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Summary:
Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery) stars as the world’s greatest adventurer, who assembles a legion of superheroes the likes of which the world has never seen. Quatermain’s extraordinary League is comprised of Captain Nemo, Dracula vampiress Mina Harker, an invisible man Rodney Skinner, American secret service agent Sawyer, Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. Outcasts in fact, with mysterious pasts and gifts which have been both blessing and curse. In order to overcome a worldly tyrant, they must learn to trust each other and work as a team for the very hope of civilization. With little preparation and no time to lose, they will be transported via Captain Nemo’s extraordinary submarine, the Nautilus, to the frontline of defense: Venice, Italy. There, a masked madman known as the Fantom plans to sabotage a conference of world leaders by setting off a domino chain of explosions, sinking the entire city. The threat is catastrophic, the risks are staggering. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has 96 hours to save the world.

Review:
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen brings a movie packed with big budget computer-graphics (CG), nostalgic characters from literary pasts, and an Indiana Jones-like hero. Unfortunately the movie is over-done and ruins a remarkable performance by the 73-year old Sean Connery. Although the movie has a great premise, is entertaining, and flows well on the screen, there seem to be some discernable flaws almost from the very beginning. For one, most movies have fight scenes which play to the characters weaknesses rather than there strengths (Superman and Kyptonite, Green Lantern and Yellow, Daredevil and Blindness/too much noise), but this comic-book based movie leads towards fight scenes catering to the heroes strengths. In short the characters all practically invincible when they work together, but the only challenge is getting to the scene of the crime or catching up with the criminal mastermind.

Secondly, the characters don't face any villains with comparable talents. It becomes rather evident early on that the characters abilities are over the top and too much for this movie. Allan Quatermain, from H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines, Captain Nemo's from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Tom Sawyer is a Mark Twain character grown up to be a Secret Service agent, Mina Harker is the brainchild Bram Stroker, and Dorian Gray is an Oscar Wilde creation. Any one of these characters would have been enough to create a compelling story.

No doubt this movie was inspired by the X-men craze of combining many different superhero's into one film. But in X-men there are comparable enemies (Sabretooth, Magneto, Toad, etc). But, for what it's worth it wasn't a terrible film and entertaining to a certain point. Sean Connery gives an inspired performance and fans of his characters from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and James Bond will enjoy this film.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Sean Connery (Actor, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, James Bond)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne novel)

Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain novel)

King Solomon's Mines (H. Rider Haggard novel)


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Box Office Info:

Cast:
Sean Connery (as Allan Quatermain)
Naseeruddin Shah (as Captain Nemo)
Peta Wilson (as Mina Harker)
Tony Curran (as Rodney Skinner - The Invisible Man)
Stuart Townsend (as Dorian Gray)
Shane West (as Tom Sawyer)
Jason Flemyng (as Dr. Henry Jekyll aka Mr. Edward Hyde )
Richard Roxburgh (as M)

Directed By: Stephen Norrington
Written By: James Robinson
Produced By: 20th Century Fox

Release Date (US): July 11, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 50min

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence, language and innuendo.

Filming Location: Czech Republic, Austria, Malta, Canada, Iceland, Morocco, and Santa Clarita, CA.

Budget: $78,000,000

Opening Weekend: $23,075,892

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Soundtrack

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Soundtrack
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1. Dawn of a New Century
2. Kenya - Wait for Me
3. Task Requires Heroes
4. Promenade by the Sea
5. Nautilus - Sword of the Ocean
6. The Game is On
7. Old Tiger
8. Capturing Mr. Hyde
9. Mina Harker's Secret
10. Phantom's Lair
11. Portrait of Dorian Gray
12. Treachery
13. Storming the Fortress
14. May This New Century Be Yours
15. Son of Africa

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