Crime / Drama / Thriller
Crime / Drama / Thriller
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
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The true mark out of 10 will be apparent when some more votes come in
rather than those from the friends and family of the production
team...This film had several stories which were poorly explained and
never developed. It could've been an excellent film if it weren't
trying so hard to be something more than it's substance permitted
whilst ending up just a contrived piece of nonsense. Just pretty boring
and predictable all round.
The acting was pretty poor from some characters too with one memorable
horrendous attempt at an English accent from Roman (Gbenga Akinnagbe).
All in all the whole experience left me a little underwhelmed and with
the overall feelings..."What was that?" and "Is that it?"
A Shakesparean movie. But in the end it looks like an accumulation of unfinished ideas.
"At your age, I was better !"
Occasionally you come across a movie you've never heard about, with a
well known actor starring in it. Like "Phantom Halo" for instance with
Thomas "The Maze Runner" Brodie-Sangster. In hindsight it seemed as if
they wanted to cram different stories in one film. One of those stories
was portrayed in a successful way. The storyline which covered the
criminal element, lamentably ended in a fiasco. The use of centuries
old literature written by Shakespeare, won't turn it into a classical
drama. Even though this was the most successful part.
Samuel (Brodie-Sangster) and Beckett (Luke Kleintank) are two brothers
whose daily task consists of hiding the little bit of money they own
for their father Warren (Sebastian Roché). The latter is a gambling
alcoholic who apparently quoted Shakespeare somewhere on a stage in the
past. And that's what Samuel has to do at street corners. He holds a
Shakespearean monologue, while his brother deprives the bystanders of
their wallets and other valuables. When it turns out that Warren owes a
rather large amount of money to a loan shark, Beckett tries to solve
this problem with help of his old friend Little Larry (Jordan Dunn).
And as this second fact evolves, the level of this film goes downwards
and 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 so
amateurish and implausible. And indeed, the follow-up was nothing to
write home about.
To think that the run up to this ending was so much better. The
portrayed family drama was fascinating to watch. Especially the
brilliant interaction between father and sons. The way Samuel and
Beckett try to make ends meet and how they are instructed by their
father to scrape together the much needed cash, which Warren spends at
the gambling table after wards. But unfortunately this is ruined by
irritating futilities and stupidities. At some point you even forget
where the title of the movie is related to and the cartoon character
"Phantom Halo" seems to be nothing more than a fait diverse. Out of
nowhere a fingertip-chopping Chinese girl appears (after which I was
wondering what the punishment would be when stealing her fathers car).
And although Little Larry was repeatedly warned by Donny not to deceive
him, after a while he's unabashedly driving around together with
Beckett with a glitzy Bentley. That was a bit shortsighted, not to say
plain stupid. The brief affair with Ms. Rose was totally irrelevant.
And apparently they tried to finish it in a Tarantino way. But this
attempt looks amateurish and rather fake.
Briefly and concisely: this movie is an accumulation of unfinished
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It's a very good film, better than many films
It's a very good film, better than many films "Sam" is growing up The
story is about brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson long ago found a way
to keep their family afloat despite their drunken father's nasty
gambling habit: While Samuel distracts crowds of passerby with his
Shakespearian monologues, Beckett, a master pickpocket, makes his way
through the unsuspecting crowd. And then their small, impoverished
world crumbles when their father gets in over his head with a dangerous
loan shark. Shakespeare and petty thievery are abandoned for Samuel's
belief in the super powers of his comic book hero, Phantom Halo, and
Beckett's friend's ability to counterfeit the perfect $100 note.
Suddenly, the small- time world as the Emerson family knew it is turned
upside down as the brothers do all they can to break free from the mud
that traps them.