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Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)

Star Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif

Director: Kabir Khan

What’s Good: Phantom tries hard to keep you engaged in a tale you truly wish was true. Of course, the premise of the story coming from Mumbai Avengers is strong enough but not perfect.

What’s Bad: Unfortunately, Kabir Khan relied on his two lead stars for this film to work. Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, both seem misfits for their roles.

Loo Break: First half is a good time

Watch or Not?: Not a must watch! The film does not live up to its hype. This is like watching a different version of Baby just that the agenda is different now.

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Fed up and humiliated by Pakistan’s attacks on Indian soil and particularly the one that rocked Mumbai on 26/11, RAW decides to undertake a deadly unofficial mission. While the chief of RAW – Roy (Sabyasachi) is still not convinced, it is his sub-ordinate, Zeeshan Ayub’s character that shows conviction towards the plan. They soon zero in on Daniyal Khan (Saif Ali Khan) a court-martialled army man to carry out their mission. Thus he takes off to London, Beirut, Syria and Pakistan hunting down each of the terrorists involved in the 26/11 mission. His only co-conspirer on this secret mission is Nawaz Mistry (Katrina Kaif) who is a witness to all the accused.

Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan in a still from movie 'Phantom'
Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan in a still from movie ‘Phantom’

Phantom Review: Script Analysis

This fictitious tale with a mixture of realism makes an effort to come across as an edge-of-the-seat thriller but fails at keeping us glued to it. The sad part is that the coveted mission in the first place is not crafted brilliantly for us to marvel it. The whole concept of making the killings look like accidents doesn’t work well. Not to mention, Kabir Khan keeps adding emotional tear-jerkers in between that completely kill the main plot theme. There are certain scenes where the suspense is maintained well. What does not really go well with the storyline is the fact that the mission is hardly kept a secret. At first, Daniyal himself exposes the mission to Nawaz who is actually not a part of it but only a reference for it. Later, Sumit (Zeeshan Ayyub) confesses the entire unofficial mission to a Naval officer again a wrong representation. The Indian Navy enters international waters without permission to save Daniyal and Nawaz in Pakistani waters which is a major error that is not justified at all. Also, Nawaz’s reason for helping out Daniyal in the killings is so foolish that I almost laughed at it. She recounts a memory of her with her dad when they used to have tea at the Taj and hence she wants a revenge. Really? I have no words for that. Not to mention, in the second half the mission gets so predictable that the least you expect is a power packed end but what you get is an ultra emotional one. Not what I signed up for!

Phantom Review: Star Performance

Saif Ali Khan really needs to get a grip of his career. He was not only a misfit as the romantic hero in Happy Ending but also in an action packed avatar, that does not impress either. Literally, the only expression Saif manages to give is raise an eyebrow. His dialogues are mono toned. He sadly is a complete misfit for this role.

Katrina Kaif as Nawaz Mistry is a mystery to me. What does her character do, take revenge for a childhood tea at Taj? Her dialogue delivery is weak and the only scene she impresses is where she fakes a pregnancy and it is completely funny. I don’t see why she is Kabir’s choice for this film.

Zeeshan Ayub turns out to be impressive amongst the supporting cast. However, his entry scene in the film is as though he is a ghost. He appears out of no where in his introductory scene.

Phantom Review: Music, Direction

Kabir Khan had managed to make a decent watch out of Ek Tha Tiger but with Phantom, I do not feel the same. What could have been a much wittier and slick action flick turns out to be a poorly plotted secret mission with an even unimpressive agent. Saif possess neither the charm of Bond nor the agility of Ethan Hunt (MI) both of whom are hailed to be the best under cover agents. But India gets an awkward Saif Ali Khan who can’t even crack a patriotic dialogue with enough conviction. At first, Khan particularly messes up by showing a scene where Nawaz and Daniyal follow a suspect to his home. Their glances at each other are so obvious that even a toddler can tell something is cooking. That just shows the lack of wit and smartness required to pull off such a mission in the first place. The only thing Khan does full justice to in the film is its pace. It is gripping but the story and acting kills the excitement of its pace. The art direction is amazing for the Syria region that has been re-created. Music is also decently put but the only song that appeals is Afghan Jalebi. The climax is highly disappointing and cliched for a film that goes by the name Phantom.

