Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|20000 Leagues Under the Sea |
with Movie Cash
Actors: Michael Caine, Patrick Dempsey, Mia Sara, Bryan Brown, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Director: Rod Hardy
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
The year is 1886 and New England's fishing harbor is the scene for a "creature of unknown origin" destroying all ships at sea. It is the job of a curious marine expert, Professor Pierre Aronnax (Patrick Dempsey from the hi... more »
With Respect for the Jules Verne Classic Novel
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 05/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Few knew when Jules Verne was writing his futuristic novels in the 19th century that such entertaining page-turners would foretell so much reality. In this 1997 adaptation of Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' the screenwriter (Brian Nelson) and director Rod Hardy have elected to pay homage to the scientific aspects of the thriller rather than make the story into a cartoon. And though it is a long song (3 hours), it plays well and introduces some fine special effects and philosophical statements about environmental issues, slavery, feminism, familial relationships, and commitment to dreams. Not bad for a Sci-Fi novel!
The cast is solid: Patrick Dempsey makes a wholesome, handsome Pierre Arronax, Bryan Brown as the driven sailor Ned Land, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is excellent as Cabe Attucks (nice to see this fine actor in a role far different than the one he played on the TV series 'Oz'), John Bach is the arrogant father Thierry Arronax, and Mia Sara serves up the beefed up role of Mara nicely. But the submarine mysterious ship Nautilus surfaces or sinks at the hands of Captain Nemo and while Michael Caine isn't the embodiment of evil we so often see, he finds the soul of the driven scientist whose goal is to protect the 'surface' he has forsaken to scuttle the seas in search of ways to stop future earthquakes topside.
Originally made as a mini-series for television in 1997, the movie for sails along, holding our attention and fascination for the full three hours, not only because we care about the characters, but also because we are treated to some spectacular underwater sequences and a Nautilus that is as elegant a vessel as Verne described. And yes, Captain Nemo still plays the pipe organ as part of the musical score. The script gets a bit on the corny side, especially in the areas of father son relationships, and the unnecessary spin on romances that seem to be de rigueur in keeping an audiences attention. But in the end this is an entertaining interpretation of the Jules Verne classic that still stimulates our thinking and challenges our concepts of environmental concerns. Grady Harp, May 06"
Finally on DVD!!! Do not compare to the original and give i
S. Hager | Grand Rapids, OH USA | 04/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This mini series may not be as popular as " The Odyssey" or " Merlin". In fact, many people may not recall it because it recieved a poor rating. But this version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is the first mini series I can remember sitting all the way through and enjoying it. I think part of the reason it was rated so poorly is because it was compared to the Kirk Douglas film of the same name. I am one of those people who are strongly against comparing so called "remakes". Pretend you have never seen the original and just enjoy the movie for what it is. Michael Caine (Batman Begins), Patrick Dempsey (Scream 3), and Mia Sara (Legend) are 3 good reasons to at the very least give this mini series a shot. I am not saying that everyone will like this movie, but how will you know if you don't try it out? It may be a future addition to your DVD collection."
Micheal Caine is Captain Nemo
J.R. | Mesa, Arizona | 05/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't just a movie; it's a ride on the Nautilus. There is no comparison between this version and the Disney one; they are two completely different entities. This version is much more intelligent and mature. The characters are treated with respect and portrayed believably by an incredible cast. Everything on the ship and in the underwater scenes are pure eye-candy."
A Wandering Film
Andrew Raker | PA | 09/28/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been adapted many times for television. Some of these film interpretations have been wonderful, and others are plain trash.
Regarding THIS version (with Michael Caine, Patrick Dempsey, and Mia Sara), the greatest positive I was able to find is that the film does have some action packed moments and makes the veiwer feel sorry for Captain Nemo (and sympathize with his cause).
However, the name of the film, a captain called Nemo, a ship-sinking submarine, a professor called Arronax, a harponer named Ned Land, and a lot of angry sentiment about the world above the ocean are basically the only things the novel and this film have in common.
In short, if you want a more accurate telling of the novel, purchase the classic Disney version (starring Kirk Douglas & James Mason). However, if you do not mind being surprise with a different rising action and climax, than this 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea could be just the adaptation for you."