The Phantom is a second rate superhero flick that can't quite compete. Billy Zane is the title character, The Ghost Who Walks.
Four hundred years ago, his ancestor vowed to fight evil, corruption, greed and the Sengh Brotherhood of pirates from
his fortress, the Skull Cave, in the remote Bengalla jungle, and now Kit Walker (Zane) has assumed the mantle and, of course, the purple suit.
A new threat has arrived when evil industrialist Xavier Drax tries to unite a trio of ancient
jeweled skulls, and unleash their supernatural power upon the world. Of course, the Phantom
stands in his way. The Phantom's superhero gimmick is his lack of one. While Superman has
his powers, Batman his gadgets, and Spiderman his webs, the Phantom has, well, his glaringly
purple suit. For its inspiration it turns to the adventure serials of the 30s and 40s, and, of course,
to the Indiana Jones films. However, sticking the costumed Phantom into an otherwise normal
world requires a larger leap to suspend disbelief than in those films. However, if that
monumental task can be achieved, what lies on the other side is an entertaining film that
although in possession of some good sets and good action pieces, never quite reaches its
full glory. Although the Phantom's origin may predate some of the later superheroes, you get
left with a feeling that maybe they improved upon the original.
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