For the first 20 minutes or so Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is sensationally entertaining and visually dazzling. Then the plot kicks into gear and all we are left with is the visual dazzle and that is not enough to support a feature-length film. What starts out as exceptional becomes tiresome awfully quick. Director Kerry Conran employs the same green-screen effect that Robert Rodriguez and Zack Synder would go on to use (much more proficiently) in Sin City and 300, respectively. The story begins in New York during the 1940’s, Dr. Walter Jennings is the last surviving member of seven scientists, once chosen to serve at a secret facility stationed outside Berlin at the onset of the first world war. In a frantic state Jennings contacts Metro News reporter Polly Perkins and explains that a secret sect is following him and plans to murder him for his knowledge of an impending global attack. Before long giant robotic machines (that resemble the animated Iron Giant) are raining down mayhem and destruction on NYC.