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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen VHS
A hunter, a scientist, a vampire, an invisible man, an immortal, a spy, a beast?when a masked madman known as "The Fantom" threatens to launch global Armageddon, legendary adventurer Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery) commands a legion of superheroes, the likes of which mankind has never seen.
Now, despite fighting their own personal demons - and each other - they mush join forces to save the world. Sean Connery leads a stellar cast in this breathtaking, "thrill-a-minute" (Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV) extravaganza loaded with "eye-popping effects and amazing action!" (Bill Bregoli, Westwood One)
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An interesting premise posing as a futuristic period piece. I bought it because it features the indomitable Sean Connery. Otherwise, it’s just a lot of rushing around, a great deal of novelty, and very little substance. None of the actors are given much to do. Most of them didn’t appear to be enjoying themselves, regardless.
I like it for all its numerous flaws and foibles. It’s crap. But it’s fancy crap.
I've seen it 3 times, lol :) It ok IMHO not spectacular, it should have been more of a 4 dudes and a chic team up with 007 when he comes out of retirement. He more of a coach as he kicks very little @ss and doesn't shoot but a few bad guys and that is just in his first scene. The rest of his performance is telling others what to do.
All the stars do an excellent job but, to be totally honest, the special effects (a combination of blue screen, miniatures, some of the largest sets ever built, and in-camera mixing) often steal the show in a wonderful, breathtaking way.
This is a must-see movie, and that's coming from a guy who has not been overly impressed by most of the "super hero" films of recent years. The makeup is also incredible, particularly for the dual Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde character. Nina Harker, the subdued and proper 19th century lady, transforms spectacularly into a vicious vampire leading a hoard of vampire bats. Connery, as Allen Quartermain of "King Solomon's Mines," is cool and great without the need for transformation. Dorian Gray, played by an actor who looks a bit like Johnny Depp, displays some impressive changes as well. Tom Sawyer seems an odd choice for a film that includes Capt. Nemo, the Invisible Man and the other fictional hero/anti-heroes mentioned above, but he fits in well as the chosen successor to the elderly Quartermain.
Nemo's gigantic submarine, his elegant super car, the destruction of Venice and other eye-popping visuals aren't easily forgotten.
This is one of my favorite films!
I love Connery and REALLY wanted to love this film. I can say I sort of liked it...but that is the strongest emotion evoked by the film, outside of confusion. This movie had SO much going for it. A super premise and the promise of a thinking-man's fantasy-adventure flick. I mean I shall watch Connery in anything; he has a handsome and capable cast backing him, some great special effects...but someone needed to give them a road map!!
It was written sharply, with good dialogue sprinkled here and there, and nice touches like the "You may call me Ishmael" the chauffeur. Filmed with rich detail (a little darkly - sometimes you really had a hard time seeing what is happening!). Movie opens in 1899 where London Peelers are being chased by a Tank. Suddenly, the Bank of England is looted. The Brits blame the Germans in "pre war mentality". But we know there is a criminal mastermind with futuristic toys and he is not playing fair. Cut to a man calling himself M (double joke here!) recruiting Allan Quartermaine to head the League. On the team is Mina Harker, the Invisible Man, Dorian Grey, Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego, Captain Nemo and Tom Sawyer. Supposedly, some voodoo witchdoctor cursed Connery, and Africa will never let him die so, he, too share special powers.
While the idea of superheroes from Literature coming together to battle the Phantom (whose real identity is elementary!)is engaging, there is no real set up for it happening - just IS. Maybe they expect you to know from the comics? Well, excuse me, there is a vast audience out there that does not!! From that point on there is not pace, it is pedal to the metal now stop action. The action is filmed great - even the car chase through Venice?? Highways? I presume there was explanation for this that ended up on the cutting room floor.
In the end, you are left going is that all there is? Back to my original point, the seed is much like Young Sherlock Holmes, but there fantasy/fiction merger came to life with such brilliance. Then ending of LEG leaves room for a sequel, sigh, if they do, I hope they rent Young Sherlock Holmes and pinpoint how it is done RIGHT.
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