Monday, April 22, 2013

Jason versus Phantoms

Took a leap from the 80s to the 90s with my latest cinematic trip down memory lane. I actually caught Phantoms while living in Australia -- Melbourne to be exact -- and kinda dug it. Do I still dig it today? Let's find out.

150 dead and 350 missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado. And that's only the beginning . . . But don't worry. Ben Affleck is here to save the day. And some hack actor named Peter O'Toole.

Truth be told, and Affleck-is-the-bomb jokes aside, Phantoms is a pretty decent little B-movie. I have never read the book, so can't compare the two. As a Basement viewing experiences, this flick has it all.

Sure, the first 20 minutes are the most creepy, as hotties Joanna Going and Rose McGowan discover that Snowfield isn't all its cracked up to be. Throw in cops BAff, Liev Schreiber and Nicky Katt and you've got yourself a party.

Yes, things derail a bit when O'Toole, the military and talk of an ancient enemy come into play. Then the gooey tentacles and giant monster show up. But you know what, if you need to forgo scares for gooey tentacles and giant monsters, I'm down with that. And these scenes really deliver the goods. In spades!

Phantoms is a long way from art, but it's a fuck of a good time. I liked the scares, I dug the monster, and the hotties and O'Toole are fun to watch. And you know what, Affleck is the bomb in this movie. He's a decent actor, always has been. You can see that here amongst the B-movie goodness.

Phantoms is the bomb. I'm giving it a Good.
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