Stephen Norrington directs Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah and Peta Wilson in the comic book adaptation where a group of Victorian literary figures team-up to defeat a great evil.
Library card steampunk, flat unmemorable spectacle. Norrington and Connery clashed on set, neither took on any further major movie projects. Were Big Tam’s since revealed health issues to blame? Was this one last begrudging shift to collect a retirement paycheck so he never had to turn up on a sound stage again? Whatever his motivations (and he’s easily the only reason to watch this), he gobbled up a lot of the budget, meaning the support cast are drowsily played by unknowns and also rans when this really needs additional star power to match the lead. Not the only reason this is such a dud but certainly the problem that should have been easily identified before it went to camera. The Invisible Man “FX” are laughable.
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