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The OSSA discovers a spacecraft thought to be at least 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. Immediately following the discovery, they decide to send a team down to the depths of the ocean to study the space craft.They are the best of best, smart and logical, and the perfect choice to learn more about the spacecraft.
I'd watch Sphere again, but if I did, I'd probably stop it three quarters the way in and fill the rest in for myself. The ending wrecks this film. Up to that point it's a brilliant, clever popcorn flick, with a heck of a lot of mystery and atmosphere. The cast is really bloody brilliant, and it's wonderfully engrossing.
But goddammit, the test audiences didn't like the original ending so they had to reshoot, and I assume, rewrite it, because it just felt so lacklustre. Dang the Hollywood system!
Not to mention there's a pretty BIG plot hole. The climax itself is just not as gripping and it loses all life it had. But damn, it was so good before.…
tfw the scariest part of your horror film is when Dustin Hoffman finds a load of copies of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea in a cupboard.
An utterly bewildering mess of a sci-fi horror film that I always get mixed up with another utterly bewildering mess of a sci-fi horror film, namely Virus. I suppose I'll rewatch that next.
One of a clutch of post-The Abyss sci-fi films cranked out by Hollywood in the mid-to-late nineties that liked to think they were a bit more thoughtful than your usual fantasy bunkum, Sphere really doesn't work on any level beyond being quite good fun because it's all so utterly stupid. It's one of those films that is packed full of ideas…
I remember voraciously reading Sphere when I was 15, and even today it is still to me the definitive popcorn airport thriller novel. It was an excellent read, and was my favourite Crichton novel at the time. It has a genius premise with a wonderful sense of mystery and a captivating psychological bent.
However, not all books translate well to film, and this is a good example. Some thrillers, especially a psychological thriller like this one, just work better on the page, particularly the more unbelievable ones like Sphere. Levinson does a solid genre job for the most part, but the film takes a nosedive very quickly after Jerry gets mad. Once the manifestations start to visually mount, and most…
Bring to mind every 80s and 90s sci-fi film and there's a good chance Sphere is derivative of it in one way or another. The frustrating thing is that there are boatloads of great ideas in here. By here, I mean Crichton's novel, which I am going to to assume is an engrossing read. Right up my alley, I must say, and I plan on picking it up in the near future.
So what went wrong? My finger-wagging middle finger points squarely at Barry Levinson. How he edits the plot isn't exactly conductive to relating cool science or smart, likeable or skilled characters to the viewer. Everything is at service in enveloping you with mystery, narrowing logic that turns characters…
First things first, this is not a good movie. However, I still really enjoy it. There are themes of psychology and humanity in here which I find very engaging. The sci in the sci-fi is laughable at times, as is the ending...yikes, but I don't really care as I like pretty much all of the characters (Hoffman and Jackson specifically are awesome and their interactions are so much fun to watch).
I do wish there was a bit deeper examination of some of the ideas raised by what happens to the crew, but while some people like dumb action movies, I'm more of a dumb sci-fi guy and can live with all of these flaws. So I guess this is like my Fast and Sphereous.
I first became aware of “Sphere” whilst I was reading the Cracked article 6 Movies That Actually Deserve a Remake and was intrigued by the author’s appreciation for the film’s positive elements. So later when I had the opportunity to watch “Sphere”, I jumped at the chance and was pleasantly surprised.
A psychologist, mathematician, marine biologist, and astrophysicist are taken to an aircraft carrier under mysterious pretenses by the US military. The four soon find out that they have been recruited to explore a mysterious sunken spacecraft at the bottom of the ocean on the recommendation of the psychologist among them Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) according to a report he wrote many years ago entitled “Recommendations for the…
Michael Crichton was one of my favourite authors and I've always thought the Sphere book was an underrated piece of sci-fi.
Although Barry Levinson's adaption tries to take on the dense novel, and hits most of the key points. I just don't think it does as good of a job explaining the Sphere. I mean Crichton did have like 8 chapters of mathematics explaining it so, it's not really movie friendly. At least they don't fly away on a magical sea alien like the end of the Abyss.
The cast is really strong with Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Liev Schreiber, but really this is Samuel L. Jackson show. If you're a Jackson enthusiast like myself, this is essential viewing.
Basically a schlocky, American 'Solaris'. The cast is good and the titular sphere is a great bit of weird fiction. Deep ocean freaks me out regardless, and this ended up being really enjoyable despite a pretty formulaic ending.
2 stars for the jellyfish death scene
I love movies. You can just make up anything and that's your movie.
There's nothing to Sphere but Sphere itself.
It must be about 10 years since I read the book, and the bits that stuck with me are from the mysteries of the beginning; debating where the ship came from, speculating about alien life, and uncovering the secret of the ship. Sad, then, this is all done and dusted after half an hour.
I'd forgotten much of the rest, but if the book gets as purely fucking daft and sleep-inducing as this film does then it's no wonder I've blanked it out.
I want to give this more than 3, but the last 15 minutes or so were pretty lame in comparison to the rest of the movie.
I love these sort of movies, and the music is surprisingly wonderful. Extremely reminiscent of something I can't quite put my finger on. Tim Burton's Batman?
Je me souviens que quand j'ai vu ce film ado, j'avais pas mal aimé ça, mais que les critiques avaient été désastreuses, à le revoir aujourd'hui je comprends! C'est quand même curieux, car il s'agit de l'un des romans de Michael Crichton le moins verbeux et des plus dynamique... Le film lui, est rempli de scènes de monde qui parle et qui font pas grand chose!
Seriously, y'all have no idea how much this metaphor gets abused in sci-fi. Suggestions welcome.
Movies that are slightly off.