Believe it or not, this was the first movie I purchased (well, got for free) on my tablet back in November. I’ve never really been in the mood to watch it until the other day, I had to actually squeeze in a movie since its been slightly slow on the movie reviews area and my brain was tired from writing reviews..haha! Here it is…lets see how a movie lead by Sean Connery is. Don’t hate me..I haven’t seen a lot of movies with Sean Connery so its a pretty new experience!
Director: Stephen Norrington
Cast: Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, Richard Roxburgh, Max Ryan
The British empire (I think) is in peril because of the haunting of the Phantom who is using his army of bad guys with heavy armory to rob and terrorize the streets. It is then the empire employs many heroes with special talents to join together. Representing the empire is M (Richard Roxburgh), he brings Allan Quartermain (Sean Connery) back from Africa, Captain Nemo to sail the ship to get them from different locations, Skinner (Tony Curran) for his invisibility, Mina Harker (Peta Wilson) for her vampirism skills (if you call it that), Dorion Gray (Stuart Townsend) for his indestructibility, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde ( for his strength with the special agent Tom Sawyer as the extra addition. Together they need to find the Phantom and stop him before he reaches the council`s secret location.
Its the first time I am writing a review so many days after seeing it and I think it really shows that this movie doesn`t have too many things worth remembering. However, I think most of the problem is in the plot. Still, I can`t seem to pinpoint why I’m not a huge fan.
The actors do a rather decent job and I really enjoyed the side story between Allan Quartermain and Tom Sawyer, like teaching a younger version of him something useful and all. I do enjoy Shane West on screen even if he isn’t on a lot and the other time I’ve seen him was in A Walk to Remember. However, he is a pretty good actor. I particularly liked the general voiceover of Skinner since he wasn’t completely visible most of the time.
What really worked for me in this action fantasy flick was how they rounded up all these known fictional characters and put them all together to form this extraordinary league to fight The Phantom. That was a great move. Maybe for me it was better because I have so many unknown characters in here because I don’t know classic stories very much and didn’t know the background story so whenever something happened, I was extremely excited to see what would happen. Even if at no point in time did I find any of them in any grave danger or that the Phantom was much of a threat…
One thing that really does look weird was the CGI. However I think its because its already 10 years old that its just back then that was how it was. I’d have to check up what else was released in 2003 to have a comparison but its okay. CGI usually doesn’t bother me too much but it was obvious that it was quite fake. This comes down to whether you can accept and buy whats going on afterwards, right? It had a lot of action and explosions to compensate for everything and it gave some suspense (even if I found it slightly predictable).
Overall, this was an action movie with an okay plot and decent cast. I enjoyed it because it was a new concept to me just the way I’d enjoy Van Hellsing. Its a personal preference in my mind. I wasn’t looking for a masterpiece to begin with so I think that part really helped. I’m staying neutral with this one. It was fun and entertaining to watch for me.
What do you think? Did you see this flick? Is there some other Sean Connery movies you’d suggest?