Writer: Kerry Conran (Screenplay)
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gamon, Bai Ling, Omid Djalili, Angelina Jolie
Plot: In 1939, an intrepid reporter in New York City makes a connection between the story she’s covering– of famous scientists suddenly disappearing around the world, and a recent attack on the city by giant robots. Determined to find the solution to these happenings, she seeks the help of her ex-boyfriend, the captain of a mercenary legion of pilots. The two are investigating the case when the robots attack the city again, though in a stroke of luck, Sky Captain’s right hand man is able to locate their source. They then set off on an adventure in search of the evil mastermind behind these schemes, who is bent on creating a utopia and destroying the current world.
Verdict: Too Early
Story: The basic storyline is easy enough to follow, an evil scientist is trying to take over the world using all the other scientists and their skills to create a potential doomsday device. We have an unlikely sexual tension fuel pairing trying to stop the scientist following all sorts of clues taking them all over the world. We get a string of support characters that help on different parts of the mission, each providing important information for the next chapter of the journey. It is simple to watch, the film is more about the visuals. (7/10)
Gwyneth Paltrow: Polly Perkins the reporter than will stop at nothing to get her story, risking hers or anybody else’s life to get the perfect shot. Good performance in her first outing as a PP (Other being Pepper Potts) as she gets some funny damsel is distress moments. (7/10)
Jude Law: Sky Captain the cocky pilot who always comes to the rescue whenever the world needs him and is expert flying skills. Good performance from Law filled with plenty of cockiness and a flirting that has two women wooing for him. (8/10)
Giovanni Ribisi: Dex the tech guy who keeps everything running smoothly for Sky Captain and all his contacts by providing all the latest equipment for everyone. Good performance as he gets some laughs for his gun and always finds a way to get a message across. (7/10)
Bai Ling: Mysterious Woman an assassin who works for the villain and has control over all the machines. Good performance showing fighting skills and ruthlessness. (7/10)
Angelina Jolie: Franky one of the captain’s most trust friends in the skies, they always have each other’s backs when they are against the walls. Good supporting performance with her complete officer role. (7/10)
Director Review: Kerry Conran – Ambitious direction here showing a vision that may have been a bit too early but watching now looks good. (7/10)
Action: Solid action scenes mostly in dog fights. (9/10)
Sci-Fi: very good look at how things could have been different with technology creation. (9/10)
Settings: Each setting is computer generated to match the time period and works nicely with the ideas of what is going on. (9/10)
Special Effects: The whole film is done with CGI and everything works out to be very ambitious for the time but getting rewarded now. (10/10)
Suggestion: I think this is something to be trying (Try)
Best Part: The Visuals
Worst Part: Even though I like the visuals, they have a retro look, if it was made now imagine what it could look like.
Action Scene Of The Film: Underwater dog fight.
Funniest Scene: Final line.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $70 Million
Budget: $58 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
Tagline: Who will save us?
Overall: Ambitious For the Time, Retro Look Now