Phantom is a 2015 Indian spy film directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Siddharth Roy Kapur. The screenplay of the film has been written in coordination with author Hussain Zaidi's book Mumbai Avengers on the aftermath of 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Daniyal Khan (Saif Ali Khan), a dead-end ex-soldier with a completely deadened sense of life and death is pulled out of oblivion and pressed into service by the spy agency to wreak vengeance on the men who planned the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.Wikipedia
The jingoistic dialogue and the film’s questionable message aside, this is boring, inert stuff. The director’s last film 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' feels like Citizen Kane in comparison.
Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif's Phantom is disappointing, there is no crackle, only fizz...
All this talk of intelligence, but no smarts anywhere in sight. Stay away from Phantom. It gives audiences a raw deal.
By the time the climax showed up, featuring a not-so-subtle nod to Titanic, the film’s lapses in logic, bad performances, and simplistic understanding of world politics had left me in a stupor. I never thought I’d say this, but it almost made me want to re-watch Bajrangi Bhaijaan.Almost.
Watch Phantom just for the character actors if you have to. All of them -- Sohaila Kapur, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Sabyasachi Chakraborty -- deliver power-packed performances, as if to compensate for the lead pair's lack of acting skills.
It’s all fake fakery and yet the film and its hero and heroine keep their lips pursed in solemn seriousness, making the whole affair dull rather than fun. Some measure of irony would have helped. But it’s not there only.
The film dares to throw some unsettling questions, one of them being, are Pakistani locals supportive of the militant outfits in their country? It even shows the ISI as hand in glove with the LeT. Disturbing scenarios yes, but they explain why the film has been banned in Pakistan. Phantom is no more just 147 minutes of big screen time. The reel and the real Phantom episodes have packed in an almost filmi irony bawling out the difference between the story that should have been and the story that is.
As cinema, this thriller is over-simplified, though the gloss adds to the large-screen appeal. Saif is adept; Kat is pretty appealing (pun on the pretty because her make-up is intact even in the battlefield). Zeeshan and his jingoism in the climax gives you that proud-India moment. And, if you're still licking the wounds of that senseless Mumbai massacre, then Phantom is the balm you should reach out for.
“Phantom” is a run-of-the-mill action thriller that fails to take its rather clever idea and make it rise higher. Instead, like a Phantom, it disappears into thin air.
In the month of Independence Day, Phantom is the perfect film to fuel up the patriotic spirit. Go for it.
Parts of the film are tight and paced well. Some of the suspense is delivered properly; others, lost in transmission. Phantom begins fine, and then loses way so badly that by the end, you're just waiting for an extra helping of Afghan Jalebi. Among the songs, that's the one that stays on the mind long after the credits roll.By the end of Phantom, one is left with a disarray of emotions within.
Phantom is a hotchpotch of many Hollywood films such as Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Mission Impossible series, Captain Phillips and towards the end even Titanic. The end result is a thriller sans thrills.
Phantom has nothing extraordinary and satisfying about its revenge tale of 26/11. It is a pity that not one scene gives you a sadistic pleasure in seeing the suspects get killed. Those lazy to read Mumbai Avengers could watch it but mind you it is not half as intelligent.
PHANTOM is a good action film which runs high on patriotism and will appeal to every Indian worldover. Highly Recommended.
The spark and drama of Bajrangi is not there and the fairly terse action drama of Ek Tha Tiger is missing. What we end up with is a screenplay which has as much fizz as a cola that has been left open for a week.
Phantom could have been a terrific film but somehow it never really involves the audience completely into its narrative. It is good in parts and definitely watchable but a different lead cast and more cohesive writing would have done wonders to this script.
Audience Reviews for Phantom
A true Indian film that hits the right notes....
Let me tell you one thing about the Indian directors - these are the persons who know very well when, how, and in what way to use a good script. Director Kabir Khan is one of them. I don't mind it now how poorly he had sculpted EK THA TIGER, but instead, he impressed me and almost every viewer with his last film BAJRANGI BHIAJAAN, which talked about peace. This time, he comes with an even powerful PHANTOM, and after watching it, every Indian viewer would be delighted. How, let's analyze.
It's an out and out Saif Ali Khan movie, who impresses big time. It was long time that I had seen him in such a role. Really, I can say that this is his best film ever. Katrina has a strong role, but looks and acts more like what was her character in EK THA TIGER. Zeeshan is once again terrific and gives a powerful performance. Rest of the cast does its part extremely well.
Another thing is that the film is made on such an issue that strikes correct notes with almost every Indian viewer. Undoubtedly, the film is too brave and energetic in its presentation, but the main thing it focuses on is the sacrifice of our brave Indian soldiers. For instance, the climax really left me emotional and I kept thinking about the film even when it was over. The film's fast paced screenplay adds to the energy of the film. Believe me, there's not even a single moment of boredom. The film fills every, almost every, viewer, full of energy and patriotism. Another thing that it isn't a controversial film at all.
The songs are placed not for long and at right times only, as such films Indian at heart require some songs to convey the emotion. PHANTOM has a pleasant music, especially the song AFGHAN JALEBI, which is quite impactful and leaves you humming it. The editing is excellent and the locations are shot very well. The action scenes are just amazing and wonderfully executed. The thrills in the storyline keep you to the edge of your seats.
