Rating: PG for stylized sci-fi violence
Run Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
State-of-the-art special effects are the focus of this glorious re-hash of the old school sci-fi pictures of the 30s and 40s.
Youíve got to feel for stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, whose craft is limited to one-dimensional reactions in front of a giant bluescreen.† Paltrow is Chronicle reporter Polly Perkins, a hardcore career gal whoís going to get her story come hell or high water.† Law is her swashbuckling ex; sexy flyboy H. Joseph Sullivan (aka Sky Captain) who wings his way through the skies risking life and limb to save the populaceís necks.
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The perpetrator is none other than the eccentric, elusive Dr. Totenkopf (Laurence Olivier, yes that Laurence Olivier). Can the dynamic duo set aside their sizzling chemistry and stop the evil Doctor from conquering planet earth with his dangerous doomsday device?† With military resources stretched thin, Polly and Sky turn to fearless female aviator Franky Cook (Angelina Jolie as the crack commander of an all-female amphibious squadron) and techno wiz Dex Dearborn (Giovanni Ribisi) for help, and its full steam ahead for action and adventure.
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Paltrow and Law perform admirably considering the inherent challenges. Paltrow emphasizes the P in plucky, and Law literally glows as our drop-dead hunky hero. †Jolie and Ribisi shine in smaller roles, nearly stealing the show from under the A-listersí noses. Olivier is brought to the screen a la the miracle of modern machines and manís imagination.
Technologically speaking, Sky Captain paves the way for the future of computer-spawned cinema.† The rub is that classic production design and its simple sensibilities donít necessarily jibe with the contemporary high-octane action style so familiar to new millennium viewers.† Nonetheless, writer/director/software visionary Kerry Conran has converted his original six-minute short into a chimeric big-screen extravaganza thatís refreshingly unique.