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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)



Critic Consensus: The movie raises the bar for computer animated movies, but the story is dull and emotionally removed.

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The first feature-length motion picture to use computer-generated imagery to create not only effects, props, and environments but also the human cast members themselves, this lavish science-fiction adventure follows closely on the heels of another video game-based film, Tomb Raider (2001). Ming-Na provides the voice of Dr. Aki Ross, a female scientist in the year 2065, a time when Earth has been overrun by extraterrestrial phantoms borne of a crashed meteor. Humans have been pushed back to cities protected by barriers that keep the marauding space monsters away, but time is running out. Fatally infected by one of the ghostly beasts, Ross seeks information about their purpose and physiology, assisted by her mentor Dr. Sid (voice of Donald Sutherland) and the Deep Eyes military squad of courageous Captain Gray Edwards (voice of Alec Baldwin). Tension develops between Aki's quest to stop the alien onslaught through study and the more extreme solution favored by the vengeful, saber-rattling General Hein (voice of James Woods), who would destroy both the aliens and the Earth itself. Aki ultimately comes to realize that the key to unlocking the mystery of the invaders lies within her own dreams.

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Ming-Na Wen
as Dr. Aki Ross
Alec Baldwin
as Capt. Gray Edwards
Ving Rhames
as Ryan Whittaker
James Woods
as Gen. Hein
Keith David
as Council Member No. 1
Jean Simmons
as Council Member No. 2
Matt McKenzie
as Maj. Elliot
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Critic Reviews for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (32)

I never stopped marveling at the thousands of individually delineated pores and hair strands of the heroine, but the thin story covering her acquisition of one wave after another while narrowly escaping death time and again is strictly for player one.

April 12, 2010 | Full Review…

This bigscreen adaptation of the long-popular interactive computer game is visually impressive if not dramatically cool, and is marked by "acting" that is no worse than that found in the majority of sci-fi films.

September 9, 2008

The human figure, however, remains a challenge to current CGI technology, since the detailing of hair and freckles, for instance, proves rather more credible than the marionette-like impression created by cold eyes and oddly unconvincing body movements.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

The story is adequate, if familiar, but after half an hour relapses into cliche.

August 10, 2001 | Full Review…

The visual grandeur cannot hide clichéd dialogue, thin characters, and a frustrating lack of development.

July 24, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The exercise is so elaborately pointless you'd think the Pentagon had bankrolled it.

July 18, 2001

Audience Reviews for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within


Holy uncanny valley Batman!

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

The first final fantasy film ever made and it seems as though they brought the videogame, which I am not a fan of, to life. The live action movie is much more enjoyable and fun to watch, however they need to make more, really describing the outline of final fantasy, because it just places you in the middle of a random story out of the videogame!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

This sci-fi adventure, based on a popular computer game, was highly touted as the first film completely computer-generated in a photo-realistic style, and much of the animation is truly stunning. However, the story is incoherent, betraying its video-game roots, and the characters are boring; the stunning animation doesn't extend to facial expressions or lip movements.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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