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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

Cast: Ming-Na Wen, Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, more...
Director: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara, Hironobu Sakaguchi, more...
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Science Fiction , Animation, CGI
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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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. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

Please note that this disc contains the movie. If you'd like to see the bonus disc, please rent Final Fantasy: Bonus Disc.

GreenCine Member Ratings

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
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5.81 (174 votes)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within: Bonus Disc (2001)
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All Style, No Substance by EPetersen April 22, 2003 - 12:47 PM PDT
6 out of 9 members found this review helpful
In adapting the story behind the popular Final Fantasy video game to the screen, director Monotori had a revolutionary concept in mind - the first computer-generated feature film. Too bad he didn't spend more time writing a coherent script.

To be fair, some of the backgrounds are stunning and the characters look incredibly lifelike, but they move with the herky-jerky steps of marionettes. The artists took great care in creating the characters' faces - freckles, blemishes, and all - but the facial expressions are as cold and mechanical as the computers that generated them.

The movie's fatal flaw lies in its storytelling, or lack thereof. The rambling, incoherent storyline and listless dialogue lost my interest after the first 10 minutes. I actually fell asleep while watching this movie - at 4 in the afternoon.

All in all, Final Fantasy is a spectacular failure: a great-looking, lethally boring misfire that should have never been made.

I'll stick with anime.

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