Rocio M. (Rlizz) from HESPERIA, CA Reviewed on 2/18/2009...
(Back of the DVD Case)
A misterious monster is terrorizing the Atlantic Ocean and famous marine biologist Professor Aronnax (Richard Crenna), is summoned to investigate the disturbance. Accompanied by his daughter Sophie, the two trails the monstrous creature. However, they are astounded to discover that the beast is actually a futuristic submarine captained by the eccentric Captain Nemo (Ben Cross).
Our Adventurers board the vessel only to discover an underwater world of revenge and bitterness. Soon they find themselves hostage under the waves and must use all of their cunning and expertise to escape the clutches of their menacing host or risk losing their lives to the ocean.
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Aimee M. (AimeeM) Reviewed on 9/5/2008...
Well, this ISN'T like the Disney version (which is AWESOME, so watch that) But it is ok.
It of course goes WAY off of the book. Adding a convenient pretty daughter in place of the professors' assistant. Of course since she is pretty, Nemo falls in love with her, and shockingly so does Ned Land. After all, she is the only girl on the ship.
So the plot mainly revolves around the little love triangle there, with a not so shocking finish.
I like this, even though it is NOT as good as the Disney version. It is still worth watching.
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Patti S. (Pattakins) from LA VERNE, CA Reviewed on 1/5/2008...
I loved this movie. It is the disney classic about a sea caption and his submarine which gets attacked by a giant sea creature. Great for kids.
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Decent interpretation, great family film, visually superb
Robert Pratte | charleston, il USA | 12/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Any interpretation of Jules Verne's novel will have limitations. Mostly, this is due to the fact that our images of his fantastic technologies are colored by our own experience with what would be his future. Thus, the inside of the Nautilus becomes cheesy (the 1950s Disney version), or too close to reality (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). This film, however, does a good job of tempering Verne's own time with ours. The ships in the film look very period - including the Nautilus.
Moreover, the story line itself, while modified, does a good job of portraying the complexity of Nemo's character, leaving the viewer (like Professor Aronnax) torn between admiration and disdain. Yet, this is a television version - thus we see romance and jealousy introduced into the story. Instead of a faithful servent, the Professor is accompanied by his beautiful daughter (Julie Cox), leading to contention between Nemo and the whaler Ned Land. If you are a purist, the story changes may be aggravating.
Where this film excels is in the visuals. Aside from the previously mentioned ships, the underwater shots are great. My kids really enjoyed the shots of the sea life - cuttlefish, tangs, rays - and were drawn into Nemo's underwater world.
While aspects of the movie were not true to Verne's original tale (and how many are), I found it an entertaining movie. Moreover, my kids really liked the movie, and wanted to read about Captain Nemo after the movie was over. I would recommend this DVD. While my rating is 3 stars, I would give it 3.5 if I could."
Appalling, atrocious, and absolutely horrible
Drury L. Woodson III | California | 09/09/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"In my 40 years, there have been about 3 movies that I walked out of. My wife and the thought of writing this review is the only reason this poor excuse for a movie wasn't the fourth. Other than havine a submarine and a captain named Nemo, this movie had nothing to do with the book. Nemo now appears to be a righteous Middle Eastern terrorist of sorts whose kingdom was robbed from him by the "Armies of the West". He is smitten with the professor's daughter, who of course is in love with the no good harpoonist who I am sure will provide for her needs wonderfully and be very supportive of her future research efforts. Nemo of course keeps the submarine well stocked with makeup, hairdryers, curlers, and dresses, but inexplicably our heroine only manages to find one dress worth wearing for the entire voyage. Incidentally, the crew is all dressed in uniforms constructed from the silk of some exotic shellfish, unfortunately, the producers couldn't be bothered to show the room containing the first operational deep sea weaving loom for making a variety of fine silk fabrics while cruising beneath the waves. Amazingly, Ned the harpoonist is now the only man on the ship with enough testosterone to throw a harpoon into a sea monster. I have a newfound respect for the lifetime of learning it must take to be able to properly through a spear into a large animal at the mind boggling distance of "four harpoon lengths". Also, you'll be intrigued to know that Nemo no longer wrestles with the giant squid, but the new monster du jour is a "proto-leviathan" created to prove the theory of "static evolution". Proto-Leviathans apparently look like a giant manta ray, swim at 5000 fathoms beneath the ocean, and somehow manage to keep their mouth full of air while attempting to swallow their underwater prey.
