Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
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A female scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of an elite team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms.
Groundbreaking 3D production at the time, 10 years ago now, still looks amazing with the world that is created stunning in conception.
The story might be a little out there, and it might not make that much sense. You might sit with a whole bunch of unanswered questions, and you might think that the jokes were based on a cheesylines.com Google search. These are the observations I made, yet I cannot dislike the film. It's pretty, it's interesting, and it's brave.
You know what should be super tense and horrifying? A MONSTER SWARM THAT TRAVELS THROUGH WALLS AND STEALS YOUR LIFE WITH ONE TOUCH.
Alas, they make it pretty boring here. But the ideas are strong and to it's credit there are some legitimately good moments, almost all of them involving Steve Buscemi. It's merely kinda boring with moments of promise.
Lo que pasa cuando una demo técnica se te va de las manos.
I'm a HUGE fan of the Final Fantasy games. When I first saw this in theaters, I remember being disappointed because it was nothing like the games, apart from a few silly lines (the games are notorious for their cheesy lines). But, I was also only 14 when I first watched it.
Years later, with accrued life experience, I decided to revisit this one. I knew that if I wanted to enjoy it, I would have to sit through it drawing no comparisons between it and the game: as a stand-alone film. I'm glad I did, because I love it. It has such a great story, not completely unlike some of the very things our earth is facing today. A timeless tale. A glimpse into our own future if we don't realize the errs of our ways. It truly does draw from the spirits within.
Thought it was going to be about the game. It wasn't.
Még mai szemmel is nagyon látványos animáció, nagyon jó mondanivaló, de a történet lehetett volna jobban kidolgozott.
On almost all accounts, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within remains to be a groundbreaking technical marvel. Despite its meandering plot line, the rest of the film manages to deliver an incredibly atmospheric experience, almost unparalleled for computer-animated feature films, for its time. And therein lies the true problem. One can't help but wonder if The Spirits Within would have been more successful if it was released ten years later. It's well and truly before its time, especially considering what the market looked like in 2001 and how the Final Fantasy franchise hadn't branched beyond the roots of its traditions yet.
I was a teenager when this came out back in 2001 and was a total fanboy for it, probably because of my love of all things Final Fantasy at the time. Now I live in a world where Squaresoft has long-since become SquareEnix because of this movie’s poor performance and my opinions on this have aged about as much as the graphics have.
The film’s effects were mind-blowing for the time, and (to be completely honest) aren’t completely dated. The stylized cities still look pretty neat and the character designs are solid, but the film dips into The Uncanny Valley quite often, especially with the lead character. The amount of detail on display is great, though a lot of the…
Intriguing plot, interesting world, but it just falls short of being good.
Visuals are right in the uncanny valley, and the story is a little too generic for my tastes.
Chris and I originally saw this in the theaters, but watched it again as part of the GREAT MOVIE QUEST™
Very good. And the graphics are phenomenal.
Top quality animation results in a deep and emotional film, but very empty and somewhat disappointing. Didn't do justice to any of the videogames, which are technological and deeply moving, thought-provoking masterpieces.
Schöne Computergrafik, flache Story. Schaue den Film trotzdem alle Jahre wieder gerne.
Not as ground breaking as it once was (Still a landmark in CGI animation) as it doesn't look as amazing as it once did. That being said its still a visual treat of a film, with some great original visuals.
The concept of the films story however is a rather interesting an thought provoking one, an that helps it to be more than just a benchmark for animation standards.
"Aki: All life is born of Gaia and each life has a spirit. Each new spirit is housed in a physical body. Doctor?
Doctor Sid: Go on.
Aki: Through their experiences on Earth, each spirit matures and grows. When the physical body dies, the mature spirit, enriched by its life on Earth, returns to Gaia, bringing with it the experiences, enabling Gaia to live and grow."