Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

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Director: Kerry Conran, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie

Cast: Kerry Conran, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie

     
 

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Directed by Kerry Conran, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow revolves around the mysterious disappearance of some of the world's most revered scientists. When an investigation is launched, Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), reporter for the prestigious Chronicle, and Sky Captain (Jude Law), resident flying ace, are at the forefront of the case. Though the

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Directed by Kerry Conran, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow revolves around the mysterious disappearance of some of the world's most revered scientists. When an investigation is launched, Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), reporter for the prestigious Chronicle, and Sky Captain (Jude Law), resident flying ace, are at the forefront of the case. Though the mission's perks include traveling around the world, the stout-hearted duo are nonetheless risking their lives with each passing moment, as the culprit is none other than the nefarious Dr. Totenkopf, and his goal, from what they can gather, is to destroying the earth in its entirety. Luckily, Sky Captain and Polly are not alone -- Franky Cook (Angelina Jolie), the commander of an all-female amphibious squadron, and Dex (Giovanni Ribisi), an unparalleled technical genius, have joined them in hopes of saving the planet before it's too late. Laurence Olivier appears posthumously as Dr. Totenkopf, via old film-clips "recycled" (or CG-altered) to fit the dialogue and scenes at hand. ~ Tracie Cooper

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A delightfully campy mélange of ingredients borrowed from old comic books, cartoons, movie serials, and pulp science fiction novels, Sky Captain reflects in every stylized frame the love its director, Kerry Conran, has for high adventure of the Indiana Jones variety. Rather audaciously, he designed the entire film to be fashioned via computer, using state-of-the-art graphics programs to create sets, props, backgrounds, and even hordes of people. His actors were filmed on nearly bare sound stages, reacting to actions and objects they couldn't see, and their images were inserted into computerized images. The story takes place in the days just before World War II, as a power-hungry mad scientist named Totenkopf (archival footage of the late Laurence Olivier) uses mechanical monsters and futuristic weapons to lay waste to entire cities. This mass devastation, however, is only a prelude to a more devious plan, which only the intrepid Sky Captain (Jude Law) and his reporter girlfriend, Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), can foil. They are assisted by the Captain's trusty assistant, Dex (Giovanni Ribisi), and his old flame, aviatrix Francesca "Franky" Cook (the scene-stealing Angelina Jolie, wearing a skin-tight leather costume and sporting an eye patch). Conran has executed this unbelievably complex project with nary a flaw; it's practically impossible to detect any seams in this visually sumptuous romp. Film buffs and comic book fans will enjoy cataloguing the innumerable pop culture references sprinkled throughout. For example, one showstopping set piece early in the film replicates, shot for shot, a dazzling sequence from a 1941 Superman cartoon. Aside from the understandable difficulty involved in such an undertaking (and they're all chronicled in supplemental features), the cast members seem to be having a great time. And we think you can count on the same.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a grand, lush spectacle that can astound or let down its audience at each wildly creative turn. To its credit, the film is lighthearted and visually sumptuous, packed with the kind of gee-whiz awe that rarely makes it to the big screen. Refreshingly, it does so without one bit of camp or irony in its bones. Hearkening back to the sci-fi pulp of the '40s, the film's look is a living and breathing homage to everything from Max Fleisher's Superman cartoons to Flash Gordon serials. The world that director Kerry Conran and his production designer/brother Kevin meticulously realized is one where the imagination of yesteryear is translated through the help of modern technology into a magical place where big robots and jetpacks reign supreme. Though the groundbreaking painterly effects define Sky Captain's world, it's the characters who populate it that pull the film's canvas together. Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow do an extraordinary job interacting with sets that were never there, but its their stumbling on the lackluster script that results in poor chemistry and cringe-worthy banter. Law himself shows zero machismo as Sky Captain; while his costar excels at playing, well, a feisty version of herself. On the upside, Giovanni Ribisi banks on subtlety with his sidekick character and it works, as does Angelina Jolie, whose tough British sneer chews up the screen charmingly well and makes each and every viewer wish that she owned the screen more than her top-billed thespian costars. Though the flick loses some of its steam after the bravura first act, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow still is an impressive start out of the gate for first-timer Conran, who gets to live out his dream here, viscerally satisfying audiences in a way that even the Hollywood heavyweights have a hard time delivering these days -- it's just too bad that more time wasn't spent on selling the drama rather than the eye-popping effects.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929300891
Original Release:
2004
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
21,393

