Phantom Boy

2015

Animation / Fantasy

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Cast

Vincent D'Onofrio as The Face
Jared Padalecki as Lt. Alex
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1hr 24 min
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1hr 24 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Stuart Whyte 8 / 10

very engaging kids film with natural warmth and jeopardy

Our young family watched Phantom Boy today at the London Film Festival and really enjoyed the experience. The film has been dubbed into English and the dialogue runs smoothly - doing most of the story-telling in a nuanced, personable and fluid way.

It unfolds as a, perhaps slightly old fashioned, detective story. Leo's ability to travel out of his body is a very useful device to access remote places and to eavesdrop on others actions to help the story along. This also acts an intermediary or buffer to the film's action, helping to flag up wrong-doing, violence and other risks in a mediated manner, which works well for young viewers.

There are hints of the seriousness of Leo's Illness via the private worries of his parents, some physical violence and threatening use of guns but the emotional challenge is not overwhelming and the narrative pace carries you through.

Both our kids said they would want to see the film again and it will probably become a DVD favourite at home, for some time to come. The animated style is more hand-drawn in appearance and not as glossy or heavily automated as major studio animated films can be. This give a certain lightness of touch and warmth to what would otherwise be rather gritty, noir-ish city backdrops.

My only criticism would be the speed with which the story was established and characters introduced. A few minutes more focusing on Leo's arrival at hospital and the discovery and use of his special powers would have pleased me.

Reviewed by sharkfinsoup 9 / 10

A Wonderfully Good French Animation feature

I went to see this at the 2016 New French Cinema Festival at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. I thought it would be interesting. It was much better than I had imagined. It's set in a contemporary animated version of New York City. Well, recent-past contemporary. There was a billboard advertising "Wicked" very much in evidence.

It's about an 11 year old boy named Leo who is ill with an unspecified disease. He ends up for a long stay at a Manhattan hospital. He discovers that, since he got sick, his spirit can leave is body and fly around. He can see and hear what's happening in distant places. In one very brief scene, we see Leo's spirit relaxing in the torch of the Statue of Liberty, looking toward the south end of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. Nicely drawn.

Meanwhile, a criminal mastermind, with the requisite henchmen and a bitey small dog, has gotten his hands on malware that can destroy the internet-of-things. He starts with a citywide (or at least Manhattan-wide) demonstration of his potential power to shake down the mayor for a gigantic amount of money.

In the hospital, Leo meets a maverick cop with a broken leg. He admires cops, and lets the cop in on his secret talent. Audrey Tatou voices Mary, a journalist friend of the cop, who will play a big rôle in the action that unfolds.

So, the overall film is sort of like a comic featuring a supervillain. But it's not so 2-dimensional. Leo's parents are worried sick as to whether he is going to pull thru or not (which his spirit can eavesdrop on when they think he's not around). Their tenderness and support is nicely nuanced. And Leo also has a baby sister, perhaps 4 or 5, who really cares about her big brother.

Likewise, the cop and the journalist have an interesting love-hate friendship that morphs into something more.

It's also very funny. When at the beginning, Mary runs into the cop (before his broken leg)in a grocery store, she looks at his his market basket of selections and says "pizza and chips?! What are you trying to do, commit dietary suicide?"

A good film for adults, and for some kids. It has things for both. There is lots of animation out there, but not so much that really catches my attention. But a subtitles-only release at this point, which leaves out younger kids.

As I write this, the US box office after being open 1 week, is about $4300 (one screen). If it won't bother you too much to hear supposedly tough-skinned New Yorkers speaking French, then, by all means see it.

Reviewed by Larry Silverstein 7 / 10

Wonderfully Animated Film

In this wonderfully animated film, a young boy, Leo, while undergoing chemotherapy in the hospital, discovers he can leave his body and become a ghost-like phantom who can fly, and travel through walls, where no one can see or hear him. Leo, who's an aspiring crime fighter, while at the hospital meets an able but accident-prone detective and they will join forces, along with a female reporter,to try and stop a malicious gangster called the Face. The gangster has installed a virus into the NYC main computers and has threatened to destroy the city unless he receives a $1 billion ransom.

I'm no expert in this area, but some of the violence and threatening aspects of the storyline may be too much for very young children, so I would suggest heeding the PG-13 rating. Adults, though, may enjoy the sly humor here and the superb animation aspects. To note also, there were no subtitles available on my DVD copy.

All in all, I thought this movie presented a heart-felt tale, and combined with its humor and colorful presentation I found it to be quite a decent watch.

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