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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Stephen Norrington (2003)

105min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Blade director Stephen Norrington tackles another comic-book adaptation with this ambitious take on Alan Moore's Victorian superhero fantasy. Unfolding like an X-Men in period costume, it springs from a fabulous concept, in which fictional adventurer Allan Quatermain (a charismatic Sean Connery) is teamed up with fellow 19th-century literary icons to save the world from megalomaniac madman, the Fantom. With Tom Sawyer, Captain Nemo, the vampiric Mina Harker and both Jekyll and Hyde among the League, there's no shortage of colour, and it's enjoyable watching them make use of their well-known character traits in action-based scenarios. Although the special effects can be extremely ropey at times, the fast pace, quick-witted dialogue and overall spectacle help compensate for such shortcomings. Ultimately, the tale is overblown nonsense, with scant regard for realism, yet it has a likeable air of insouciance and derring-do. The film may not be extraordinary, but viewed as sheer escapism, it's really rather fun.

Summary

Fearless hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a host of other characters from Victorian literature - including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Tom Sawyer and Dr Jekyll - to put a stop to the nefarious Fantom's evil plot to bring about a world war. Fantasy adventure, based on Alan Moore's comic-book series, starring Sean Connery, Shane West, Stuart Townsend, Richard Roxburgh, Peta Wilson and Tony Curran.

Cast & Crew

Allan Quatermain Sean Connery
Agent Tom Sawyer Shane West
Dorian Gray Stuart Townsend
Mina Harker Peta Wilson
Dr Henry Jekyll / Mr Edward Hyde Jason Flemyng
Captain Nemo Naseeruddin Shah
Rodney Skinner, the invisible man Tony Curran
M Richard Roxburgh
Dante Max Ryan
Nigel David Hemmings
Ishmael Terry O'Neill
Director Stephen Norrington
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Edited for violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 17 Oct 2003

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