Special Features

Commentary by Producer Jon Avnet; Commentary by Writer and Director Kerry Conran and the VFX Crew - Production Designer Kevin Conran, Animation Director/Digital Effects Supervisor Steve Yamamoto and Visual Effects Supervisor Darin Hollings; Brave New World - Chapter 1; Brave New World - Chapter 2; The Art of World of Tomorrow ; The Original Six-Minute Short; Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Anatomy of a Virtual Scene; 3 Theatrical Trailers HD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gwyneth Paltrow Polly Perkins
Jude Law Joe "Sky Captain" Sullivan
Angelina Jolie Franky Cook
Giovanni Ribisi Dex Dearborn
Michael Gambon Morris Paley
Bai Ling Mysterious Woman
Omid Djalili Kaji
Laurence Olivier Dr. Totenkopf
Trevor Baxter Dr. Jennings
Julian Curry Dr. Vargas

Technical Credits
Kerry Conran Director,Costumes/Costume Designer,Screenwriter
Eric Adkins Cinematographer
Jon Avnet Producer
Judy Bradbury Set Decoration/Design
Brooke Breton Co-producer
Kevin Conran Production Designer
Kirsten Conran Art Director
David Crozier Sound/Sound Designer
Aurelio De Laurentiis Executive Producer
Raffaella de Laurentiis Executive Producer
Sadie Frost Producer
Marcia Gay Asst. Director
Bill Haber Executive Producer
Hester Hargett-Aupetit Co-producer
Jude Law Producer
Stella McCartney Costumes/Costume Designer
Marsha Oglesby Producer
Rick Pagano Casting
Sabrina Plisco-Morris Editor
Robert Gordon Associate Producer
Robert Gordon Associate Producer
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Mike Stallion Art Director
Michael Tresaugue Set Decoration/Design
Sheila Trezise Casting
David Warren Art Director

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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A film directed and made in the old way. Wonderful and welldone. The plots are dense and rich, the acting refers to the forties science-fi or thriller films. The acting is very peculiar: Gynneth Paltrow could be Laureen Bacall in Casablanca...The colors like a mastered old rediscovered film (extraordinary)! The montage is quick, dynamic, the attention constantly focused on a new adventure.Allusions to Indiana Jones, Buck Dany,Superman are numerous. It also made me think of spy-films made in the Forties. I enjoyed the quick and adventureful rhythm of this film. it needs to be appreciated in itself without too much comparisons to others. But finding the allusions is a real game when you see it more than one time. You never bore yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This poor movie has gotten such a bad rap due to comparisons to other films. I think it needs to be appreciated on it's own merit. The craftsmanship and creativity demonstrated by the director is, I think, very ingenious. Yes, it is designed to look like some of the old black and white films but we can't make those anymore, nor should we expect anything to look like those classics. I think this takes an old format and puts a modern spin on it. And this is just the beginning..the next film like this will improve upon the concept!
CharmingTNT More than 1 year ago
I thought that this movie was very well done. It's hard to believe that a great deal of this movie was done on a green screen. Most of the background was completed on a computer. Watch the special features really showed the technical side of it. It's worth watching. I believe that it is meant for kids. It's sort of like watching a comic book movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow Is Something You Have See On Blu-Ray Disc I Recommend That You Up Grade To Blu-Ray From Your Old Dvd?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. The FX are awesome, but the intentional soft focus began to irritate me after the first few minutes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film showcases some amazing visuals and a lighthearted sense of fun only rivaled by the Indiana Jones and Star Wars series. The acting is solid especially a digitally spliced performance by Sir Laurence Olivier, one that becomes erie when the true nature of his character is revealed. It is fast paced, adrennaline pumping and absolutely 100% entertaining! A must for any sci-fi fan or even a fan of classic cinema (there is a neat scene that uses a scene from the Wizard of Oz as a backdrop and the film's visual style makes it seem like the best sci-fi from the 40's that was never made.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a scients fiction lovers dream movie. A mix of reality and fantasy, comic book flashback. Movies like this is seldom seen on the big screen now a days. After leaving the theater I couldn`t wait to get it in dvd format. This is a must have for all scients fiction fans and lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awsome movie with tons of awsome acting and action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie promised something it is not: fun. It is quite dull, not even a pale comparision to other adventures films like the Indiana Jones movies. And it is a pity, because both casting and special effects are great. The problem is the script and the pacing, which are uninteresting and superficial. I can not recommend it.
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