Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow (2004)

KERRY CONRAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.

USA/United Kingdom/Italy, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, Brooklyn Films II, Riff Raff Film Productions, Blue Flower Productions, Filmauro, Natural Nylon Entertainment.  Screenplay by Kerry Conran.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Kevin Conran.  Film Editing by .  

One of the most original looking movies made in the last decade, this thrilling adventure is a bit weak on plot but chock full of entertainment value.  is blandly stoic as a fighter pilot who is called upon to defend a forties-looking New York City from the invasion of giant robots who are destroying the city. Teaming up with an earnest reporter (, who does some very terrible blue-screen acting), the two of them go on a lengthy journey to investigate the origin of these strange creatures and their mission on Earth. What they reveal is a manner of villainy that is closer to home than they expected, and with the help of a tough RAF pilot ( in a wasted cameo) they fight to save civilization from complete destruction. Awe-inspiring production design and gorgeous effects complement a visual style that owes as much to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and film noir of the forties as it does to modern innovation. The story bounces along at a steady clip, but the last third isn’t enough of a climax to really sell the film all the way through.

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