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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.
all the men died which was cool
Impressive. Boring. Impressively boring. Here we enter the Uncanny Valley, begin to be scared...but we shall not know pure terror until Robert Zemeckis leads us by the hand into the darkest depths.
A link to a review of mine available here - 1000animelist.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/20-final-fantasy-spirits-within-2001.html
The story in Final Fantasy is as much of a problem as the animation. Things happen just because, there’s no background, the whole talk about spirits and ghosts makes little to no sense and the climax is especially nonsensical. This is infuriating, and at some points it feels like a sequel without the first movie.
The characters are lousy too, with no personality. There’s Doctor Shampoo Commercial Hair, the heroine, who of course has an unresolved romance with Captain Hunk, whose team is made of Big Black Dude, Masculine Woman and Annoying Comic Relief. There’s also an older scientist, who talks nonsense with the heroine, and a villain. The latter has a generic evil demeanor that isn’t subtle enough, and…
At the time the CGI was cool, even if the people were really creepy.
Take the name Final Fantasy and add a bit of Gostbusters, Avatar and the Host. The result will be this movie.
Pretty blasé sci-fi that's interesting as a technical artifact and does have a petite charm. Steve Buscemi delivers an impressively Buscemian performance. Our boy James Woods is a GREAT obvious villain.
If only the characters and writing were as lifelike as the animation.
...which is not to suggest that the animation is particularly lifelike.
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