Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Released: 2004

Reviewed: 12.24.09
Star rating: 3 out of 5

Gwyneth Paltrow (Polly), Jude Law (Sky Captain), Giovanni Ribisi (Dex), Michael Gambon (Editor), Ling Bai (Mysterious Woman), Omid Djalili (Kaji), Laurence Olivier (Totenkopf), Angelina Jolie (Franky).

Giant flying robots are attacking key points the world over for reasons unknown and when New York is targeted they call Sky Captain for help. Meanwhile reporter Polly is following a story of disappearing scientists the world over. Before long the two are teamed up to try and solve the mystery and save the world.

This one starts off strangely enough with unusual graphics I've heard called Art Deco giving the movie an almost 50's cartoon feel. Rather than character development or plot setting, this one gets moving by jumping straight into the plot. Once that is done the sci-fi element of the film kicks off as the flying robots attack. From then the film is largely from the perspective of Sky Captain or Polly as it morphs into an action adventure flick.

Acting was interesting but not necessarily good. Many of the characters felt plastic and fake but given the type of film that was probably by design, not accident or failure. Paltrow, Law, and Jolie all did nicely however Ribisi was most enjoyable in my opinion and could have had more of a role in the film.

Camera work, sets and backgrounds were much like acting. Due to the type of film it was difficult to tell what sets were real and what was CGI. Guessing I'd say most of the film was CGI that was done consistently with the genre. Dialogue, sound and soundtrack were nicely done and the film appears to have had a good budget.

Overall, and interesting and unusual sci-fi with a distinctly industrial feel. Sci-fi violence and brief mild language but really there is nothing here to limit audience age.

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