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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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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…
"I don't care what anybody says, this is one of the best sci-fi films ever made."
Based on the Final Fantasy series of games created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, Spirits Within was the first entirely computer generated film that aimed to create photo-realistic characters. And at a cost of $137 million, it is still to this day, the most expensive video game inspired movie ever made.
As a technical exercise then, Spirits Within is actually quite impressive. The locations, vehicles and alien designs are nicely rendered, and everything looks solid and realistic enough within the context of this science fiction narrative. As for the human characters, well lets just say the technology available in 2001 wasn’t quite up to the task. Small details like the eyes, hair and skin seemed realistic enough, even in close up, but…
He aquí un concepto fallido.
Pensemos que esta película fue realizada en el año 2001, basada en una saga de videojuegos que alcanzaba su cenit de fama y esplendor. Pues es de rigor explotarla al máximo, hoy día, pero en su momento fue casi un acto pionero. Desde luego el desempeño tecnológico es sublime, y nadie puede achacarle ABSOLUTAMENTE NADA; el problema se presenta en el argumento en sí.
Al poco de comenzar ya nos sitúan en la tierra, y aunque sea el futuro, ya nos sacan de contexto. Jamás la saga de videojuegos había tenido nada que ver con lo terrenal, y ahora nos presentan esto. A partir de ahí la esperanza se basa en que todo evolucione bien,…
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