The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Starring: Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta
Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Written by: Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill
Length: 110 minutes
Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence, language,
Shane West and Sean Connery
In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary
fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.
I am a big Connery fan, it is the only excuse I have for going to
see this movie. I knew it was going to be bad, I didn’t even
have to see the poor reviews it had already gotten, yet I went anyway.
And it certainly lived down to my expectations. It was big and flashy
and full of explosions and special effects and smart-ass quips thrown
in after the good guys have beaten the bad guys. It was made up of
everything a big-budget action movie should be, but that isn’t
saying a whole lot, is it? This movie was a good premise, but it was
doomed from the start. Rumors of on set tension between Connery and
director Stephen Norrington, and delays getting the movie out the
door were all bad omens from this film.
It was full of the typical action/adventure movie key plot points,
so 15 minutes into the movie I already knew most of what was going
to happen thanks to a few not so subtle hints and my extensive experience
with this type of film. None of the performances were really worth
watching, the special effects were remarkably unrealistic, and the
script was full of cliché plot points and stale one-liners.
In the future I hope Connery will stick to decent films or just
avoid making them altogether.