The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
USA / English
"Prepare for the Extraordinary "In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.
The League of SO MUCH Potential
Sean Connery is a very distinguished actor. He has appeared in several
great films spanning decades. He was the original 007 James Bond and
has since made his mark on the American Cinema. His way or presenting a
line is uncanny. Connery is a real hero. His character Allan
Quartermain is no different.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen shows the world during the turn
of the century, 1900. The dawn of a new era is about to begin as the
world changes into the industrial, mechanized age. New technologies are
being developed and Europe is gripped with terror. The man known as
"The Fantom" is toying with England and Germnay, starting what seems
like a war between the two. Desperate times call for desperate
measures. Allan Quartermain is picked to lead a team of select
individuals on an expedition to find and stop "The Fantom". Allan is
teamed up with Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), Mina Harker (Peta
Wilson), Tom Sawyer (Shane West), Dorian Grey (Stuart Townsend), Dr.
Jekyll (and Mr. Hyde; Jason Flemyng), and Rodney Skinner known as "The
Invisible Man" (Tony Curran).
This movie features a team of famous characters of literature that suit
this period. The idea for the film is very ingenious. Most movies of
heroes and people with special talents center around figures from
today, not from yesterday. Although some of the characters might not be
recognizable to children, they don't really have to know about them.
This isn't the best kids movie, with scenes of intense action and some
not too pleasant graphics (Dr Jekyll to Mr. Hyde transformation). This
movie could have been so much more. For some reason it just didn't
click. The cast does an OK job of bringing these characters to life,
but there was room for improvement. Sometimes the effects overtake the
story and bring down the whole movie.
It is an enjoyable movie but isn't for everyone. It's a good adventure
and a decent picture all together. It's nothing to special but it
doesn't hurt to watch. Connery is good as the aging Quartermain and
with the father/son relationship with West, there is more to just the
cat and mouse adventure. LXG is a pleasant film that could have been
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