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Plot: Renowned adventurer Allan Quatermain leads a team of extraordinary figures with legendary powers to battle the technological terror of a madman known as "The Fantom." This "League" comprises seafarer/inventor Captain Nemo, vampiress Mina Harker, an invisible man named Rodney Skinner, American secret service agent Tom Sawyer, the ageless and invincible Dorian Gray, and the dangerous split personality of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. Runtime: 110 mins Release Date: 10 Jul 2003
I was very pleased with this movie. There are some who have claimed that those who enjoy this film have a low IQ. I see no reason why a person can't have a high IQ and enjoy an imaginative and fun film. For years I have enjoyed the works of Doyle, Wilde, Stevenson, Stoker, Twain, Haggard, Wells, Poe, and Verne. I went into this film hoping it would do their characters justice. It did. Some prefer the "original" versions of these characters by Alan Moore. I prefer the way they were written by their creators. The characters are closer to their literary selves in the film version <more>
than in the comic book. I was very happy about that. I grew up with these characters and they played a huge part in my childhood fantasy life. Other girls may have pretended to be Wonder Woman, but I was Captain Nemo! I was hoping that LXG captured the imaginative world that flourished in my young mind when I read all those old beloved books. LXG delivered! This is a fun escapist fantasy and all of my favorite literary characters are in great form. I had a truly wonderful time watching LXG. It's a fun adventure that requires that you bring your inner child along for the ride. My inner child loved it. I loved it too!
Good fantasy action entertainment (by jonathan-190)
I have seen this film on DVD twice in the past day and conclude that -the story line historical context lacks credibility eg Captain Nemo's guided missiles ; - the acting is great, Sean Connery in particular; - the fx are superb such as the black and white views of 1899 London; - the fight scenes are well choreographed and exciting; - the sets and costume are excellent. In short, the film is exceptionally well made. So what about my opening comment on story line? Well, a film that includes science fiction/horror literary characters such as Dorian Gray, Jekyll/Hyde, the Invisible Man <more>
etc., is clearly a work of true fantasy. Therefore it, in my opinion, has licence to deviate from true historical context and can be and is "incredible". Well done - a good film to chill in front of and just enjoy but not take too seriously .
Get over it people...this is a fun movie (by sithvol)
Ok, I've read the negative reviews and I must say this....alternate reality....anyone heard of this concept? You do realize these characters never really existed right? This is a fun movie that doesnt have to have every single plot point explained ad nauseam. Bravo to the filmmakers for not spending 3/4 of the film explaining back history on these characters NOTE If you are having trouble with this concept...read a book! This film was ten times the movie that the overhyped Matrix Reloaded and the god awful Hulk was....oh and by the way; Mister Hyde was a much better Hulk than the Hulk <more>
was as well. A very enjoyable movie that I would score 8/10
Okay, this movie's plot is a little silly and it doesn't require much thinking either. However, the action is great and so are the special effects. This movie is what it was ment to be. Pure entertainment. Sean Connery was great. 9/10
Commands a knowledge of the characters (by tennyocelestia)
To fully enjoy this movie, it really takes a previously established knowledge and respect for all the players involved. Having read all of the stories that are pulled together, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. There were two big problems: It went much too fast, even in the beginning, and M was not depicted as being cool, calculating and maniacal enough. So, if you enjoy reading and would like to look at this movie with a better view, read: The Allan Quartermain books, the Sherlock Holmes books, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, A Picture of Dorian Grey, Dracula, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, and The <more>
I found this movie to be entertaining however slightly rushed. I have a feeling that we missed out on a couple of minutes of film due to the PG rating. This movie was one of the better comic book adaptations I've seen this year i.e., Hulk, Daredevil, and X-men . I enjoyed the dialog with the understanding that a movie must develop a character. Hopefully, LXG2 will get right into the plot instead of spending too much time on each person. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the Mr. Hyde character the most.
