Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow

6.01 h 46 min2004X-RayPG
When mysterious giant robots begin attacking the streets of New York City, intrepid reporter Polly Perkins is on the story and enlists the aid of ace aviator and old flame Joseph “Sky Captain” Sullivan.
Kerry Conran
Jude LawGwyneth PaltrowAngelina Jolie
SuspenseAdventureActionScience Fiction
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Giovanni Ribisi
Jon AvnetBrooke BretonAurelio De LaurentiisRaffaella De LaurentiisSadie FrostRobert GordonBill HaberHester HargettJude LawMarsha Oglesby
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Chad IconReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
There Is Nothing Good Here
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I cannot understand why this movie has such a high star-rating. There is nothing good here, and I'm certainly no high-brow film snob.
The special effects are not good.
The dialog is... OMG, so atrociously lame it's embarrassing.
Your concern for the main characters' well-being will be 0.3 on a scale from 1 to 10.
Accepting the plausibility of the film's "reality" requires either super-human suspension of disbelief, or severe pre-existing damage to your prefrontal cortex. Nothing about it makes sense even as "alternate history."
I've heard better plots during a 5-year-old's explanation of his crayon drawing.
The action ties into the characters; you don't care about them, so the boilerplate action is merely droll (and even that description is hyperbolic flattery).
Zero chemistry between the "romantically linked" leads.
There's not even a little sexiness thrown in for a cheap shot of dopamine. No cleavage, no flexing pecks, no leather-hugged tushies; nothing!
There is just nothing here to make it - even a LITTLE - worth watching.
It's just... listen, your life will lack nothing if you skip watching this cow-plop of a film. And if you just need some distraction for about two hours, there are at least 44,000,000 other choices that are superior.
Alrighty, then. Thank me later...
34 people found this helpful
SciFi-Kaiju-Guy @ TeePublicReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The closest we'll probably ever get to seeing a homemade fanfilm on the big screen.
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BOTTOM LINE: Basically the equivalent of some guy's homemade movie getting a Hollywood polish and nationwide theatrical release. A passion project whose creator deserved an Oscar just for sheer determination & perseverance. LOL. The story may not be wholly original, as it owes TONS to those old school serial films of the 40's & '50's and the pulp fiction mags of the same time period, but SKY CAPTAIN sure has tons of honest-to-goodness heart. The wild visuals and unique feel make this one a keeper. The film looks even better on this hi-def Blu-ray release. Plenty of bonus content for fans and movie-philes just cinches the deal. 5 STARS

THOUGHTS: A massive love letter to those action-packed 12 & 15 chapter movie serials from the Golden Age of Hollywood, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW is like every 10 year old boy's innermost daydreams come to eye-popping life. It has rockets, rayguns, submarines, airplanes, giant robots, dinosaurs, lost worlds, crazed scientists, androids, macho leading guys & gorgeous gals, and plenty of two-fisted globe-trotting action to keep things from ever getting too boring. Sure this film isn't perfect, but it isn't trying to be. Too many naysayers here are just nitpicking and wrongly judging it against zillion-dollar by-the-numbers Hollywood product, and that honestly isn't fair. This film is basically what amounts to one guy's 6 minute homemade movie turned into a legitimate Hollywood blockbuster. Critiques need to be quantified with that narrow set of parameters firmly in mind.

Director/writer/effects overseer, et.,al Kerry Cochran may never make another movie, but the one he did give us is so much fun, with more than enough heart and an endless sense of wild-eyed adventure, that I will just be forever glad that he was able to get SKY CAPTAIN ever made at all. Frankly, it's nothing short of amazing that this motion picture even exists. When you consider that this movie was also so ground-breakingly experiential in its use of green screen and entire worlds created wholecloth using a computer, its doubly, triply impressive. I get that it could be better, but taking it for exactly what it is, coupled with the amazing story of its unlikely genesis, I am, frankly, in awe every single time I watch it. This is CAPTAIN CELLULOID AND THE FILM PIRATES (look it up) gone one step further, to being embraced by Hollywood and given a real budget, legit actors & top notch F/X techs and a nationwide release. Watch it with the right frame of mind and you'll enjoy the heck out of it. Snarky self-important elitists need not bother.

THE BLU-RAY: The hi-def release of SKY CAPTAIN gives the film its best possible presentation. It simply looks wonderful. There are no video nasties (edge enhancement, artifacting, pixelation, crush, DNR, etc.) to spoil the viewing experience. The picture & sound are clean and crystal clear. There are several in-depth supplements that add to the fun. When you watch the making of segments you can truly begin to appreciate just what an amazing journey Kerry Cochran went on just to see his vision through to the end. Like a kid given access to the world's biggest toybox, he embraced the challenges, many of which he couldn't have ever possibly anticipated, battling a lot of demons to finally complete the film. The story of its creation is pretty amazing. As a life-long film fan, low budget aficionado and all-around champion of the underdog, I might be giving Kerry Cochran too much of a free ride, but it’s just so cool what he achieved. I whole-heartedly recommend SKY CAPTAIN. If you have young kids, be sure to share it with them. Seeing through their eyes, you can begin to truly appreciate the fantastical wide-eyed wonders of Cochran's incredible WORLD OF TOMORROW.
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ArgonellReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Serial, Comic Book, Film Noir Adventure!
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I don't understand the mediocre response to this movie. I fell in love within first few minutes of the movie with just the lighting itself, followed by the voice of Michael Gambon, followed by the beautiful rendering of the P40 Warhawk. What could be better? One of the greatest looking WWII airplanes shooting down apocalyptic robots. A nice love story, friendship, CG that is just stellar, and you have a great film-watching experience. Bring me the popcorn!

