In a visually stunning sci-fi adventure, heroic pilot Jude Law teams up with Gwyneth Paltrow's plucky reporter to save the world from marauding giant robots. It's the first time a film was made entirely in front of a blue screen (everything but the actors, their costumes and props are digitally created) and gives debut director Kerry Conran the chance to create sumptuously retro world of airships, inter-galactic fighters and flying robots all with a sepia sheen.
Relentlessly mad scientist Dr. Totenkopf (a cameo by Laurence Olivier via manipulation of archive footage) plans to create a "World of Tomorrow" and destroy the one of today.
Only Joe 'Sky Captain' Sullivan (Law), hindered by pesky but pretty reporter Polly Perkins (Paltrow) stands between him and (new) world domination.
Harking back to the Saturday matinees of old, this also references the likes of Indiana Jones and Star Wars.
There's an enjoyable turnsfrom Giovanni Ribisi (Saving Private Ryan) who plays Dex - Sky Captain's head of research and development - and a leather-clad Angelina Jolie who saves Joe's bacon and reveals Polly's jealous side ("She's some kind of woman!").