A film that deserved a better fate (by clydestuff)
Many times film have such bad vibes during production that they are rumored to be a terrible mess before they have a chance to premiere. Some films that suffered this fate during filming were The Godfather and Titanic. Both turned out to be box office bonanzas and the trouble they had making it to the big screen was quickly forgotten. Then there are films like Valley of the Dolls and Myra Breckinridge which were legendary for their on the set squabbles and dissension among cast members. The end product of both of those productions were films that should have won awards for being the ultimate <more>
in cinema stinkers. In 2003, we are given The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which had already become legendary for it's problems between director Stephen Norrington and lead actor Sean Connery. Add to that such disasters as a flood wiping out production in Prague and you have a nation full of critics ready to pounce. And film critics being what they are in not wanting to waste an opportunity, pounce they did making it one of the worst reviewed films in the past year. Add to that the fact that Fox made the mistake of pitting it against Pirates of the Caribbean in it's opening weekend and it you have the makings of a box office disaster. Did League deserve it? No, it's a film that in my opinion is fun, highly watchable, and deserved none of the over the top blasting it took from some critics. Maybe if it had come out after Gigli many would have looked more kindly on it.League has an extraordinary premise for a fantasy/adventure film. The idea of using legendary figures from literary fiction to combat a madman The Fantom who is out to destroy the world is much more original than the sequel based films such as Tomb Raider and Terminator 3 that we were subjected to this summer. League is based on a comic book series that I have not read, nor if I had would not use as a comparison. Our team of intrepid super heroes consists of Alan Quartermain Sean Connery , Captain Nemo Naseeruddin Shah , a now vampiress Mina Harker Peta Wilson , The Invisible Man Tony Curran , Dorian Gray Stuart Townsend , Tom Sawyer Shane West and Dr Jekyll/Mr. Hyde Jason Flyming . The cast does an excellent job of bringing each character to life. Connery has been highly criticized for his portrayal of Quartermain, but for those who cannot appreciate his presence I suggest you try watching Richard Chamberlain in the same role in his two films. That'll teach you. Peta Wilson gives Mina Harker a strong seductive personality that reeks of sexual tension. Stuart Townsend manages to make Dorian Gray the most watchable of the characters by surrounding the character in an aura filled with flair and Mystery. Jason Flyming brings a new characterization of a tormented Dr. Jekyll, who as Mr. Hyde is transformed into a creature Bruce Banner would be proud of. Shane West exudes a boyish charm as Tom Sawyer befitting his character. Though seldom seen except in covering makeup, Tony Curran manages to give the Invisible Man an unmistakable personality. If there was a flaw in the casting I would have to say it was Shah as Captain Nemo. His characterization is for the most part one note and empty, devoid of personality.The story moves along at a nice even pace. It quickly introduces the characters so that we are able to get to know their personalities, then moves ahead with the action. Writer James Robinson and director Norrington make equal use of each of the characters abilities so that none of their talents are wasted. The production design, set decoration and art direction are all top notch, giving us a dark and brooding turn of the century look we haven't seen before. There are the usual minor plot holes and flaws one could find if they took the time to study this film, but films like this weren't made for film class. For that you watch Citizen Kane. Films like League are made for an audience to have a good time while loading up on the popcorn and soda and nothing more. And I did have a good time. After the critical blasting League took in the press I steered clear of it for quite a while. Fortunately, several months later, I gave it a chance and am certainly glad I did. I suggest you do the same.My Grade B
Superhero movie for the literary lovers . . . (by Rcs51998)
OK, first of all, to defend the movie against the first comment, Dorian and Mina had met before their first scene together; they had a past relationship . . . obviously . . . scoff .I loved this movie. Sure the CGI's were obvious and the fight scenes may have been over-the-top, but come on! It is a movie full of these wonderful protagonists that all have defining qualities that add something special and intriguing to the group.Stuart Townsend, um could he have been anymore Lestat? Funny seeing his character act that way and play opposite a vampire.Connery was his usual brilliant self. <more>
The Tragic Hero.Shane West was great. Could have lived without his character, but West perfected it.Captain Nemo and Hyde/Jekyl were brilliant! Without their brains the whole group would have been in serious trouble. Hyde would be the Reluctant Hero here.And Mr. Invisible man himself was freaky enough for the freaky lot of them. I loved his character. He had you guessing from the beginning. Where is he? Who is he? Anyway, I know this movie received bad ratings, but I totally fell in love with it and its characters. I know there is room for a sequel, but don't think there will be one . . . sigh . . . but alas, I will always have this one.Makes me want to go read all the books involved in this brilliant compilation of great classics.
I thought this film was very good, I don't see why everyone doesn't like it?! The film is based upon the hit book, and that is a brilliant book-a bit dated, but readable. Sean Connery played Allen Quatermain very well, and stuck to the book very closely, so I could picture him doing the things, while I read it. I love how all the characters derive from best-seller books around the Victorian period - that's why the film is set in that era!All of the characters and the special effects were very well done, in so doing: a great film to watch every so often. I loved how they did Dr. <more>
Jeckle turning into Mr. Hyde, it's truly fascinating; and Dorian Grey's picture, fabulous!If you liked the film, you must read the book, or the other way round. In the book there are a number of other events that took place that didn't appear in the film, trust me, it's a good read.My favourite character must be Skinner-the invisable man. Tony Curran does him so well, and the the special effects on him, make him seem almost real. A fabulous story, brilliant characters, a wonderful watch!