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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,…
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
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.
Unfortunately it has nothing to do with the games. They created an original and confusing script, but the animation is so perfect that the characters seem real.
10 for the production and 0 for the story. You'll have a better time playing the games, which are also very well done and with better stories.
This is one of those films that I desperately wanted (and deep down inside still want) to be good. Remember how mind-blowingly amazing the pre-rendered cutscenes were in all those early Playstation games? The truest definition of eye candy. I used to imagine how awesome it would be to watch a whole movie that looked as good as some of those sequences. Unfortunately, it turned out that like most things in life the things that I think I want usually turn out to be disappointing in some way and the Final Fantasy movie is no exception. I'll say that the animation has held up pretty well; the visual problems it has are down to materials and lighting which looked great…
Mamma mia com'è invecchiato male Final Fantasy! La storia è fiacca e visivamente sembra di assistere alla lunghissima intro di un videogame.
While it has aged slightly- mostly notably in the movements of its human characters- this Final Fantasy in name only movie is still a damn great ride. The visuals are breathtaking, even 15 years later; the alien landscapes are wondrous and odd and well, actually alien looking. The "spirits" themselves all vary greatly in size and shape, lending to highly creative designs that are pleasing.
The plot is a bit formulaic, but a twist with the lead character, Aki, adds a nice new layer. The voice acting is superb, even if it is odd hearing Alec Baldwin's voice come out of a CGI'd Ben Affleck.
For sci-fi lovers and anime fans, this movie still works, thrills, and awes.
The only movie Square Pictures produced is a fascinating experiment with a franchise that changes dramatically from game to game, so why not experiment with something different for a Final Fantasy movie? What we get is a very delicate tale of mankind's urge to attack anything it regards alien instead of attempting to understand it. This is a far cry from the giant swords and comical monsters of the games but it's a bold and interesting sci-fi that's almost great but is unfortunately let down with wooden performances and stiff facial animations. The performances become a bit of a barrier that mean you never fully engage with it, but what's on offer is certainly worth a watch if you're intrigued by a sci-fi that has something to say that isn't just massive space battles.
the pacing of the first 45 minutes is almost too good, it makes the movie seem like it's coming up to the conclusion (or at least the final act). it's not, and at that point there's still an hour more to go. this also ends on a somewhat incomplete note, but it's really not that bad. coolest thing i ever saw in a movie theatre when i was 8. the sci-fi is passable, and this fits right in with the Y2K era of "ugly" early CG animation attempting photorealism (mostly coming out of japan, think PS1/Dreamcast 3D graphics, kazuya sasahara's artwork, and this) that i was so into when i was a kid. still am, tbh.
A baffling movie, to say the least. It's boring, not good at creating emotion or drama or action, the themes are dragged down by weak writing, the acting varies from bored to Steve Buscemi being pretty good. and the photorealistic look they're going for is spotty at best. There area a handful of shots that do look really good, and there are some that would look bad for a PS2 cutscene. A very clear case of uncanny valley all the way thru. Ultimately comes across as a bunch of scenes of people talking and occasionally getting their souls ripped out in the most anticlimactic way possible.
2001 me would have been like "CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS IS ALL MADE WITH COMPUTERS?!?!" and 2016 me is all "What was the plot of this movie exactly and why is it Final Fantasy?"
You know, it's not great. But it's not the crime against humanity people like to portray it as.
Excluding films based on anime TV series, due to how common they are.