John Travolta (George Malley), Kyra Sedgwick (Lace
Pennamin), Robert Duvall (Doc Brunder), Forest Whitaker (Nate Pope), Jeffrey DeMunn (Prof. John Ringold), Richard Kiley (Dr. Wellin)
Phenomenon is a film very much of two contrasting halves.
Starting out as an intriguing piece of science fiction fantasy with John Travolta giving a very good performance as a man perplexed by the superhuman powers he develops after witnessing a
supernatural event in the night sky. From a humble mechanic in a small town he finds his intelligence and thirst for more knowledge has increased, as well as the ability to predict natural
disasters and telekenesis.
Unfortunately, the second half takes a nosedive into
turgid new-age weepie territory, where it makes a complete hash of everything that came before it by dishing out a contrived explanation for it all before delivering a religious subplot
preaching that we should all love each other, or whatever.