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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Adventure . Science Fiction . Thriller . Action . Mystery

When gigantic robots attack New York City, "Sky Captain" uses his private air force to fight them off. His ex-girlfriend, reporter Polly Perkins, has been investigating the recent disappearance of prominent scientists. Suspecting a link between the global robot attacks and missing men, Sky Captain and Polly decide to work together. They fly to the Himalayas in pursuit of the mysterious Dr. Totenkopf, the mastermind behind the robots.

Actors: Khan Bonfils , Peter Law , Laurence Olivier , Omid Djalili , Michael Gambon , Bai Ling , Angelina Jolie , Giovanni Ribisi , Gwyneth Paltrow , Jude Law
Directors: Kerry Conran
Country: USA , UK , ITALY
Release: 2004-09-17
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  • Roger Ebert

    In its heedless energy and joy, it reminded me of how I felt the first time I saw "Raiders of the Lost Ark." It's like a film that escaped from the imagination directly onto the screen, without having to pass through reality along the way.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Sky Captain is a gorgeous, funny, and welcome novelty.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    As an imaginative visual experience, there's nothing like it. Today, at least.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    A triumph not only for its technical mastery but for its good taste.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Everything here from costuming and production design to the note-perfect score from Edward Shearmur works in tandem to create not so much a film as a singular and joyous tribute to a vanished age when wonder only cost a nickel and played three time daily at the Bijou.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Allison Benedikt

    Conran has got himself a looker, with Paltrow in soft focus, the whole world larger than life and a title that, said in the proper low-pitched voice, conveys the tone of the film: exuberant, idiosyncratic and timeless.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The film's save-the-world scenario may be the stuff of crusty cliff-hangers, its imagery may be borrowed, and its jaunty dialogue anything but deep, but there's something exhilarating going on here. It's darn sublime.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Conran's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a pastiche of everything from "King Kong" to "The Wizard of Oz," a movie that escalates to a breathless cliff-hanger every 20 minutes or so and reinvents itself with every reel.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Gloriously retro, unashamedly celebratory of the joy of moviemaking and the love of old-fashioned heroism.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The result owes a little to the 1927 "Metropolis," a little to film noir, a little to early depictions of H.G. Wells' science fiction -- notably the 1936 "Things to Come" -- and a little to lovably far-fetched sci-fi serials.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Other than the actors, their costumes, and a few props, everything in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is digital illusion, and the effects are often exhilarating.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    An extraordinary technical achievement.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A collection of such dazzling digital illusions you can't wait for it to hit DVD so you can freeze individual images.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    No one has really been asking for a fusion of "Independence Day," Fritz Lang's "Metropolis," and an old Buck Rogers serial, but here it is anyway, and the only thing keeping it from greatness is a good story.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    70% style and 30% substance. It has a plot and characters, but those are almost beside the point.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Despite its flaws, Sky Captain indulges that inner kid who always wanted a single movie crammed with robots, airships and dinosaurs, with World's Fair hopefulness and panache.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    It’s an exhilarating experience, and raises the bar for the use of digital technology in film.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Sheila Benson

    For Conran, after they finished shooting pesky actors, the real fun began at the computer screen with his delirious imagination in free-fall.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Park

    Conran takes the ghosts in his machine seriously, and the results appear at once meltingly lovely and intriguingly inhuman.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    The filmmakers' investment in their weird visions is wildly unorthodox, but the payoff is oddly satisfying.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Too fixated on 1939 for its own good. Its passionate immersion in a past that only dimly resonates with younger audiences may be a badge of its integrity, but that immersion trumps its vision of the future and leaves us in a land of nostalgia.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Arresting at first but gradually trails off under the weight of its hyper-derivativeness and anxiety to please.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Missing beneath its fabulous surface, however, is anything like a beating heart.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's a gimmick, it's not a movie.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    For all its Buck Rogers-style derring-do, gorgeous vistas of an Art Deco New York and sepia-toned cinematography, Sky Captain is a static, uninvolving experience.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carla Meyer

    The movie is like one of those newfangled Vegas casinos, where what appears to be open sky is really painted ceiling. What's initially dazzling becomes stifling.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Worse, the story is so thin and clichéd, it seems as if a computer wrote the screenplay and a robot directed it.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    So captivating to look at that you can almost forget there's virtually nothing to it. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    A lovingly rendered visual treat struggles with indifferent direction and torpid plot.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Conran hasn't attached his technical virtuosity to a ripping yarn or infused it with behavioral brio. The first of its kind often doesn't work; Sky Captain may be the Moses that leads other directors to a blue-sky, blue-screen promised land.

    Time Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    This is a sophisticated movie, but one whose sophistication is surprisingly simple-minded.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • William Arnold

    For 12-year-old boys, period.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • William Thomas

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

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Like so many technological marvels, at the human level it's not only merely dead, it's really most sincerely dead.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Crass and soulless.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The best way to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow -- if you see it at all -- is as an interesting experiment that failed.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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