Great job, Conran Brothers!

BTW, this movie is now over 14 years old!
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Plenty of special effects but forgot about the story
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Sky Captain is a science fiction film which takes place in a fantasy 1939 New York City which is under attack by giant robots sent by an unknown enemy. The Sky Captain (Jude Law) is the hero pilot who protects the city with the help of his technician Dex (Giovanni Ribisi). There’s also his ex-girlfriend and journalist Polly (Gwyneth Paltrow). The story revolves around New York being attacked and the Sky Captain and crew trying to figure out who is behind it. That takes them on an adventure across the world.

The movie is highly stylized with everything shot with special effects. That’s meant to make it look like an old film from the past.

The problem is that the movie is just not engaging. None of its characters nor action are that interesting. I never felt any of it was compelling. It’s like they went for all the bells and whistles and forgot to write a good story.
13 people found this helpful
Bill WeronkoReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a 1930s comic book view of the future
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Taken as it was meant to be, Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow, is an outstanding movie portrayal of 1930s comic book view of the future. It is not meant as a deep thought woke film but a fun historically significant view of how the creative industry saw the future in the 1930s. The film focuses on primitive mechanics, large airships, and a military cultures. The story center on an evil madman controlling an island of high technology, and the search for that island. Being that I was strongly influenced by films and comic books and pulp paper backs of the 1930s and 1940s I loved Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow greatly.
8 people found this helpful
JoeReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
One star is being generous to this movie
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I admit I only got through 30 minutes. Maybe the movie improves when Angelina shows up but even if it does, why put me through this? Which is why I am writing. Please do not harm your eyes, brain, understanding of the world nor your own self respect by watching any of this. I can be proud of how stubborn I am but could not make myself watch any more. But, if you are a Democrat I recommend this to you. In fact, you should watch it end to end at least three times.
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Ron BlachmanReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm not a big Paltrow fan but in this case...A wonderful evocation of 30's zeitgeist.
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I love this film even more now than the first time I saw it. The 30's and 40's were an era of great excitement and anxiety about the future of Homo-Technicus. Archtechtural "Brutalism" was at it's peak with gigantic structures celebrating themselves as achievements of technological man. There was crazy excitement about what was possible mixed with fear of the same. Still, there was still a sense of mystery about undiscovered lands and people myths of Shangrila. A last moment of innocence, perhaps before Hiroshima. Comic books and B-movies celebrated adventures in which humans were still central, superheroes were not yet superhuman. Buck Rodgers, Terry and the Pirates, Tarzan...what fun! This film captures it like nothing else.

The story is fun, the cast is perfect. Giovanni Ribisi gets a heroic role. Angelina Jolie is great fun as a military commander with sang froide and great toys. Gwyneth Paltrow is perfect with Jude Law. I'm usually not a Paltrow fan but this is my fourth-most favored performance from her and she's terrific. (Oddly, my third most favored Paltrow work was also with Jude Law in "The Talented Mr. Ripley". Just to round things out, my second favorite was in "Se7en" where she finished strong - beheaded in a box. The best however was in Contagion, one barely has to watch her at all before she winds up dying in convulsions and aspirating her own "goop")

Anyway this film is as much fun as it is possible to have watching other people! It is better than any ot the Raiders of... movies.
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M. D. ROY EARLEReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Like watching a video game
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The movie creates an atmospheric world of its own (always try to begin a review with a positive comment). Unfortunately, the plot and the acting are so pathetically juvenile that the beauty of the scenery simply cannot carry the movie.
I have the ability to suspend disbelief, overlook minor plot discrepancies, and enjoy a less than perfect movie. But this one is like watching a video game designed for intellectually challenged six year olds.
It could be argued that the movie intentionally mimics the serials of decades ago. If so, its proof that the serials vanished for good reason. Consider: a WWII vintage airplane that defies physics, makes right angle turns at intersections between skyscrapers while at full speed, dives into the ocean without disintegrating, then takes off vertically into the sky from underwater. Consider: dialogue consisting of nothing but movie cliches. Consider: makeup and hats on females that survive explosions and aerial maneuvers that UFO's wouldn't attempt.
You might argue that I'm missing the point, which is good clean fun. But compare this movie with, for example, an Indiana Jones movie. They're by no means masterpieces, but they're downright realistic compared to "Sky Captain."
As a fitting closing observation, you also get five previews on this disc. No surprise that there isn't a movie among the five of interest, and there's one that's genuinely contemptible.
I really try to find redeemable qualities in bad movies, and write far more two- and three-star reviews than one-star. I also dislike one-star reviews that fail to justify the rating or tell you anything of value about the flick. You know the ones I mean...the entire review consists of one or two words: "utter trash" or simply "lousy." So I've tried to describe the many shortcomings in this review for you.
To accurately rate this entire, previews, extra features...would require Amazon to expand its rating options. This amalgamation of trash rates negative five stars. The disc was introduced to my clay pigeon launcher yesterday. Spring tension set on the highest setting, and I threw this movie far, far away. It displayed one positive attribute: it sailed high and far.
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