Tintin (voice of Jamie Bell) a young journalist, and his dog Snowy are browsing in an outdoor market in a European town when he stumbled upon a model of a three-masted sailing ship, the Unicorn. He bought it on the cheap, but was then immediately accosted by the mysterious figure of Barnaby (voice of Joe Starr) and then by the sinister Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (voice of Daniel Craig), who both try to buy the model from Tintin, without success.
Tintin takes the ship home, but it is broken during a fight between Snowy and a neighbour's cat. As it breaks, a parchment scroll slips out of the ship's mast. Snowy spots it but is unable to alert Tintin. Meanwhile, incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson (voices of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) are on the trail of a pickpocket, Aristides Silk. Tintin visits Marlinspike Hall, the origin of the ship model. There he meets Sakharine and learns that there are at least two model ships. Tintin puts the scroll in his wallet, only to have the wallet stolen by Aristides Silk, the notorious pickpocket.
Later, Barnaby tried to warn Tintin of the secret behind the Unicorns but before he could say anything substantial, Barnaby was shot to death. Tintin then is abducted by accomplices of Sakharine, and imprisoned on the SS Karaboudjan.
On board, Tintin escapes and meets the ship's nominal captain, Haddock (voice of Andy Serkis). Haddock has been supplied with whisky by first mate Allan, who is working for Sakharine, and the captain is permanently drunk, and doesn't know what's happening on board his ship. Tintin and Haddock (and Snowy) eventually escape from the Karaboudjan in a lifeboat. Sakharine sends a seaplane to find them, but Tintin is able to capture the plane, and fly towards the (fictitious) Moroccan port of Bagghar, but they crash in the desert.
Dehydrated in the heat, and suffering from a sudden lack of alcohol, Haddock hallucinates, and starts to remember stories about his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock, who was captain of the Unicorn during the 17th century. Sir Francis' treasure-laden ship was attacked by a pirate ship, led by the masked Red Rackham, and, after a fierce battle and eventual surrender, Sir Francis chose to sink the Unicorn, and most of the treasure, rather than allow it to fall into Rackham's hands. It transpires that there were three models of the Unicorn, each containing a scroll. Together, the scrolls will reveal the location of the sunken Unicorn, and its treasure.
In Bagghar, Tintin and the Captain find out that the third model ship is in the possession of the wealthy Omar Ben Salaad, but it is encased in a bullet-proof glass display case. Sakharine's plan is to stage a concert involving famous diva Bianca Castafiore, the "Milanese nightingale", whose penetrating singing voice will be able to shatter the glass case, allowing Sakharine's trained hawk to fly down and steal the third scroll. After a chase down to the harbour, pursued by Tintin and Haddock, Sakharine finally escapes with all three scrolls. Tintin chases him back to Europe and arranges a police reception for him on the dockside. Haddock and Sakharine, who is revealed to be the descendant of Red Rackham, replay their ancestors' swashbuckling sword fight, using dockside cranes, swords, and even bottles of whiskey. Haddock is eventually victorious and Sakharine is promptly arrested by Thomson and Thompson.
With the three scrolls in their possession, Tintin and Haddock find that the indicated location is Marlinspike Hall, and that the hall had been built originally by Sir Francis Haddock. There, in the cellar, they find some of the treasure, and a clue to the location of the sunken Unicorn. Both men agree to continue the adventure.
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this movie offera a tantalising 3D animation feature of the famous Tintin and his pursuit of the story behind the Unicorn. as i'm no fan of Tintin, i just went along with ride. and found it tolerable.
there are a lot of bigwigs involved. as for the voices, the actors involved are notable but unable to lend some notion of warmth to the movie. what i'm trying to say is that, should they decided to use any suitable Tom, Dick and Harry, it would have generated the same output. the exhilarating live motion effect however is the bane of the movie, you can't help but being included in the journey.
i have taken a liking to Snowy and Tintin. Capt. Haddock on the other hand, is guilty of being a drunk sod who often caused troubles to Tintin. Mr Sackharine as the villain was truly evil and believable.
coming from someone that is not a follower of Herge's cartoon, i watch it disinterestedly (thus the rating of 2.5 star). Watch it only and only if you're a fan. then you'll get your money's worth.