Phenomenon (1996)


By Scott Goldfine

John Travolta is a likeable auto mechanic who suddenly develops superhuman intellectual capacity and telekinetic powers in this misfired drama. The Mensa candidate finds himself in a quandary as his radical ideas and inventions are short-circuited by bureaucracy and closed-minded townsfolk.

The acting, including Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall, is fine, but the film is slow, hollow and manipulative. Directed by Jon Turteltaub and also starring Kyra SedgwickRated PG.


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