'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