The Shadow (1994)

RUSSELL MULCAHY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Bregman/Baer Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the character from stories by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Alec Baldwin plays the lead character, a superhero originally born on a famous radio program decades ago. The Shadow is a former druglord in the Far East who reforms, thanks to the help of an Asian shaman, then comes to New York to keep evildoers in line. Forming a network of support from various workers in the city, from bakers to cabdrivers, he soon enlists help from all of them when he is required to fight the evil presence of Genghis Khan (), a villain intent on (what else?) world domination.   is as equally unmemorable in the role of the ingenue as is this entire production, directed by Russell Mulcahy with very little panache and certainly no sense of fun. Baldwin is perfect for the part, but everything going on around him is so dull and forgettable.

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