Review: Phantom



Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Duration: 147 minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 28-AUG-2015

Phantom is a political thriller that unfolds across various countries around the world. The plot revolves around protagonist Daniyal, whose journey to seek justice takes him from India to Europe, America and the volatile Middle East. However, he finds out that in a mission like this, there is always a price to pay, in this case, a very personal price.

Overall Review:
Phantom is based on the book Mumbai Avengers by Hussain Zaidi. After giving us a heartfelt film like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, lot of expectations are set for PHANTOM. Are Expectations met? The answer is NO.  From the trailer, the movie is showcased as a spy-thriller/suspense movie with little love/romantic angle so viewers might expect lot of actions but film has no hugely entertaining moments. Film has immature and draggy cliched script with a mediocre soundtrack. Previous Saif Ali Khan movie: Agent Vinod still had some ISI and RAW based moments and stylish represented missions but there is nothing much in the movie except few scenes that may pump up patriotic adreniline rush. There was a time when great movies like GADAR, BORDER, MISSION KASHMIR were made based upon this theme. These movies were substantially gracious and brilliantly scripted and dialogued. Here Kabir Khan vision has declined; without having a proper look at the subject, he just tried to mix all ingredients of action and patriotic emoptions. The dialogue seen in trailer: “UNKE GHAR KE GUSKE MAARENGE” has now become ghost (TRIMMED) from the movie.

Performance & Technical Review:
Saif Ali Khan is good as an ex Army officer except that his expressions can seem a bit blank at times. Beautiful Katrina creates no impact in the overall movie. Cinematography by Aseem Mishra is good especially the scenes shot at the time of war in Syria. Special ingredient – SOUNDTRACK; which could have saved the movie from all evils still remains just an ordinary fare.

PDF Verdict: The movie fails to strike a balance between Action / Thriller / Patriotic Emotions. While director had the potential to create something superlative with such a cast and the theme, he washed it all down with the the frivolous plot-line and poorly written characters. Its OK to miss this PHANTOM on big screen. Await for another PHANTOM (SPECTRE) this November instead.

Ratings:  2 on 5
Performance: 2.5 on 5
Script: 2 on 5
Music / Background Score: 2 on 5

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