This movie doesn't get the credit that it deserves. Travolta's speech at the end of the movie to the doctor is incredible. Rarely do I ever see a movie that acknowledges the value of a single human life like this movie does. Most movies glorify sacrifice. This movie glorifies life. I highly recommend it.
Best movie of the year 1996 (by LoanARngr)
When I saw this movie in the theater, I was on a first date with a nice lady. However, she appeared to not be moved by the movie and showed no emotions at all, not even one tear. Seeing as how this movie is a real tear jerker, I thought she was not my kind of women. I have seen this movie about 10 times or so and never tire of it. Absolutely wonderful. Great casting, writing, directing and acting. Everyone involved is at their very best! Truly a "must see" movie. John Travolta was superb here and Kyra Sedgewick was at her very best! This movie is pure magic. It made me cry happy <more>
and sad tears. Truly a remarkable achievement. Enjoy.
the magic of energy in everything and everyone (by reinaldsfillemz)
Phenomenon is a story about energy that is in everything and everyone. It's a very subtle and philosophical film that expresses more than meets your senses. It goes right for your heart and stays there. One might argue that it is a very "sugarsweet" tale of the things that make life worthwhile , but there is so much more to it. The heart of the matter is that nothing goes to waste in the universe. Everything is on it's way to somewhere all the time. Energy will manifest itself without getting tired. Things, bodies, thoughts, even love, are all vessels that are secondary to <more>
the spirit that drives them. This sounds all very vague and maybe even religious-like. But indeed some things are hard to explain. Questions are often a waste of time. So don't ask where all this energy originates from. Phenomenon will not provide the answer, at least it is not pretentious in that direction because the makers realize that the human-mind is unfit to grasp this in the first place. Phenomenology is the philosophical school that investigates how things appear in the world. The film shows that it is often slightly or profoundly different from how it looks at first hand. I enjoyed the simple way of presenting this very complicated message that matters to all of us and everything else too.
An ex-girlfriend talked me into seeing this movie, and I am happy she did. In my opinion, John Travolta deserved at least a nomination for an Oscar here, if not the award itself. The story was decent, but the performances of Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, and Kyra Sedgwick made me care about what was happening on the screen. By no means is this a romantic comedy. It's romantic, probably the most romantic film I have seen in a long time. The reason for that is simple...it's real. In most movies you see the main characters sleep together within a day at the most, which rarely <more>
happens with two people who are really in love. True love has to take time and effort, which is exactly what you see here. Travolta's George is patient, but not because he wants to be. If you're a romantic at heart you will understand and relate to him, and you will hope for his success as you would for your own. Without giving anything away, I will tell you that the ending is sad, but also heartwarming. George has his "experience" for no other reason than to suggest what we as humans can become. Phenomenon is a story about our potential, the good and bad things that can happen to us if we achieve it. We could only be so lucky, and watching the movie is a good start. I give it 8 out of 10 stars.
My favorite movies are: Pulp fiction, Run Lola Run, Seven, and A Clockwork Orange. So how in the world do I like Phenomenon? It is very well-made i.e. lighting, direction, editing , excellente acting, and a very strong message. Give it a real chance, and you can't deny that it is at least good. I personally gave it a 9 out of ten, and I'm rarely that generous.
Excellent film, that's actually quite moving and very sentimental, with a pretty engrossing story, John Travolta is at his best here! (by callanvass)
This is an excellent film, that's actually quite moving and very sentimental, with a pretty engrossing story, John Travolta is at his best here!. All the characters are awesome, and the ending while very sad was extremely well done, plus John Travolta is simply incredible in this!. I know a lot of people claimed that this was too sentimental, but I love sentimental so it didn't bother me, and this is one of Travolta's best performances in my opinion, plus it's extremely well made and very well written as well. Kyra Sedgwick is really excellent in her role here, and I thought <more>
it had a nice romantic story too, plus I loved all of the telekinetic scenes that Travolta did as well. I loved how they paid tribute at the end to George Malley, and I felt bad for Travolta's character when he was trying to explain stuff at the book fare, plus Travolta and Sedgwick had really good chemistry together. This should be a lot higher then 6.3 in my opinion, and I didn't see the big twist in this coming at all, plus I especially loved Forest Whitaker's character. This is an excellent film, that's actually quite moving and very sentimental, with a pretty engrossing story, John Travolta is at his best here, and I say it's a must see for everyone!. The Direction is excellent!. Jon Turteltaub does an excellent! job here with wonderful camera work, using a great setting, and just keeping the film at an engrossing pace. The Acting is outstanding!. John Travolta is amazing as always and is incredible here, he is just extremely likable, gives one of his best performances, had a character we can care for, had really good chemistry with Kyra Segwick, brought his usual awesome charisma, and was especially good near the end, as I felt so bad for him. Kyra Sedgwick is really excellent here, she was cute, extremely likable, had a winning presence, and I just couldn't help but love her, unlike others I thought she was perfect for this part!. Forest Whitaker is awesome as George's best friend he had good chemistry with Travolta, was funny and brought lots of life into the film, I loved him. Robert Duvall is wonderful as always and does awesome as The Doc, he didn't have a whole lot of screen time, but was fantastic when he was on screen!. David Gallagher and Ashley Buccille are both awesome as the kids, and were very likable. Rest of the cast are fine. Overall a must see for everyone!. ****1/2 out of 5
Well acted film about an ordinary man Travolta who, after an accident, is given a most unique power. Travolta is winning as the ordinary Joe and he is given great support from Duvall, Sedgewick and a wonderful Forrest Whitaker.
the perfect film for us saps (by blanche-2)
This 1996 film stars John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker, Jeffrey DeMunn, and Richard Kiley. Travolta plays George Malley, a car mechanic who sees a light in the sky on his birthday and acquires great intelligence, helping the town he lives in.He soon becomes known as a freak and desirable to the government. How did this man become a genius?I just loved this very sweet and ultimately bittersweet film. I know for some it will be sentimental and trivial. It was on the slow side, a little too easygoing, but utterly charming with a terrific cast. The Robert Duvall role <more>
certainly did not need anyone of his caliber playing it, but it's always good to see him just the same. I have a feeling this might be a "chick flick" as I noticed some of the screen names on the negative reviews were mens though I didn't read all of them. This kind of movie isn't for everybody. For the moment, it was just what I needed.
Unexpected yet unassuming - A good movie (by rajnsar)
The movie is set in a town with the kind of people you expect to see in such a setting. George Malley is one of them. But on the night of his birthday, something unexpected happens which completely alters his life. A bright light in the sky - that is what he sees that night. From the next day onwards, everything seems different. Or rather clearer one might say. Scientifically, its all about more clarity. But to a common man, it seems much more. The movie then is about how George changes and how the folks around him react to it.The earliest signs observed are checkmating the doc in a game of <more>
chess whom he has never beaten before , unable to sleep in the night and growing restlessness with the amount of time available. With seemingly more clarity, his mind starts taking the scientific bend to things. He is able to crack intelligent militant codes, generate power out of organic material and in one such scenario, predict an earthquake by sensing the vibrations. This leads to getting acquainted with Prof. John Ringold who witnesses many more marvels by George including learning Portuguese in 20 min not all though . However, many impedances present themselves to George from FBI intending to stop him perceiving him as a compromise to national security to reactions from common people who barely understand him.However, there are three people who stand by him during all this. The good old doc, a faithful friend and then the Lady Love. The romance is of waiting painful kind and by that I mean not one of those easy romances and there is one especially good scene. Overall, it is well shown.In the end, science takes over with the phenomenon being explained in pure rational terms and an end coming to all of it but not before George passing his semi-completed works to the world.The movie plot is a great idea - and execution even better. The situations - A common man experiencing a miracle, clarity of mind being so easy for the one having it and yet so difficult for others to grasp, becoming unacceptable as one changes, finding true love and dying in peace - all these are explored and shown beautifully.Finally John Travolta as George Malley is wonderful. The journey he undergoes is expressed wonderfully and is well supported by other characters. All in all, a very good film to watch.