This movie has been on my too-watch list for way too long merely because of one line in the movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. “Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms”, spoken by Ben Affleck, in character as Holden.
The problem is, I never actually looked into this film at all, I didn’t read reviews, didn’t read the plot, didn’t look into who else was in it. . . nothing.
I had absolutely no expectation except for the possibility of Affleck being “the bomb”.
Had I actually done any of this, it is quite doubtful I would have watched this film. I mean, first of all, it’s based on a Dean Koontz novel. . . meh.
The cover here calls the movie a thriller, but it’s very little more than a crappy horror flick, without the boobs even. . . Just like every Stephen King film adaptation ever, this movie was obviously put out on a minimal budget, expecting Koontz fans to lap it up. It wasn’t horrible, but it’s definitely not worth the watch. There’s nothing that happens here that hasn’t happened in every light horror flick ever. In fact, it’s almost like a really bad rip off of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain (the book, not any of the adaptations). . . stripped of Crichton’s trademark over-sciencing, and adding in some Stephen King-style demon-stuff.
Affleck was most definitely not “the bomb”. He was alright, but nothing special came from his role. I do, however, have to give mad props to Liev Schrieber. This guy seems to own the creepy bad guy role, but manages to add yet another layer of creepy onto this. . . and he’s not even the bad guy (well, not really).
Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that I have finally watched this film I have lazily felt I should watch for over a decade, and I’ve found it lacking.
Wanna fight about it?