Reviewed byhong shaVote: 9/10/10
It's a very good film, better than many films "Sam" is growing up Thestory is about brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson long ago found a wayto keep their family afloat despite their drunken father's nastygambling habit: While Samuel distracts crowds of passerby with hisShakespearian monologues, Beckett, a master pickpocket, makes his waythrough the unsuspecting crowd. And then their small, impoverishedworld crumbles when their father gets in over his head with a dangerousloan shark. Shakespeare and petty thievery are abandoned for Samuel'sbelief in the super powers of his comic book hero, Phantom Halo, andBeckett's friend's ability to counterfeit the perfect $100 note.Suddenly, the small- time world as the Emerson family knew it is turnedupside down as the brothers do all they can to break free from the mudthat traps them.
Reviewed byPeter Pluymers (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 3/10/10
"At your age, I was better !"
Occasionally you come across a movie you've never heard about, with awell known actor starring in it. Like "Phantom Halo" for instance withThomas "The Maze Runner" Brodie-Sangster. In hindsight it seemed as ifthey wanted to cram different stories in one film. One of those storieswas portrayed in a successful way. The storyline which covered thecriminal element, lamentably ended in a fiasco. The use of centuriesold literature written by Shakespeare, won't turn it into a classicaldrama. Even though this was the most successful part.
Samuel (Brodie-Sangster) and Beckett (Luke Kleintank) are two brotherswhose daily task consists of hiding the little bit of money they ownfor their father Warren (Sebastian Roché). The latter is a gamblingalcoholic who apparently quoted Shakespeare somewhere on a stage in thepast. And that's what Samuel has to do at street corners. He holds aShakespearean monologue, while his brother deprives the bystanders oftheir wallets and other valuables. When it turns out that Warren owes arather large amount of money to a loan shark, Beckett tries to solvethis problem with help of his old friend Little Larry (Jordan Dunn).
And as this second fact evolves, the level of this film goes downwardsand culminates in a horrible, clumsy denouement. The moment Ms. Rose(Rebecca Romijn), the breathtaking handsome mother of Little Larry,opposes Donny, I expected the worst already. This fragment felt soamateurish and implausible. And indeed, the follow-up was nothing towrite home about.
To think that the run up to this ending was so much better. Theportrayed family drama was fascinating to watch. Especially thebrilliant interaction between father and sons. The way Samuel andBeckett try to make ends meet and how they are instructed by theirfather to scrape together the much needed cash, which Warren spends atthe gambling table after wards. But unfortunately this is ruined byirritating futilities and stupidities. At some point you even forgetwhere the title of the movie is related to and the cartoon character"Phantom Halo" seems to be nothing more than a fait diverse. Out ofnowhere a fingertip-chopping Chinese girl appears (after which I waswondering what the punishment would be when stealing her fathers car).And although Little Larry was repeatedly warned by Donny not to deceivehim, after a while he's unabashedly driving around together withBeckett with a glitzy Bentley. That was a bit shortsighted, not to sayplain stupid. The brief affair with Ms. Rose was totally irrelevant.And apparently they tried to finish it in a Tarantino way. But thisattempt looks amateurish and rather fake.
Briefly and concisely: this movie is an accumulation of unfinishedideas.
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Brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson are barely scraping by. Their father, Warren, continues to gamble and drink away any money they bring home. With all the havoc that is constantly going on in their lives, the family members each find solace in his own way, through Shakespeare, comic books and impossible love affairs. Beckett seizes the opportunity to make some easy money by counterfeiting in hopes of repaying his father's debts. When Beckett's plan goes awry, the family must decide to change their ways or pay the ultimate price