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Running Time:
1 hour, 46 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for sequences of stylized sci-fi violence and brief mild language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A visually stunning comic book/film with some amazing special effects. It attempts to capture the sci-fi wonder of those 1930s serials that influenced George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and at times, it succeeds; other times, it just looks tacky.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary by producer Jon Avnet ; Commentary by writer and director Kerry Conran and the VFX crew - production designer Kevin Conran, animation director/digital effects supervisor Steve Yamamoto, and visual-effects supervisor Darin Hollings; Brave New World - Chapter 1; Brave New World - Chapter 2; The Art of World of Tomorrow; The original six-minute short; Deleted scenes; Gag reel.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Gwyneth Paltrow plays Polly Perkins, a resourceful reporter for the New York Chronicle. She is a perfectly coiffed, dark-lipped beauty whose recklessness worries her editor (Michael Gambon). When an army of evil gigantic robots appear in New York City, Polly follows, camera in hand. To save the world - and, in Polly's case, to get the story, Polly joins Sky Captain Joe Sullivan (Jude Law), a boyishly handsome and fearless aviator in pursuit of the metallic monsters. Sky Captain flies his airship complete with a shark's toothy grin through the city's canyons, all the while sparring with Polly. It seems they parted badly in Nanjing three years ago, but their mutual attraction, played with nice restraint, is still obvious. The robots are somehow connected to the disappearance of the world's top scientists, a story Polly has been covering. Physicist Jennings (Trevor Baxter), the surviving member of a secret group assembled in pre-World War I Berlin, contacts Polly to tell her what he knows. Their meeting takes place at Radio City Music Hall, where "The Wizard of Oz," is playing. There's more than a touch of "Oz" in Polly and Joe's journey to Nepal in search of Dr. Totenkopf (a digitized Laurence Olivier), the villain of the piece. Along the way there are close encounters with giant mechanical birds, tentacle-limbed robots and a Totenkopf colleague known as the Mysterious Woman (Bai Ling). Also in the cast are Angelina Jolie, in flight suit, eye patch and English accent, as Franky, a pilot whose bravery rivals Sky Captain's, and Giovanni Ribisi as Dex, Sky Captain's amiable sidekick. Director/screenwriter: Kerry Conran's story eventually gives way to stylistic overkill and loses some steam as it jumps from one movie allusion to the next, but the film is both loving homage to early 20th-century pop culture and a state-of-the-art CGI milestone. Other than the actors, their costumes, and a few props, everything in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" is all digital illusion, but the effects are often eye-popping.

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