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211 Ratings

The Shadow

Directed by Russell Mulcahy
United States, 1994
Action, Fantasy, Thriller


Based on the 1930’s comic strip, puts the hero up against his arch enemy, Shiwan Khan, who plans to take over the world by holding a city to ransom using an atom bomb.

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The Shadow Directed by Russell Mulcahy

Critics reviews

Mulcahy strikes me as a more truly surface-oriented filmmaker than De Palma, and the reason I think The Shadow is his most perfectly realized film is that it deflects any kind of invested emotional appreciation, always bouncing the viewer back to that glossy surface. If that sounds shallow, it’s because it is; The Shadow is a shallow movie. Shallowness, however, isn’t always a flaw…
August 20, 2014
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I’m not sure how to explain why a movie of The Shadow might’ve seemed like a good idea at the time, other than to say that this was the period of Dick Tracy (90), The Rocketeer (91), and The Phantom (96). There was some kind of neo-serial chic thing in the air, as well as a particularly Nineties fetishization of Thirties Art Deco that can be viewed in its purest form in the sets for Frasier… It struck me as a bad movie when I was 13, and it has not grown on me in the intervening 20 years.
February 28, 2014
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