If you long for bad dialog on the level of "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes", bad science on the level of "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes", and plot holes big enough for a blue whale to swim through, this is the movie for you. Don't hesitate! Click buy it now! I laughed through the entire movie, despite the fact that I don't believe the scriptwriter put a single joke in the movie! "
Entertaining- but Disney needn't worry
Louis D. Armour | Tupelo, MS United States | 01/16/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Hallmark's version of Jules' Verne's , 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is entertaining, but suffers from the producer's need to rewrite the story to entertain the widest possible audience. The character of Conseil was dropped to add a love interest in the form of Arronax's daughter, Sophie. The squid is gone too- replaced by a monsterous, star wars universe, creature known as a "proto-leviatian". Though lavish by tv-movie standards, it's obvious that the budget was tight for such an ambitious project. The characters are adequate, but are too modern in speech and character- Ned Land in particular is just your average jock spouting such lines as, "whatever." Of particular interest is the Nautilus- the production designer did his homework and attempts to put a true Verne version on the screen, complete with retractable steering house and triangular ram. Unfortuately, darn little of this is seen onscreen and it would have been nice to have been given a minor tour- though the budget may have killed this. Inside the sub is too modern-and probably way too large compared to exterior views. The diving shots are nice and try and convey the beauty of the ocean. Anyone familiar with a produce section will recognize some very obvious squash and oranges the divers pluck from the sea floor amid some common variety silk plants! Still, enhanced by a nice music score, it's a nice ride- but if you're only going once- go with the Disney version."
A decent retelling of "20,000 Leagues under the Sea"
T. D. Taylor | Sequim, Washington State, US | 03/16/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ben Cross and Richard Crenna are both fine actors. I am never afraid to check out a movie when either one is involved. Unfortunately, they are not given the proper support from the writer or the director. This movie covers the basics from the book and Crenna and Cross put in fine performances. However, the story is spotty at best and the monsters are borderline ridiculous. Julie Cox (good lord, those eyes!) puts in a decent but largely two-dimensional performance as Aronnox' daughter, an added character that provided romantic tension between Ned Land and Nemo. Not a bad movie, but I'd rather you check out the Michael Caine version produced at around the same time."
Okay, but not as good as the original
magellan | Santa Clara, CA | 05/10/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't think this movie was as bad as most of the negative reviews here. (But then I admit to being easily entertained when it comes to movies:-)). The movie doesn't have the big screen appeal of the original, perhaps, but for a made for TV movie I thought it was okay. The detractors are right about many of the changes from the original--the professor's daughter rather than his servant accompanies him, providing fodder for the love triangle between Nemo, Ned Land, and the daughter, which was all too predictable. The Nautilus itself isn't as striking as the sleek, sinister-looking original with its buzz-saw-like snout, this one looking more like a gigantic, super-size burrito tapered at one end with a prop at the stern. But the interior of the ship is where this version of the Nautilus shines, with nice interior visuals, including striking views of the captain's quarters and library with the many impressive books, and the nice circular viewing windows in each room, a stylish touch, I thought.
Also, it was good to see Richard Crenna is still working. I hadn't seen him in a movie in 20, maybe 30 years. It was good to see him again, and in a decent role. Cross plays a less flamboyant but equally credible Captain Nemo than James Mason, bringing a quiet intensity and thoughfulness to the role. There's the obligatory SCUBA walk on the ocean floor with beautiful cinematography of a tropical reef and fish, and Ned Land falls into a hole and barely makes it back to the ship in time. This didn't happen in the original, either, if I remember right (having read it 40 years ago). But again, it was okay. The actor who plays Captain Farragut, Nemo's nemesis, was also good, but I can't recall his name. He has the sort of "historical" looks that would make him perfect for a Civil War movie, so he fits right in here as the man determined to catch the elusive Nemo. The exciting original scene with the Kraken is replaced by an attack by a huge "proto-leviathan," an enormous, primitive sea creature that the professor has theorized existed but no one had ever seen until now. In the end, Nemo lets the three go and he and his crew and his ship disappear, never to be seen again.
Overall, not a great flick compared to the original, but at only a little over 90 minutes, still decent and something quick that you could knock off in one short sitting. I still enjoyed it despite its not being in the same class as the original flick."