Another rubbishy sci-fi channel film.
Phantom Force starts a few hundred years ago on the open Aegean Seas as
a ship's crew become possessed by something from another dimension...
Jump to the present & about 30 miles outside Moscow where local TV news
crews report that armed terrorists have seized a chemical plant & are
holding up to 30 people hostage, some sort of special army unit lead by
agent Mark Dupree (Richard Grieco) are sent in to 'solve' the problem.
Shortly after Dupree is summoned to see his boss Jack Bavaro (Nigel
Bennett) who enlists him to lead a team that will be known as the
'Phantom Force' who will target the categorically indefinable but which
still poses a threat, still with me? Good because this thing gets even
better, actually I just lied about it getting better as I wanted to try
& build it up a bit & make it sound just a little bit interesting.
Sorry. Anyway, Jack informs Dupree about his inaugural first mission, a
Russian submarine named 'Venture' has been firing torpedo's off &
destroying anything that goes near it & since it's located in the
Aegean Sea Jack believes the subs crew discovered the Hades Stone
which, in the wrong hands, can be used to open an inter dimensional
portal & call an endless army of demon warriors to invade the Earth!
Scary eh? Dupree, along with the rest of his hand picked team members,
Ivan Cutler (Jim Fyfe) the computer whizz, Potts (Tangi Miller) the
detective, Rebecca Weaver (Jenna Guring) a parapsychologist, Joe Murray
(Tyrone Pinkham) the weapons guy & Kyle Hudson (Atanas Srebrev) who
happens to be an expert in diving, sets off for the sub to try to
prevent the Hades Stone from falling into the wrong hands...
Directed by Christian McIntire Phantom Force is a load of crap & you
can definitely understand why he tried to have his name removed from
the film, unfortunately for him he was unsuccessful so everyone knows
who to blame for making this. The script by Sam Wells is pure baloney
of the highest order featuring nuclear submarines, ghosts, a evil stone
that looks like it's a garden ornament (one of those stone mushroom
decorations) & runs on gas (!), laser guns, alternate dimensions, a
shadowy organisation, an evil Macedonian Commander (Hristo Shopov) & a
bunch of terrorists. Everything gets lost, it has no real focus, the
plotting & basic story are ridiculous, it make little sense overall if
you think about it (which writer Mr. Wells obviously didn't) & for some
bizarre reason it takes itself extremely seriously which was a bad idea
as most of it comes across as laughable anyway. The thing is slow,
boring & is deeply uninteresting, it has terrible character's whom have
no background at all apart from Potts whom gets a lot of background
even going as far as having not one but two flashbacks all to herself
which I simply don't understand because no-one else gets anything at
all, what did she do exactly? Sleep with the writer? Lets not go there
shall we. The climax is very weak & lets just hope the Phantom Force is
disbanded! Phantom Force has nothing by which I can recommend it by,
basically it's terrible.
Director McIntire does a reasonable job but as a whole Phantom Force is
both bland & forgettable (& the sooner I forget it the better).
Surprisingly some of the CGI effects are actually quite good, while the
rest are just crap. There is no excitement or tension or scares or
anything really. The only gore is when a guy is cut up with a medical
saw, mostly off screen unfortunately although there is a severed arm
involved & a quick decapitation.
I was amazing to see that Phantom Force had a budget of about
$1,400,000 as that sounds like a pretty decent pile of cash, where did
the money go exactly? The acting is poor from everyone.
Phantom Force is crap, plain & simple. It's muddled, confused stupid
nonsense that I can't see many people enjoying, I certainly didn't. One
Well executed, though formulaic:
This was, as stated previously both predictable and an excellent pilot
for a TV series. Alas, no TV series will follow.
Why, then did I give it seven points? It is an excellent execution of a
simple plot. Moreover, the Big-Evil-Thingy-In-Question (to avoid a
spoiler), has a potentially Lovecraftian, distant, unknowable sort of
horror to it.
Of course, the script-writer completely failed to exploit it and makes
it tangible long before its potential horror has expired.
If you like single-concept science fiction, punctuated by
insufficiently bloody violence (aka B-movies), you will enjoy this as
much as I did.
(BBB: 2 primary characters)
(BEM: Spectral and Humanoid)