Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fantasy's a Little Too Outlandish

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fantasy's a Little Too Outlandish

Article excerpt

Steven Norrington's fantasy adventure foolishly tries to conceal a ramshackle screenplay behind a blitzkrieg of special effects and action set-pieces.

The budget reportedly ballooned to almost $80m, yet the finished picture looks cheap and workmanlike and a number of the special effects are embarrassingly clumsy, especially when projected onto such a large canvas.

When villains break into the Bank of England circa 1900 with a bulletproof tank, undercover operative M (Richard Roxburgh) brings together a team of talented individuals - known as the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen - to save the world from disaster.

He recruits Alan Quartermain (Sean Connery), adventurer Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), vampire bride Mina Harker (Peta Wilson), invisible man Rodney Skinner (Tony Curran), ever youthful Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend), Dr Jekyll (Jason Flemyng) and gung-ho cowboy Tom Sawyer (Shane West).

The team is sent to Venice where the villains, under the command of the mysterious Phantom, apparently intend to blow up the city and initiate World War III. …

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