Phenomenon

Some things in life just can't be explained
Some things in life just can't be explained
PHENOMENON (PG)
D: Jon Turtletaub
Touchstone (Barbara Boyle & Michael Taylor)
US 1996
124 mins
 
Science Fiction/Drama
 
W: Gerald DiPego
DP: Phedon Papamichael
Ed: Bruce Green
Mus: Thomas Newman
 
John Travolta (George Malley), Kyra Sedgwick (Lace Pennamin), Robert Duvall (Doc Brunder), Forest Whitaker (Nate Pope), Jeffrey DeMunn (Prof. John Ringold), Richard Kiley (Dr. Wellin)
 
***SPOILER WARNING**
Phenomenon is a film very much of two contrasting halves. Starting out as an intriguing piece of science fiction fantasy with John Travolta giving a very good performance as a man perplexed by the superhuman powers he develops after witnessing a supernatural event in the night sky. From a humble mechanic in a small town he finds his intelligence and thirst for more knowledge has increased, as well as the ability to predict natural disasters and telekenesis.
Unfortunately, the second half takes a nosedive into turgid new-age weepie territory, where it makes a complete hash of everything that came before it by dishing out a contrived explanation for it all before delivering a religious subplot preaching that we should all love each other, or whatever.
5/10

Kyra Sedgwick & John Travolta in Phenomenon
Kyra Sedgwick & John Travolta in Phenomenon