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Phantom trailer has Duchovny versus Harris

DavidDuchovny.jpgYou can see what the trailer for Phantom is trying to do, and to be honest it does it well, but you can't help but feel that it's going to be hitting a limited release and a limited audience, especially once you get into the story and see David Duchovny.

Nothing against the actor but everything that Ed Harris raises in this, the immediate appearance of Duchovny brings down. I say immediate because after a little while you start wondering if this could actually work.

The immediate issue is of course one of accents, no one is trying Russian accents but that's happened before and worked just fine, then there's the story which would seem to mirror a couple of other submarine type stories we've seen before, especially when two people are at logger heads with each other, but then there's that closing line.

I'm not sure which way this will go but my instinct is saying direct release or limited release, and that's despite the fact that Ed Harris, William Fichtner and Lance Henriksen star in the film. Mind you the trailer does build well and does seem to deliver something extra at the end, but have we seen it all before?

Here's the blurb for Phantom:

Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has secretly been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group (led by David Duchovny) bent on seizing control of the ship's nuclear missile. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Harris discovers he has been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. Phantom is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices.

You can see the trailer over at Apple Trailers.




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