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'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'
(Sean Connery, Jason Flemyng / NR / 116 mins / Fox)

Overview: Based on the graphic comic book miniseries, the story is set in England during Victorian times. The League is a group of superhero-like characters including Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery), Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (Jason Flemyng), and Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah) culled from famous works of literature, who join forces to thwart an evildoer's plan for igniting wars between nations and achieving world domination.

Verdict: 'LXG' is a visually gorgeous, narratively feeble exercise in which cardboard characters are moved around between orgasmic explosions and weightless carnage! Extraordinary-looking but heartless, in a summer of big-budget sequels, prequels, remakes and homages, no film is more ambitiously derivative or dramatically unsatisfying! What should have been a breathtaking series of cliffhangers is transformed into a morass of bubbling incoherence, and many viewers may be discouraged at the empty stunts and effects - accompanied by a noisy, full-bore score, while good actors get lost in the chaos! 'LXG' is yet another ill-considered, explosions-driven summer movie that fails to deliver. What a mess!
Reviewed by Michael Kuhn





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