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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The (2003)

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Original Title : League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The
Director : Stephen Norrington
Writer : Alan Moore
Kevin O'Neill
James Robinson
Genre : Action
Sci-Fi
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Trevor Albert , Trevor Albert , Rick Benattar , Sean Connery , Bruce Devan , Mark Gordon , Don Murphy , Michael Nelson , Michael Nelson
Music : Trevor Jones
Photography : Dan Laustsen
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence, language and innuendo.
IMDB ID : 0311429
Official site : http://www.die-liga-der-aussergewoehnlichen-gentlemen.de/
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Starring

Sean Connery Allan Quatermain
Naseeruddin Shah Captain Nemo
Peta Wilson Mina Harker
Tony Curran Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man
Stuart Townsend Dorian Gray
Shane West Tom Sawyer
Jason Flemyng Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde
Richard Roxburgh M
Max Ryan Dante
Tom Goodman-Hill Sanderson Reed
David Hemmings Nigel
Terry O'Neill Ishmael
Rudolf Pellar Draper
Robert Willox Constable Dunning
Robert Orr Running Officer
Michael McGuffie Copper
Joel Kirby Copper
Marek Vasut Soldier
Ewart James Walters Toby
Michal Grün Assassin
Robert Vahey Elderly Hunter
Sylvester Morand Old Treveler
Mariano Titanti Edgar Shreave
Huggy Leaver Hanson Cab Driver
Pavel Bezdek Marksman
Stanislav Adamickij Marksman
James Babson Marksman
San Shella Terrified Crewman
Ellen Savaria Recordist
Riz Meedin Venice Conning Tower Crewman
Sartaj Garewal Rocket Room Crewman
Neran Persaud Crewman Patel
Andrew Rajan Headphones Crewman
Daniel Brown Stunned Guard
Aftab Sachak Breathless Crewman
Guy Singh Digpal Signal Crewman
Harmage Singh Kalirai Chrewman Chandra
Brian Caspe Guard
Robert Goodman Valet
Rene Hajek Flame Thrower
Semere-Ad Etmet Yohannes Witch Doctor
Winter Ave Zoli Eva (uncredited
 

Plot

In this extraordinary adventure, the Fantom is trying to start a World War, and be at the head of it. The Fantom has highly superior weapons to the normal weapons of that day, and he also has extreme cunning, as we see by his tricking the countries into suspecting each other for war-mongering. A supposed loyalist to her Majesty's Empire is sent to fetch Allan Quartermain(Sean Connery) in an effort to track down the group who is trying to start the war. In a private and secret meeting, Quartermain meets who he is to be teaming up with on this mission. He is accompanied by Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), Mina Harker (Peta Wilson), Rodney Skinner (the Invisible Man, Tony Curran), Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend), Tom Sawyer (Shane West), and Dr. Henry Jekyll (Also Mr. Edward Hyde, Jason Flemyng). Soon into their adventure they discover that the Fantom is behind these attacks, but there is more to this war than battle and cunning.
 

Comments

"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" boasts some extraordinary visual effects, but the rest of the film is anything but extraordinary... With Sean Connery appearing in roughly one film per two years, one would think he has the time, or at least would take an interest in choosing quality work. But alas, we are subjected to "The Avengers," one of - if not the - worst film of the decade...and now...this? Hardly a bad motion picture, but then again, hardly an Academy Award Winner. Believability isn't this film's strongest trait. I came close to recommending it a few times - I really did, I wanted to - but there was a particular scene involving a car chase through the streets of Venice (streets that, like the film critic Roger Ebert stated, do not even exist) that literally insulted my intelligence - at least, what little intelligence I have. I may not be the smartest person but by George I think that a bit more confidence in the audience's knowledge is in store. Keep in mind that the year is 1899 - automobiles have hardly been invented - yet we are shown one zipping around at not 100 miles per hour, through streets that never - and don't - exist, past guards who can't seem to be able to shoot a cat off a flea's back at two yards, and through pillars and windy little crevices and who knows what else, and all the while this vehicle is being driven by a young American not twenty-four years old. I'm the last person to complain about believability - but this even pushed it for me. And I'm the guy who recommended "Commando." Ah, yes, there is a plot behind this mess, but not a very smart one at all. Sean Connery plays Allan Quartermain. With the intended audience of this film obviously being little kids and rednecks living in their parents' basement in Louisiana with fourth grade educations (you know who you are), perhaps the filmmakers thought that they could dupe everyone into believing that Allan Quartermain is responsible in part for the creation of the quarter. Heck, for the heck of it, let's just say he is - we can't screw up facts any more than they already are! Quartermain is like the father of Indiana Jones - oh, wait, didn't Connery play that part already? He's a legendary adventurer responsible for renowned events around the world - events never ventured into whatsoever. An emissary from England mentions he is the role model for all little boys and the focus of all their stories. Perhaps he meant to say the laughing stock. Who knows? No, seriously, Quartermain has been invited to join "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman," a league of gentlemen with extraordinary powers - ironically one is a woman. Perhaps a more appropriate - and yes, more marketable - title would have been "The League of Extraordinary People Which May or May Not Include Hot Women." It sure would be more marketable to the male teenagers out there, wouldn't it? Also in the team are such daring and wonderful characters as Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah - say it ten times fast), a retired pirate, Mina Harker (Peta Wilson), a she-vampire, Rodney Skinner (Tony Curran), a British pickpocket with an obviously low IQ but yet a man who managed to dabble in invisibility, hardly an easy subject for those with simple minds, with strange results, Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend), who you may remember is the man who remained at ease with his conscience through incidents relating to a portrait of his soul, Tom Sawyer (Shane West), one of them thar' American folk, and last, but certainly not least in terms of mass, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Jason Flemyng and The Incredible Hulk), who bears a striking resemblance to both The Hulk and the nightclub gorilla from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) when morphed. There are a lot of mistakes in "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman," and not all of them have to do with geographical or factual errors. First of all, the characters from classic fiction are totally f****ed up. Since when was Dorian Gray invincible? In one scene he comes up with bullet holes through his body and he never even flinches. As far as I knew his mind was at rest with his actions in Oscar Wilde's classic tale, and his age remained permanent, but he was hardly ever indestructible, and the thing that got me the most was Mr. Hyde. Having read Robert Louis Stevenson's truly wonderful tale, I felt cheated by the character shown here - he looked like Shrek and a giant gorilla's offspring. Only uglier. I always got the idea from Stevenson's text that Mr. Hyde was a bit of a shy, awkward, short character who lurked in the shadows and had a disfigured face - this Mr. Hyde is just another special effects extravaganza who gets to wipe out hoards of enemy soldiers like bowling pins with one mighty swing of a forearm. And since when did he get to choose when he wanted to turn back into Dr. Jekyll? I always assumed it happened involuntarily... "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" boasts some extraordinary visual effects, but the rest of the film is anything but extraordinary. And I really felt cheated when I realized that Mr. Hyde was a big Hulk who could change back and forth voluntarily just like the former rather than being the darker, more disfigured character Stevenson envisioned. Some day they should get a good modern remake of the book with just enough visual effects to make him look terrifying but still somewhat human. In the meantime, the director of "The Extraordinary League of Gentlemen," Stephen Norrington, may soon be receiving a phone call from Stan Lee. 2.5/5 - John Ulmer
 
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