The goal of the invasion is to unearth large generators, excavate entire steel mills and rob communities of their energy and oil reserves the world over. With military forces stretched thin across the globe, national leaders must once again call on the elite mercenary forces of Sky Captain and his army for hire to uncover the meaning of these troubling events. Joe A.K.A. Sky Captain (Jude Law) must team up with his ex-flame Polly to stop the evil plans of the nefarious Dr. Totenkopf (Sir Laurence Olivier in archive footage). The odd couple track a radio signal to Nepal in the hopes of finding Totenkopf, aided by Franky (Angelina Jolie) a commander of the floating British Royal Navy. The mobile Navy is stationed on a giant floating aircraft carrier hovering the skies at 30,000 feet. The race is on to defeat the mad scientist plans for a Utopian society, rescue Joe’s buddy Dex (Giovanni Ribisi) from his clutches and get Polly’s story in on by deadline.
Sky Captain is all surface and style with very little substance. Sure, there is plenty to marvel at, but even the most amazing sights become muted when the story has no emotional connection, the actors have zero chemistry and the script lacks narrative drive. At heart this is an unabashedly retro piece of work, reveling in the clichés and conventions of cliffhanger-adventure serials that originated in the 1940s.
Director: Kerry Conran
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie