Sheriff Bryce Hammond: Enough! It's not a god, it's not a devil. It's just a fucking animal, and any living thing can be killed.
Timothy Flyte: But this thing is what wiped out the dinosaurs! Which were pretty tough fucking customers!
Phantoms is now one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Everything about it is a complete waste of time. The acting is complete shit. The dialogue is complete shit. The story is complete shit. The sound is complete shit. I could go on, but I think you get the point. For me the sound was the most annoying thing, besides Ben Afflecks horrible performance. During dialogue I would have to turn the volume up because the characters are whispering and I can't hear their worthless dialogue. Then, Bam, 5 minutes of screeching and banging that about blows my speakers. So I turn it down, then I have to turn it back up. That was the whole movie experience for me. The two actresses, while clearly easy on the eyes, are absolutely horrible and almost rival Affleck performance. I feel bad for O'Toole because he's such a great actor. I just can't see what made him want to be in this.
The first 45 minutes is a creepy thrillride but once the calvary shows up it loses its footing due to hammy acting, poor editing and the lack of some much needed exposition.
Unfortunately, it received a miniscule budget and suffers for it. Based on the original book, this could have been one of the greatest horror movies in recent memory. The capacity was here for mind-bending special effects, creatures, and just general scary-as-hell-ness.
It really suffers alot from poor casting. They chose to go the 'Scream' route, casting a bunch of hot, young, minimally talented actors (Peter O'toole notwithstanding) which I simply could not take seriously. The running time is way too short, as they rush the original story's building and deliberate pacing, cutting out lots of important plot details as they go.
These negatives stated, the first two acts are actually pretty darn creepy. Great sound editing is a big plus. It nails the empty, hungry vibe of the novel and it is able to get under your skin very effectively. Once the final act begins, it loses a great deal of steam due to the insistence to explain everything to the point of being inefficient. While some of the mystery of the story is in play, it is surprisingly good.
The special effects are quite good for a movie of this budget, but has its cheesy moments. As it stands, its a fun horror movie that delivers a good atmosphere, some good scares and moments, but regardless of the fact that it is fairly good, it could have been far better based on the original story.