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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)



Critic Consensus: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is slim on plot and characterization, but the visuals more than make up for it.

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Famous scientists around the world have mysteriously disappeared and "Chronicle" reporters Polly Perkins, and ace aviator Sky Captain, are both on the investigation. Risking their lives as they travel to exotic places around the world, can the fearless duo stop Dr. Totenkopf, the evil mastermind behind a plot to destroy the earth? Aided by Franky Cook, commander of an all-female amphibious squadron, and technical genius Dex, Polly and Sky Captain may be our planet's only hope.

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Gwyneth Paltrow
as Polly Perkins
Jude Law
as Sky Captain
Michael Gambon
as Editor Paley
Laurence Olivier
as Dr. Totenkopf
Trevor Baxter
as Dr. Jennings
Julian Curry
as Dr. Vargas
Bai Ling
as Mysterious Woman
Peter Law
as Dr. Kessler
Jon Rumney
as German Scientist
Louis Hilyer
as Executive Officer
Mark Wells
as Communications Engineer
James Cash
as Uniformed Officer
Tenzin Bhagen
as Kalacakra Priest
Thupten Tsondru
as Dying Old Man
Nancy Crane
as Receptionist
William Hope
as American Broadcaster
Mido Himadi
as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (54)

The script suffers from sloppy dialogue ("alert the amphibious squadron!") and plotting (a very vague Macguffin, risible exposition, two suspenseless countdown finales). But flimsy characterisation is the biggest problem ...

June 18, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Lots for both kids and adults to enjoy.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This debut feature by Kerry Conran is a triumph not only for its technical mastery but for its good taste.

June 8, 2007 | Full Review…

For its writer-director, Sky Captain was a labour of love. For almost everyone else -- including the wooden cast -- it's just a labour.

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The clincher is how the actors are reduced to puppets and ciphers; Paltrow straight-jacketed in her Hildy Johnson-style two-piece and the evidently bored Law reduced throughout half the movie to giving the gimlet eye through flying goggles.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

It should feel like Star Wars, yet it fails to feel like a movie at all. Conran has done his work almost too well. It's as if you're sitting in front of an outsize comic book with a speed reader as page-turner.

January 17, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

After a second viewing, I lowered my rating significantly. This whole movie is exposition, with a ridiculously wooden plot. I appreciate the audacity of the style, but that's about it. Part of that early 2000s rash of terrible attempts to resurrect the 1940s style: lump this in with The Good German and Leatherheads, among other complete misfires.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

A technical wonder of a tribute to the action/adventure films of 30's Hollywood ... lacking the most important element other than chills and thrills: character development, the human element, the ghost in the machine, the stuff that seduces an audience into caring about the schlubs jumping through hoops. The Indiana Jones series carry the same DNA and knew enough to break the action long enough so you got the impression of knowing the cliches always in harms way. This one regrettably misses that key ingredient. Still its a marvel of execution.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

In an alternate version of wartime New York, a dashing mercenary tries to prevent the evil plot of a megalomaniacal German scientist and his army of giant robots. One of the first films to abandon sets and locations in favour of green screen CGI, Sky Captain still looks surprisingly good. As such, it can be blamed for everything from the sins of Lucas and Cameron to Sin City but although the CGI looks dated, the fact that it beautifully renders the retro look of the 1940s means that it never looks cheap and nasty. Add some gorgeous art deco production design and a very attractive cast and this film is still rather special to look at. The plot, although rather episodic and convoluted and often just an excuse to cue up another visual spectacle, does successfully capture the cheerful corniness of the Saturday morning serials it sets out to reproduce and although I did tune out from time to time when the actors' lips were moving, it never gets overly dull. An entertainingly cheesy homage to Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers that does exactly what it says on the tin.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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