Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Kerry Conran (2004)

PG Certificate


Our Score
You have to admire not just the vision, but also the perversity of writer/director Kerry Conran's use of the latest digital technology to create a hymn to Buck Rogers and all those other rugged-individualist heroes of comic books and cliffhanger serials. In some curiously imprecise era, people work in skyscrapers, ride in airships, and only one man can save the world when leading scientists start disappearing and cities are attacked by enormous robots - Joe Sullivan (Jude Law), aka Sky Captain, accompanied by erstwhile girlfriend and ace reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow). What is most impressive is the way in which Conran has created the future as it was perceived back in the 1930s. However, despite being breathtakingly clever - the cast acted against a "blue-screen" and all the backgrounds were added digitally - this lacks the warmth and charm of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which attempted a similar exercise in nostalgia without the exclusive use of technology to achieve it.


Giant flying robots attack New York, but heroic aviator Sky Captain is on hand to save the day. Investigating the origin of the machines with the aid of a plucky reporter, he discovers an evil genius is behind the disappearance of several scientists. Sci-fi adventure, combining computer-generated sets with real actors, starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, and featuring a digitally re-created Laurence Olivier.

Cast & Crew

Sky Captain Jude Law
Polly Perkins Gwyneth Paltrow
Franky Angelina Jolie
Mysterious woman Bai Ling
Dex Giovanni Ribisi
Editor Paley Michael Gambon
Kaji Omid Djalili
Dr Jennings Trevor Baxter
Director Kerry Conran
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Some violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray