Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Critic Consensus: The movie raises the bar for computer animated movies, but the story is dull and emotionally removed.
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The first feature-length motion picture to use computer-generated imagery to create not only effects, props, and environments but also the human cast members themselves, this lavish science-fiction adventure follows closely on the heels of another video game-based film, Tomb Raider (2001). Ming-Na provides the voice of Dr. Aki Ross, a female scientist in the year 2065, a time when Earth has been overrun by extraterrestrial phantoms borne of a crashed meteor. Humans have been pushed back to cities protected by barriers that keep the marauding space monsters away, but time is running out. Fatally infected by one of the ghostly beasts, Ross seeks information about their purpose and physiology, assisted by her mentor Dr. Sid (voice of Donald Sutherland) and the Deep Eyes military squad of courageous Captain Gray Edwards (voice of Alec Baldwin). Tension develops between Aki's quest to stop the alien onslaught through study and the more extreme solution favored by the vengeful, saber-rattling General Hein (voice of James Woods), who would destroy both the aliens and the Earth itself. Aki ultimately comes to realize that the key to unlocking the mystery of the invaders lies within her own dreams. … More
|Rating:||PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence)|
|Genre:||Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation|
|Directed By:||Moto Sakakibara, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara, Jack Fletcher|
|Written By:||Hironobu Sakaguchi, Al Reinert, Jeff Vintar|
|In Theaters:||Jul 11, 2001 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 23, 2001|
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as Aki Ross
as Capt. Gray Edwards
as Ryan Whittaker
as Dr. Sid
as Gen. Hein
as Council Member No. 1
as Council Member No. 2
as Maj. Elliot
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Critic Reviews for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
I never stopped marveling at the thousands of individually delineated pores and hair strands of the heroine, but the thin story covering her acquisition of one wave after another while narrowly escaping death time and again is strictly for player one.
This bigscreen adaptation of the long-popular interactive computer game is visually impressive if not dramatically cool, and is marked by "acting" that is no worse than that found in the majority of sci-fi films.
The human figure, however, remains a challenge to current CGI technology, since the detailing of hair and freckles, for instance, proves rather more credible than the marionette-like impression created by cold eyes and oddly unconvincing body movements.
In all its beautiful spectacle and skin-crawling ugliness, it is very much something that should be at least sampled, just for a taste of it.
Audience Reviews for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Holy uncanny valley Batman!
The first final fantasy film ever made and it seems as though they brought the videogame, which I am not a fan of, to life. The live action movie is much more enjoyable and fun to watch, however they need to make more, really describing the outline of final fantasy, because it just places you in the middle of a random story out of the videogame!
This sci-fi adventure, based on a popular computer game, was highly touted as the first film completely computer-generated in a photo-realistic style, and much of the animation is truly stunning. However, the story is incoherent, betraying its video-game roots, and the characters are boring; the stunning animation doesn't extend to facial expressions or lip movements.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Quotes
|Gray Edwards:||[the group in a holding cell] Come on, Neil! Think! You're our guy. Get us out of here!|
|Neil Fleming:||Captain, the walls are TITANIUM ALLOY and the bars are PULSONIC LASERS! It's not like I can wave a magic wand and-- [the lazers phase out by themselves]|
|Gray Edwards:||Neil, I'm impressed.|
|Neil Fleming:||That makes two of us!|
|Gray Edwards:||You've been trying to tell me that death isn't the end. Don't back out on me now that I believe.|
|Dr. Sid:||Remember what happened to Galileo? They threw him in jail because he said the earth was not the center of the universe. That could happen to us.|
|Aki Ross:||This mission was well worth the lives of you and your men.|
|Ryan Whittaker:||She thinks you're a man.|
|Jane Proudfoot:||I think she's an idiot.|
|Neil Fleming:||I know you're not a man.|
|Jane Proudfoot:||I think YOU'RE an idiot too.|
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