Phantom Review: The Last Word

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. I am going with a 2/5 for this film.

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Phantom releases on 28th August, 2015.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Totally agree even without watching the film! the promos itself sealed everything. The conclusion is that whenever a filmaker has a good story he goes to Aamir or Salman and when he has doubt about a script he offers it to Saif or Shahrukh!

  2. Since how long bollywood willl be making same ghisa pita movie on India pakistan? people got bored watching all this again and again, so stop making movie on terrorism and get good story, thats the reason bollywood copying movie from south than use their own brain..pathetic

    • Well written article Sam. To come up with good stories takes deep thinking and brains, The Indian audience likes to see crap on the screen. The Indian audience has to reject garbage movies then the greedy producers will wake up.

      Look at today’s new crop of actors like, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha,,,,,the list goes on and on. These actors are so boring, lack talent big time. A small movie Maasan is so well made but this movie is not watched by the masses. This proves the Indian audience are illeterate.

      India pagalon ka basti hai.

  3. ohhh yaa like bodygard,dabang1 2,kick,jai ho, all david dhawan films and every film of salman except 3,are not even watchable.he is such a waste,saif better than salman.and dont say abt srk,he is one of the greatest actors of india(Acting)not (body show) like salman.bloody idiot.

    • give me some meaningful movie that SRK did apart from: Swades, Chak De India, and MNIK?? all romantic shits! Talk about acting, Salman has proved his acting skills in many movies..bt again talking and explaining things in details to thick headed crap like u is a waste of time!!

    • Nischal Bhai…why are you jealous of Salman Khan? You are comparing Saif with Sallu Bhaiya. Go get a life yaar!!!
      SRK is not the best actor of Indian cinema. Amir Khan is the best actor at the present time followed by Nawazudin and then Irfan Khan.

    • Hrithik is a terrible actor. His dialogue delivery is laughable. He was so bad in GUZARISH with an author backed role. In Jodha Akbar he could properly speak URDU. He looked more like a pauper than a king!

  4. ina ke pass dimag he nahin hai abhishek bachchan aur saif ali khan ko lekar film bana rahe hai.
    film industry mai hrithik roshan, akshay kumar aur bhi superstar hai unko cast nahi karte.
    jo khali mile usko film mein kaam dete hai aur film flop total waste of time and money

  5. hey, you guys rated it bad, then again in your other posts rated it good….. Something FISHY….the movie is not that bad yeah!!! One time watch ….

    • This movie is so predictable, Who wants one more another meanless fighting movie.
      Why cant we have more movies like PK ,. Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Drishyam.
      These movie are entertaining , meaningful and engrossing.( Note these movie don’t have any violence)

      Kabir khan has waste his time and script again Saif Ali khan and Katarina K
      Who are absolutely waste of Space. Katarina Kaif doesn’t even know to speak Hindi
      let alone acting .

      Saif Ali is another fruitless attempt to prove that he can act.

      Don’t waste your time and money.

      • I fully agree with Sabir’s Review.
        We don’t want any more mindless Violent movie by some CRAP actors.

        Violence can be shown in a Artistic form not like this .

        PLEASE REFRAIN FROM SEE WORST MOVIE BY THESE TWO
        MISFIT ACTOR WHO DONT KNOW TO ACT

  6. Story was good , i like it i hope our govt should take some that type of action for any enemy county, movie was not so bad its still watchable but yea i agree star cast not appropriate for this movie.And i must say for everyone off course its a one time watchable movie.

  7. Despite of the huge tension running between India and Pakistan for decades ..there is one thing need to be clear..Whenever Bollywood put anti-Pakistan movies to the cinemas they got failed to make some profit every where in the world even in india..on the contrary movies like bajrangi , veer-zaara , etc received mostly positive reviews from critics. These films won several awards in major Indian film award ceremonies.. my point is the people of India and Pakistan are like related somewhere from the very beginning of the sub continent.. they are the descendants of same for-fathers..although at the moment they want to slaughter each other at the borders but in reality i m telling you they actually want to love each other..because every one knows that when a Muslim and Hindu turns into the circle of friendship nothing but only death can make them apart…

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