Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004

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(83) IMDb 6.1/10

The debut feature for director Kerry Conran, this sci-fi action adventure romp pays homage to comics and serials of the 1940s such as Flash Gordon and Superman.

Starring:
Julian Curry,Giovanni Ribisi
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance
Director Kerry Conran
Starring Julian Curry, Giovanni Ribisi
Supporting actors Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Olivier, Jude Law, Bai Ling, Michael Gambon, Dr. Totenkopf, Trevor Baxter, Omid Djalili
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By cornwallnick on 10 Jan. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I love this film, its got a great cast, a decent story line and looks fabulous on the screen.

No HD audio but does have DTS sound.

I like all the references to World War 2. Like the design of the film - film noir 40's look. Not alot to fault. Its got lots of action, robots, dinosaurs, rockets, special effects, exposions, planes that turn into submarines, and a older looking version of Captain Scarlet's Cloudbase - Whats not to like?

Will be a blu ray that will be put on regularly.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Stuart L. Macrae on 1 Dec. 2008
Format: Blu-ray
One of the first movies to be shot completely via blue screen and a joy to behold on blu-ray. With a nod to german expressionism, the shadows and mise-en-scene of 30s/40s Hollywood film noir, and a plot reminiscent of the Flash Gordon/Buck Rodgers adventure serials this is terrific entertainment and a feast for the eyes. The cast are superb; Law and Paltrow recreate a Bogart & Bacall/Tracy & Hepburn-esque love/hate relationship convincingly and with great humour, whilst Jolie has some fun with a stiff-upper lip accent (not easy with her lips!). Director Kerry Conran took four years to make a short black and white trailer for this movie at home on an apple computer to convince Hollywood to get behind this project - thank goodness they did! I am really looking forward to seeing more movies from this cinematography genius.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 May 2005
Format: DVD
Bottom line - if, like me, you love Flash Gordon, King of the Rocket Men (incidentally, when's that going to get a release?) and Undersea Kingdom, you're going to enjoy this. And no, there's little character development or complex scripting. The reason being: it's a film about big robots and spaceships. Simple as that folks, if you don't get your jollies at the sight of a plane with flapping wings, this just isn't going to work for you. Me, I used to watch Manhunt of Mystery Island in the school holidays and this took me right back there again.
This is the anti-Star Wars (no faux-emotional undertones or god-awful 70s mysticism). It's what adventure films used to be like. If I want serious stuff, I'll watch Das Boot or Brazil. If I want to see Jude Law blow things up whilst Angelina struts about in an RAF fetish outfit and eye-patch, I think this is where I'll be.
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I was very disappointed by this film and I barely managed to finish watching it. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

In an alternate history, in 1939, the zeppelin Hindenburg III arrives in New York City, mooring at the Empire State Building. A frightened scientist named Dr. Jorge Vargas (Julian Curry) makes arrangements for a package containing two vials to be delivered to a Dr. Walter Jennings (Trevor Baxter), then vanishes. Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), a newspaper reporter for "The Chronicle", looks into the disappearances of Vargas and five other renowned scientists. Then suddenly an army of giant robots attacks New York City... Nothing more will be said about the story.

This film was an attempt at launching a new kind of SF sub-genre, the "diesel punk" (after the futuristic "cyber-punk" and the XIX century based "steam punk") with extravagant stories situated in the years 1918-1939. This kind of world already exists by the way, in the game system "Call of Cthulhu" and it is quite an interesting thing. Here however the attempt completely failed, not because the idea was bad, but because the execution was horrible.

The BIG problem with this thing is that it is B-O-R-I-N-G! I failed to get involved into the story, I couldn't care less about the main character (Sky Captain played by Jude Law), the mystery was hardly very mysterious, there was no credible villains (a pity because this film wasted one of the coolest names ever for a villain - Dr. Totenkopf!), action scenes were rather pathetic, etc. etc.

Even more incredibly the director chose for Gwyneth Paltrow a look which transformed this one of the most gorgeous women alive into a barely average chick...
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Format: VHS Tape
"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" represents the triumph of style over substance, the P-40 Tomahawk over mechanical monsters, and computer generated actors over death itself. That last part is actually the tip of an ethical iceberg that has the potential of being the biggest point of contention in Hollywood since Ted Turner broke out his box of crayons and started colorizing black & white classic films. But for now we can just enjoy director-writer Kerry Conran's tribute to both the decade and the serials of the 1930s done with enough digital magic to make going over the rainbow seem like an unnecessary journey.
The story begins in a New York City untouched by either the Great Depression or the madness of Hitler's Nazis. But there is still a Teutonic threat beginning to encroach on the civilized world courtesy of the brilliant, mysterious, and apparently evil Dr. Totenkopf (enjoy the surprise). Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), an intrepid reporter for "The Chronicle," stumbles upon the first significant clue about the good doctor only to be distracted by the legion of giant killer mechanical men walking down the streets of New York City. In defense of the city comes Joe Sullivan (Jude Law), the Sky Captain himself, whose P-40 Tomahawk with its Flying Tiger teeth has been souped up by his sidekick, Dex Dearborn (Giovanni Ribisi). Of course Polly and Joe had something in the past, so there is a lot of subtext to her backseat driving as they go merrily along.
In the grand tradition of the Saturday morning serial the hero and his gal get on the trail of the bad machines, fueled by Dex being kidnapped by a mysterious Asian woman (Bai Ling) and helped by a few old friends, most notably Franky Cook (Angelina Jolie), the commander of a most unusual British airship.
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