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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'm a huge fan of the Final Fantasy game series. It's one of the best out there. Did I have high expectations for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within? Not really. My two favorite things in the world (video games and movies) never tend to go well together. But I at least expected it to live up to it's title of Final Fantasy. It doesn't do this at all.
The animation is gorgeous, and for it being made in 2001, very impressive. That's basically the only positive thing I have to say. It's BORING. The only thing connecting this to the games is the title, and having someone named Sid as a character. It takes place on post-apocalyptic Earth!? I mean, C'MON! This was directed by the series creator, he could have done SOOOOOOOOOOO much better than this!
theres a special spot in hell for my film teacher, who decided this was a better video game film than lara croft
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.
Simplemente no estábais preparados para la nueva realidad, es apoteósica.
El hecho de que sea la película de animación por ordenador más apabullante visualmente que se ha hecho jamás aún hoy en día es lo de menos, realmente lo que destaca es un argumento de lo más original que mezcla magistralmente la ciencia ficción más dura con lo sobrenatural y lo filosófico sin que haya realmente un villano pero si una clara amenaza.
Y por cierto, si no véis ahí las ideas que pretende transmitir la saga de videojuegos es porque creéis que Final Fantasy solo es tipos con espadas más grandes que ellos o gente combatiendo con magia o directamente porque estáis ciegos. La trama y el concepto de La Fuerza Interior tiene más de Final Fantasy que algunos de los juegos.
I haven't watched that much anime/animated yet but of what I have seen, I liked this the least. I remember it being widely acclaimed and applauded at the time for its special effects, but it seem B-movie at best. It also bears little semblance to the series it is based on.
Then again, maybe its dangerous to expect too much in terms of story for something that is based on a JRPG... <low blow> I was however expecting something a bit more 'epic' than this.
To get into it i think you had to be Y2K, and impressed with the whole 3D movie concept. These days, we watch Blizzard cutscenes that cost more than this probably and get our fix…
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'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…
All Japanese films I've seen.