie was okay. I didn’t think that it was Burnt Popcorn because it made up towards the middle and I feel that if I watched it again, I may appreciate it more. I think anyone should give this movie a try and see what they think. FINAL SCORE: 74%= Juicy Popcorn
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