James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN (PG)
D: Hironobu Sakaguchi
Columbia Tristar (Hironobu Sakaguchi, Jun Aida & Chris Lee)
Japan/USA 🇯🇵 🇺🇸 2001
W: Al Reinert & Jeff Vintar
Mus: Elliott Goldenthal
Voices of: Ming Na (Aki Ross), Alec Baldwin (Capt. Gray Edwards), Ving Rhames (Sgt. Ryan Whittaker), Steve Buscemi (Neil), Peri Gilpin (Jane Proudfoot), Donald Sutherland (Highwind), James Woods (Gen. Hein)
Based on a video game, a female scientist searches for the spirits which will rid the world of phantoms, powerful aliens who have taken over the planet.
While the animation is fantastic, creating human characters so lifelike, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that this is an animation at all. The story however, isn't so convincing, and would most appeal to fans of the computer game only.