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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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10.06.2004 By: Indiana Sev
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen order
Director:
Stephen Norrington

Actors:
Sean Connery
Shane West
Stuart Townsend

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Itís 1899, the planet is on the brink of its first world war and even scarier...every which way you look there are bad CGI effects. Eek! Adventurer Allan Quatermain (Connery) and a bunch of ďextraordinaryĒ literary badassí (Tom Sawyer, Dorian Gray, The Invisible Man, Mina Harker, Dr.Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Captain Nemo) team up to fight a boring villain named M.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This isnít so much a good movie as it is a horrible one. I suppose that it was only a matter of time before somebody took the use of CGI and abused it, not only to the point of it making a film look ridiculously silly, but also in making a mockery of the entire process altogether. You can thank director Stephen Norrington for that crime. Itís a shame too because the idea of bringing together a group of legendary literary characters to form a league of heroes was a refreshingly original idea for an action/adventure movie. It's too bad we spend about 70% of the time looking at computer effects (bad ones at that), which I personally find excruciatingly lazy and dull in any movie that isnít made by Pixar studios and/or featuring songs by Randy Newman. Itís bad enough that there's an overdose of these rotten visual effects in the film, but the writing is also about as clever as any one of Conneryís latest movies (just pick any one).

On the bright side, one of the few actual sets they used, the interior of Nemoís ship, The Nautilus, was well constructed and I enjoyed the levity which 'The Invisible Man' brought to a few scenes. Other than that, and the original story idea, there weren't many other positive notices that I could scrape out of this flop. There were no funny moments either, unless you count seeing really, really phony looking buildings collapse -- ďfunnyĒ. Iím sorry, I seem to be harping on this bad CGI thing, but I seriously hope the film's director releases a formal apology for his obvious lousy judgment call and horrible decision-making on LXG. Heís made a huge error and he should be held accountable! Bah, Iím done talking about this despicable excuse for entertainment. Oh and by the by...Nemoís beard looked like shit too!
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary by Producers/Actors: Producers Don Murphy and Trevor Albert join actors Shane West, Jason Flemyng and Tony Curran on the first commentary track. Where the fuck is Norrington? You can run, but you canít hide chief! Four minutes in and the producers are already jabbering about CGI Ė big surprise. Anyway, these guys arenít the most entertaining gents around and by the time the actors came around, the producers had already lulled me into a sweet slumber. Ugh, fasten your seat belts for some lousy Connery impressions too.

Audio Commentary by Costume/Makeup/Visual Effects Team: These are unbelievably boring and uninteresting people talking here. Iím not kidding. This has nothing to do with my disdain for this disaster of a film either. These people are just good ol' fashioned "dull".

Assembling The League

Origins: Cast & crew blab about how LXG came together. Connery admits that he turned down THE MATRIX and THE LORD OF THE RINGS because he didnít understand them and there are a bunch of pop-up video style headers with fun facts on screen.

Attire: The costume designer discusses the leagueís clothing attire.

Nemomobile: Yes, there is an actual feature based solely on that horrible looking car from the film.

Making Mr. Hyde: Fifteen minutes+ of ďhow we made HydeĒ footage. Meh.

Resurrecting Venice: Turning Prague into Venice. This is good fodder for you behind-the-scene addicts, but the rest of you should skip it. Jeez they sure put a lot of time, money and effort into this movie. It sucks for them that audiences all around our planet didnít give a ratís ass.

Sinking Venice: See miniature Venice sets collapsing. Hmm, I guess they didnít use as much CGI in that scene as I thought they did. That still doesnít change the fact that it didnít look real.

12 Deleted/Extended Scenes: I didnít appreciate any of these extra sequences, but then again, I didn't like the movie either. For those of you who got a kick out of itÖenjoy?

A Special Message: What the fuck??? There is an anti-drug commercial included in my extras! Listen, Iím all for the war against drugs and all that jazz, but keep that shit off of my DVD extras dudes!!! Out of line! They lose points for this oneÖ
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Hmm, how shall I put this? Donít buy or rent this movie Ė ever! Connery and Norrington should be ashamed of themselves and so should I for having wasted the last three hours watching/reviewing this bad movie. The DVD Clinic recommends you go rent X2 instead.
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