Movie Review Alec Baldwin in The Shadow
First of all, it is hard to take a comic book hero from the 1930's and make it interesting enough for our attention deficit, adrenalin driven,society of today, but I think Universal Pictures pulled it off well in this movie. Despite its poor sales at the box office, (it was up against block busters like the"The Lion King" and "The Mask") and mixed reviews from critics, I think this little gem of the early 1990's has been overlooked.
The story revolves around Lamont Cranston an American who turns evil opium warlord in China after a World War I, he is abducted by a holy man who knows his true identity. The holy man tutors Lamont, instills in him a sense of good and teaches him the power to cloud men's minds which allows him to become invisible except for his shadow.
Cranston returns to New York, rich playboy by day and crime fighter by night. Shiwan Khan, another student of the holy man and with mind control superpowers, comes to New York intending to destroy the city with a primitive atomic bomb. The film revolves around the struggle between Lamont Cranston as the Shadow and the evil Shiwan Khan. Lamont also struggle with his own personal demons of acts he committed as an a warlord.
This movie does a good job of depicting the culture of the 1930s New York City and depicting the many neat gadgets at the Shadow's disposal.
So purchase or rent a copy on Amazon of this great little gem of a movie and start your own cult following!
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Official Movie Trailer for The Shadow