Phoenix Forgotten (2017) Movie Review

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Phoenix Forgotten (2017)

2017 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
87 minutes / 1h 27min

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Phoenix Forgotten Plot Synopsis:

Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed.

Phoenix Forgotten (2017) Review

Phoenix Forgotten (2017) is a PG-13 1h 27 min American found footage science-fiction mystery psychological horror film that was originally named Phoenix (2017). This movie had an estimated budget of $2.8 million and grossed over $3 million. First-time full-length director Justin Barber failed upon executing his first film. Phoenix Forgotten contains minor creep factors, video footage, paranormal, mysterious disappearance, aliens, and ufo.

Phoenix Forgotten revolves around the story of three teenagers disappearance who was on a quest to explore the 1997 UFO phenomenon that was known as the "Phoenix Lights.” Three teenagers venture out into the desert not too long after a bunch of mysterious lights appeared over Phoenix on March 13, 1997, because they wanted to document the strange occurrences. The three teenagers were never to be seen again after that night but unseen footage of that night was discovered on the 20th anniversary of the teen’s disappearance.

The footage displays the last final hours of their journey. Many viewers who have seen Blair Witch (2016) might find what I am about to say all too familiar. One of the teenager’s brother decides to investigate and film and documentary to unveil the truth about the teenager’s disappearance 20 years ago. Sophie (Florence Hartigan - Bad Breakup (2013), Rebecca D: The Bachelor Audition Video (2016), Shortland Street (2004-2005)) provided proof to the military that there is extraterrestrial life and was basically warned not to let that information out.

I gave this film a four because it was mostly a waste of my time and a cliche to other movies I have seen recently but I must admit that the first 15 minutes or so and about the last 5 minutes of the film was incredibly creepy. Phoenix Forgotten could have gotten a better score if it was not almost all talk/dialogue and no action, suspense, intense scenes, etc. it was mostly a dull watch except for the first 15 minutes and last five minutes. The actors did not help this movie escalate to being something better with their performance even Chelsea Lopez did not assist the film much.

  • Phoenix Forgotten Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 4.13
  • IMDB: 5.2
  • MetaCritic: 3.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.1

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About Phoenix Forgotten 2017

Title: Phoenix Forgotten
Year: 2017
Runtime: 87 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 2 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.07/5 stars from 4,848 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 4,848 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Phoenix Forgotten Cast Starring: Richard Cansino, Jeanine Jackson, Hector Luis Bustamante, Clint Jordan, Magdaleno Martin, Don Boyd, Daniel Korman, Mary McCarthy, Tony Duncan, James Coyle, Adriana Natale, Larry Toffler, Jonathan Schmock, Garth Pillsbury, Cynthia Quiles, Isabella Abiera, Michael Pitruzella, Mackenzie Firgens, Joseph J. LaRocca, Elizabeth Benjamin Rae, Martin J. Riddell, Cyd Strittmatter, David Feld, Dennis Keith Draime, Elizabeth Ruiz, Chelsea Lopez, Tom Moran, Gwyn Draime, Karla Van Wagner, Luke Spencer Roberts
Phoenix Forgotten Writers: T.S. Nowlin, Justin Barber
Phoenix Forgotten Director: Justin Barber
Box Office: $3,599,570
Production: Cinelou Films
Language: English
Country: USA