A hunter, a scientist, a vampire, an invisible man, an immortal, a spy, a beast?when a masked madman known as "The Fantom" threatens to launch global Armageddon, legendary adventurer Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery) command... more »s a legion of superheroes, the likes of which mankind has never seen. Now, despite fighting their own personal demons - and each other - they mush join forces to save the world. Sean Connery leads a stellar cast in this breathtaking, "thrill-a-minute" (Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV) extravaganza loaded with "eye-popping effects and amazing action!" (Bill Bregoli, Westwood One)« less
"LXG is a far-out cheesy marvel of a movie that I enjoyed every second of. The film features various fictional characters brought together as a sort of original x-men team of the past. Once united they battle the evil masked Fantom and his army who want to plunge the planet into a world war. The movie's larger than life elements make it an easy target to pick on, but I won't. I just can't pick on something that made me smile so much. This is wonderful stuff to enjoy with lots of popcorn and a favorite beverage."
Interesting Though Uneven
Lonnie E. Holder | Columbus, Indiana, United States | 12/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Once again we have the temptation to compare the book to the movie, which I will succumb to just a little. Books and movies are different media, and each brings its own strengths to art. Such is the case here. The book was full and lengthy, and while it brought the same breadth of characters, it was able to provide a broader background for each of the characters. There were some spots where I thought the book was just a bit fuzzy on the plot, but I loved the style.The movie provides more visuals, but with a two-hour length it had to cut back on the length of background for the characters. The movie glossed over some of the darker aspects of the characters, particular Alan Quatermain, but enhanced others, particular the background of Mina Harker. The other strange addition was that of the character of Dorian Gray. I also objected to the change in the invisible man character from the book to the movie. I much preferred the book's Hawley Griffin as the invisible man versus Rodney Skinner, who supposedly stole the formula. Griffin was a much stronger, more tormented character, though his characterization would require more film time to establish and would likely have weakened the roles of the primary actors.In terms of characterization, Sean Connery clearly shined as Quatermain, as he always seems to do in every role. Peta Wilson is excellent as the sultry, dangerous Mina Harker. Naseeruddin Shah as Captain Nemo returns Nemo to his original characterization by Verne as a Sikh. Shah's Nemo was a welcome variation to previous Nemos, providing a sense of command, control and honor in comparison to those others who sometimes seemed simpering and typically talked far too much for Verne's Nemo. The other actors have insufficient screen time to fully flesh out their roles, partially because of the large number of lead characters.The plot itself is a bit of a muddle. It's difficult to follow the progression and contrivances that lead from point-to-point. Often the logic is non-existent, and the viewer is left to wonder how they knew they were headed the right direction other than a trite explanation by one of the lead characters. Had the movie been extended by another 15 or 20 minutes many of the incongruities could have been reduced and the story flow could have been smoothed. To try to minimize the various confusions: Essentially the story is about a group of sort of good guys out to stop a definite bad guy from conquering the world, except the bad guy has been cleverly manipulating the sort of good guys all along and has a nefarious reason (of course) for doing so.The special effects end up providing much of the focus of the movie in lieu of a more coherent plot. Some of the special effects are very good, such as the bizarre image of the Nautilus sailing the canals of Venice. The destruction of Venice by underwater bombs is standard fare by today's standards. The other special effects vary in their quality and effect on the viewer, but are generally good. As noted before, the special effects often substitute for plot.Though some of my criticisms are not encouraging, I actually liked the movie. As a B movie it is okay. Clearly not in the league of movies such as The Lord of the Rings, it is nonetheless a rousing adventure. In general the movie rates 3 stars, but I'm giving it 4 stars because of the three actors that really made this movie for me: Connery, Wilson and Shah."
Film of Exceptional Concepts
Pied Piper | Cullowhee, N.C. United States | 03/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is witty, action packed and smart. The film is, of course based on the comic book literary characters, and not so much on their traditional literary roles. One of the most interesting things done in this film dealt with Professor Moriarty. At the beginning he is portrayed as a middle aged gentleman, and at the end he is shown in younger form. Of course this is reminiscent of the idea that there were actually 3 Moriarty brothers - the elder being a professor, and the youngest being a criminal mastermind. The younger, according to his creator, Jules Verne, kills the elder and disguises himself as the professor. The only thing that would have been even wittier in this film would have been if they had managed to get Richard Roxburgh to play three roles instead of two, also posing as Captain Nemo. There is a strong belief among Jules Verne scholars that Captain Nemo was infact Professor James Moriarty!!! This film is an excellent action piece, whose only short coming would be the CGI effects (and no, Mr. Hyde is not CGI!!). There are a few characters that were CGI rendered which were obviously fake. Other than that the film is Extraordinary, but it must be taken for what it is - a film adaptation of a comic book."
Are you a serious fan of Stevenson, Verne, Wells or Wilde?
Jeanne Tassotto | Trapped in the Midwest | 05/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You'll probably be appalled. If your last contact with these authors was as assigned reading in a Lit class watch this to see what made these authors famous. Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Capt. Nemo, The Invisible Man and Dorian Grey along with Alan Quatermaine (King Solomon's Mines), Mina (Dracula), and Tom Sawyer have assembled to combat a an evil mastermind set on worldwide domination.
This movie is more Saturday afternoon B movie serial than Lit class. The special effects keep coming in wave after wave. The plot is a bit weak and some character details are a bit hazy (vampires out in daylight?, just who is the bad guy(s) anyway?) and it's not quite clear why Tom Sawyer got tossed in the mix but the overall effect is one of fun.
This is in the guilty pleasure category of movie so just settle back with the junk food of your choice and waste a couple of hours with this. If anybody asks what you were doing just mumble something about Twain, Verne, Wilde....."
Not that bad
Pied Piper | 11/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I went into the theater expecting a horrible movie thanks to friends and theatrical reviews. Maybe because of that, I was able to enjoy it. I agree that some parts could probably have been done better, but I feel that way about almost every movie that's come out recently. While this isn't going to have an underground cult following, there's no reason to avoid it. People who waste their time talking about how badly it was done need to calm down. It's just a movie, don't take it so seriously!"