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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
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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.
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 didn't do that well when it was released, although that was partly because of how much it cost to make. The effects were, at the time, way ahead of anything else that had been released.
Sure, the plot is ludicrous and the dialogue is preachy, but that's all par for the course with anime. In fact, the dialogue is a great deal better than in a lot of anime movies.
There are some moderate issues with pacing, but overall "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" is an absolutely fantastic movie.
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I have no problem with this film not connecting to the video games whose name it shares; the fact that something with "Final" in its title has that many sequels puts in outside serious consideration anyway. Looking at it as a film unto itself, I can see why someone would ponder why not just go live-action, and I think I can offer a small, unsatisfactory answer: because this way the people are no more convincing than the effects.
But in all seriousness, this was less an exercise in film-making than one in stretching the state of a particular art. That there's a passable, sorta-anime film comes out of it is a bonus. I found it somewhat of a slap in the face of the creative people behind "Final Fantasy" that it was nominated for the Oscar for Animated Feature but was runner-up to "Jimmy Neutron", notable for its failure to break any ground at all.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While the once cutting edge CGI has aged a bit in the last fifteen or so years, there are still some moments and shots in here that look absolutely stunning. This is a film that I remember much more for moments (the search through the bodies of a long forgotten desert war; the relationship scene in the safe, private cocoon-like environment whilst scanning the city; the many, many lovingly detailed exploding ships and nihilistic chaos; the abstract dreams of the death of a distant planet; the ever expanding tendrils at the climax) than the story which is a bit too earnestly ecological and pseudo-mystical for my taste. It is all about collecting seven spiritual energies dotted randomly about the place…
Ving Rhames and Alec Baldwin spend three minutes of the film shooting at a giant ghost spider. It has no effect.
This pseudoscience fiction epic is a frustrating experience. Lots to admire, but many missteps.
Problems: first, this has nothing to do with Final Fantasy. Giving it that title both created false expectations that this has something to do with the video games, and also very likely served to keep away audiences who weren't gamers. Probably would have been a more savvy PR move to reference "from the creators of Final Fantasy" in one prong of the marketing campaign. Second, it's not cool to spend a hundred million dollars on your visuals yet pretend you don't have the spare change to polish your script until it shines. The plot is ridiculous enough (unless you enjoy imagining world spirits and hypothesizing about…
Ahead of its time both in animation style and storytelling.
I very underrated movie. Not many watched it because gamers shunned it, critics savaged it, and mainstream moviegoers didn't watch. I picked up a copy for like a $1 or something and it turned out to be surprisingly good. You don't have to be a Final Fantasy or Video game fan to enjoy it. The story is very solid and emotionally driven. The tech aspects is very well done. Good choice if you like space fantasies.
Gorgeous. Kinda incoherent. A perfect translation of the Final Fantasy brand!
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within proves something that should be accepted as fact by now; technical innovation, now matter how ingenious, requires a story worth telling.
Based on the video game series, The Spirits Within centres on determined scientist Dr. Aki Ross as she seeks to uncover the nature of the mysterious aliens that have destroyed Earth before humanity unleashes a final strike upon them.
The first photorealistic animated feature, The Spirits Within does earn some praise for its ambition. The visuals are very impressive, in that I did believe that the human characters on screen were human. However that doesn't mean I thought the animation was perfect.
These characters just weren't very complex on a visual level, with their…
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