I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Unleash a new reality
Led by a strange dream, scientist Aki Ross struggles to collect the eight spirits in the hope of creating a force powerful enough to protect the planet. With the aid of the Deep Eyes Squadron and her mentor, Dr. Sid, Aki must save the Earth from its darkest hate and unleash the spirits within.
All the way through Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, despite being impressed by the revolutionary photo-realistic animation on show, my prevailing thought was simply... why aren't they just making this film with *real* people? Maybe that's missing the point of Hironobu Sakaguchi's endeavour in bringing his legendary & critically acclaimed futurepunk fantasy series of video games to the big screen, but on the other hand it employs major Hollywood actors to play these computer generated parts, and indeed the story is about as generic blockbuster as it's possible to get. Very little about The Spirits Within couldn't have been achieved with real actors on real sets in actual environments, rendering the whole point of this a little... well, moot. Ultimately though,…
This was a difficult film to evaulate. On one hand, it's a technical marvel, with rich sound and visual design throughout. It didnt hurt that one of its two directors created the Final Fantasy video game series (FFVI is my favorite of the games, btw). Immaculate special effects and motion-capture animation are worth the the price of admission alone. The camerawork is decent, too and that means plenty of detail for us to see. I can see how it influenced a number of American films such as 2009's Jim Cameron spectacle Avatar. This film started the motion-capture craze. On the downside, it's got dry acting from its cast (especially from Ming-Na and Alec Baldwin), a fairly basic screenplay that hss…
Visually stunning and a fun plot, but is very much hampered by the fact that every voice actor is a bit too recognizable and are forced to spout a shitload of cliched mimbo jumbo dialogue.
theres a special spot in hell for my film teacher, who decided this was a better video game film than lara croft
I love this picture, at the time of release it represented the 'State of the Art' in computer animation and it still holds a high ground to this very day. Anime producers aren't known for their insightful scripts but because it's glorious to watch you forgive them. Listen carefully for the all star voices.
I know this movie probably gets shit on a lot. And a lot by the hardcore final fantasy fans. But this film in revolutionary with it's CGI. This is the first movie to have near real characters with CGI and thats amazing. At the time it took them 7 years to make this. Now it probably takes considerably less than that. The story is good. The voice acting is great. Some big names are in this. And of course the look of it is beautiful.
This early attempt at creating believable 3D-rendered human characters in a feature film was a real ground-breaker. We've come a long way in the past 15 years and the improvements in motion capture, skin texture, clothing and hair are evident, but Final Fantasy is still fairly impressive from a technical standpoint. Which is why I decided to watch it again after all these years.
But it's unfortunate that the story isn't up to the overall look of the film, or its cast of talented voice actors. Between the muddled, new-agey plot and too much needless exposition the film just sinks like a rock between action scenes. Even the casual dialog is banal and predictable. There's really not much here, unless you're a fan of CGI history or just like the general atmosphere of the film.
Hadn't watched this since 2001 in the theatre. It's better than I remember. The animation has aged surprisingly well.
I think this is the second time I've watched it since it first came out 14-years ago, and now I know why, it's boring! The CGI by today's standards is still pretty good, but the story kills me after about the first 30-minutes. It's slow, repetitive and full of "space marine" sci-fi cliches that it just becomes dull and I struggle to get to the end.
Based on the billion selling computer game series. Starts rather well but declines a bit into esoteric fluffness ...
But yeah, technically this was astonishing in 2001.
Con un presupuesto de 137 millones de dólares, no veo nada que no se hubiera podido hacer en una película no animada.
Aún así, las CGI son impresionantes para ser de 2001 y la historia, aunque predecible, es entretenida.
Hubiera evitado la estética tan americana de personajes y entorno (oh, New York, ¡qué exótico!).
Amazing animation that holds up
Just seeing this now for the first time. Really enjoyed it!
The CGI is obviously a bit dated but still damn impressive for 2001, and I found the story and themes to be pretty deep...as all good sci-fi should be.
Will have to watch Advent Children next (or soon).
Speaking entirely as a non-fan of Final Fantasy, this was a decent little sci-fi flick with great animation that still looks pretty good. But there's little in the way of memorable sequences and characters and it's very exposition-heavy. Watchable of course, but not recommended.
For reference I decided to make a list of all the Japanese films I've seen. Order is from newest to…
All Japanese films I've seen.