The Shadow

Year: 1994
Studio: Universal
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Producer: Martin Bregman
Writer: David Koepp
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry, James Hong

If this film had been done in 2009 they'd put a lot more effort behind it owing to the amount of money comic book movies make.

At the time, nobody cared about big screen adaptations of comic strip or cartoon characters, and that seems to have included everyone from the star to the director. You can see both the script and the design of the film have been polished until they twinkle, but the whole thing is just such a by-numbers affair it doesn't offer anything beyond a slick showreel.

Steeped in art deco in both look and mood, the film depicts a wealthy playboy who moonlights as a mysterious crime fighter after dark thanks to his powers of invisibility and a sort of Jedi mind trick (no word on whether it informed on Batman or vice versa) he can wield over people he saves who he then makes his helpers.

A disposable plot involves a disposable villain building some disposable destructive device - even by 1994 you'd seen it a million times and there's here little to recommend you watching it all over again.

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