The Rocketeer first appeared in a comic book in 1981, but he exists in the 1930s.
Rocketeer Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) and tinkering scientist. Peevy (Alan Arkin) discover the rocket pack which enables whoever straps it on to fly. They are soon pursued by spies and villains, including Hollywood matinee idol Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton) and a group of Nazis who will stop at nothing to take control of the device and use it in their quest to rule the world. Jenny Blake, (Jennifer Connelly) becomes involved through her relationship with actor Sinclair and her boyfriend who has become "The Rocketeer."
The film, though crafted beautifully, has a slow start but when it gets going it moves and flows with the imagination of a 30s cliffhanger and the technical excellence of the 90s. It accelerates from the night club scene which is filled with extravagant decor and great Cole Porter music to the climax on a German dirigible.
Alan Arkin is perfect as the scientist and Jennifer Connelly graces the screen with her beauty and warm presence; she is by far the most stunning actress on the screen today. Timothy Dalton, the present James Bond, is very convincing as an English actor who is tied to Nazi Germany,
Throughout the film I found myself back at the Saturday afternoon matinee watching serials and adventures for kids. Bring your kids for a fun adventure from the past with all the special effects of today and a crafty script from a day when imagination, not realism ruled the movies.