Sphere ★½

D: Barry Levinson. Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Coyote, Liev Schreiber, Queen Latifah. Failed sci-fi saga (from Michael Crichton novel) about a group of scientists from different disciplines who are brought to a super-secret underwater site where the U.S. Navy has discovered a mysterious wreckage. What does it signify? Where did it come from and when? Intriguing set-up leads nowhere, with increasingly stupid behavior from the principals and ridiculous chapter headings that lend supposed import to each new sequence. A bust. Super 35. [PG-13]