The Shadow (1994)

1994 | PG-13 | Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, Crime

User Score: 40/100


In 30's New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.

The Shadow (1994) is an American superhero action crime movie that was filmed in five different locations in California. Director Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Highlander (1986), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)) did an exceptional job executing this movie. The film contains more action scenes than violent scenes, no nudity as it is PG-13, no graphic scenes and nothing that kid should be afraid of except for a male peeling the skin off of his face to show another face underneath, not bloody.

Lamont Cranston (Alec Baldwin - Beetlejuice (1988), The Departed (2006), 30 Rock (2006), The Hunt for Red October (1990)) is an American in Tibet. He was there for the First World War and became a very dark person as a result of the war. He changed his name to Ying-Ko (Mandarin Chinese for "Dark Eagle") as he became a brutal warlord and opium kingpin. Tulku (Brady Tsurutani) is a holy man that had his servants kidnapped by Ying-Ko. Tulku knows who Lamont’s real identity is and after a few events, Lamont/King-Yo stays under the tutelage of Tulku for seven years. Lamont returned to New York to live his not so normal life after leaving Tulku. Lamont terrorizes the underworld and recruits the citizens that he saves. Lamont is known as The Shadow and uses his agents to provide him with informants and specialists. The Shadow/Lamont meets Margo Lane (Penelope Ann Miller - The Artist (2011), Carlito’s Way (1993), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Awakenings (1990)) who is a socialite and a natural telepath. Lamont likes Margo a great deal but refrains himself from seeing her because he cannot keep her from reading his thoughts.

Lamont goes from dealing with one situation to another as he encounters Shiwan Khan (John Lone - The Last Emperor (1987), Rush Hour 2 (2001), War (2007)) who is evil and was a student of Tulku. Khan seeks world domination where he gave Lamont a coin that is made of metal that can destroy an entire city after Lamont refuses to be his partner. The movie became interesting as Khan hypnotizes Margo to kill Lamont after Lamont found out that Khan had kidnapped Margo’s father, Reinhardt. Reinhardt (Ian McKellen - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)) was an atomic scientist that worked for the War Department. What happens next is for you to discover.

The movie overall was a good watch but is something that I will not watch again because there were too many flaws to be overlooked for a poor screenplay. The movie was entertaining at points but appeared to be dragged on and slow paced at various parts throughout the film. Maybe I was not open-minded when viewing this movie recently but I think if I had seen it back in the mid-1990s then it would have been better. I have seen so many super-hero adaptations before viewing this movie, and I feel that this movie is missing something to give it the extra push it needs to be more amazing. The actors were okay and did an average job with their respective roles. The sets were done nicely and were one of the best features of the movie as well as the special effects, but it was not enough to make the movie into an excellent watch for me.

About The Shadow (1994)

Title: The Shadow
Year: 1994
Starring: Frank Welker, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry, Aaron Lustig, Al Leong, John Kapelos, Peter Boyle, Barry Dennen, Steve Hytner, James Lew, Robert Trebor, Leo Lee, Nathan Jung, Patrick Fischler, Joseph Maher, Penelope Ann Miller, Gerald Okamura, James Hong, Nils Allen Stewart, Larry Hankin, Larry Joshua, Max Wright, Al Goto, Alec Baldwin, Ethan Phillips, Wesley Mann, Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad, Rudolph Willrich, Stuart Quan, Fred Sanders
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2/5 stars from 10 users. Votes: 10.
Genre: Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, Crime
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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