To be honest, PHANTOM also has such a patriotic flavour that no Indian would be able to actually resist watching this action packed film. And plus, the violence isn't always intense, and so the film isn't unsuitable for young viewers. The film is rated UA and is family friendly, with no vulgarity or obscenity in any scene or dialogue.
Before watching this film, what came to my mind was Kabir Khan's poorly executed EK THA TIGER, which was also supposed to be a racy espionage action thriller, but turned out to be romantic thriller instead. Happily, this thing doesn't happen in the case of PHANTOM and its focus remains only on its story and its message.
Overall, PHANTOM is a powerful and energetic patriotic action thriller that deserves a watch and the love of all Indians. Don't miss this one. Simply go for it.
"Likely to be a phantom at the theatres in a few days!!!"
Onam...the very thought of this festival tingles our visual senses & salivary glands thanks to the sumptuous sadya along with the movie releases. Apart from the numerous Malayalam films, even Bollywood had one prominent release in the form of Kabir Khan's "Phantom". With "Bajirangi Bhaijaan" turning out to be the second biggest blockbuster of all time, Kabir had a whale of a time coming into his latest offering. So will Saif conjure atleast a fraction of the semblance of what Salman achieved with the same director???
26/11...a day which will be etched in our memories forever when LeT orchestrated a massacre in Mumbai. Almost seven years have passed since that fateful day, but due to our rather soft diplomatic demeanor or for some other reason known to only our Government, the masterminds behind that heinous act is still at large. RAW comes up with a covert operation to eliminate them & entrusts a disgraced Indian army officer, Dhaniyal Khan (Saif Ali Khan) to put their plans into it's rightful culmination. He is also helped in his mission by Nawaz Mistry (Katrina Kaif), a former RAW operative who provides him with the necessary resources. But will he able to take down the kingpins as planned???
If "Bajirangi Bhaijaan" focused on Indo-Pak brotherhood then Kabir's latest venture touches on the other extreme which is the topic of terrorism. However, unlike other espionage thrillers like "Baby" or "D-Day" this one fails to evoke similar excitement or rather to put it in simple terms, it felt like any other action movie inspite of the artillery on display. Based on Hussain Zaidi's "Mumbai Avengers", the script is an amalgamation of fact & fiction, but the problem is that the latter aspect fails to grip the audience. It's as if the makers were more interested in Sunny Deol's Gadar pattern of modus operandi before bringing the curtains down in Titanic style. The technical aspects were fine with some crisp editing by Arif Sheikh & Aditya Banerjee and credible visuals by Aseem Mishra.
Saif looks suave & dashing, but as a rugged action hero,,,he is definitely not the right choice. I'm not saying he has to be expressive & over the top, but come on...pasting a scowl on your face isnt exactly how you portray yourself as being tough. Katrina Kaif was even more pathetic as she had the same "damsel in distress" expression throughout the whole movie with the irony being she plays a former RAW operative. As for the rest of the cast, none of them deserves special mention as they barely had much to do except sit around the table & discuss or click on their computers.
Verdict: As per current reports, "Bajrangi Baijaan" has racked in 600 crores which will have Kabir Khan smiling ear to ear, but he will consider himself lucky if "Phantom" manages to huff & puff past 60 crores. The film might proclaim itself to belong to the genre of "espionage thriller"...but it fails to thrill for a major portion. In short, wont hurt to give it a try but on TV!!!
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For a film that promotes itself using a tag-line that goes "a story you wish were true," one can easily guess the amount of twaddle it's gonna throw at you. And no wonder, Kabir Khan's latest attempt at an action feature is as repugnant as vomit of a jaundice patient.
You have a tainted army-man (Khan) who is sent on a suicide mission as a retaliation for the disastrous 26/11 attack on Mumbai by a bunch of sorry ass defense ministry babus who in the first place got the idea of counter attack while they were taking forty winks. Without any prologue the next thing you witness is Khan sporting an elegantly trimmed beard and reconnoitering a London stadium with the help of a beautiful informer (Kaif) who is immodestly named Nawaz. That Nawaz is a security consultant and goes on to assist her future husband in his mission where its all guns and bullets and gore is as appealing as Kaif's helpless Hindi.
Khan is a mono-acting doll in the film who uses his haunch to fight his enemies, kill his enemies, and maybe even make love to his enemies. As far as the pompous writing is considered, one wouldn't find that inexplicable. Kaif is svelte in her avatar but all she does is blurt out her accented speech and jump out of her bed to shout at her co- actors. Where else would you see the protagonists debating about their actions just as they walk out after murdering a high-profile terrorist leader in London by blowing him up in his own apartment?
A car hits here, a bullet hits there and all's still well at the end. Lousy characters, lousy writing, lousy dialogs, lousy direction, lousy photography, and so many other lousy factors that even the word "lousy" loses its literal sense's sheen. As a whole, the film is nowhere near the book it is based on, and trust me the book is pure disaster.
BOTTOM LINE: Phantom is a messy depiction of an implausible revenge cause that looks pretty on foreword, average on paper, and horrific on reel. Avoid.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES