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      Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

      2001, Fantasy/Adventure, 1h 46m

      144 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      The movie raises the bar for computer animated movies, but the story is dull and emotionally removed. Read critic reviews

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      Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) A dedicated member of the Deep Eyes Squadron confronts an alien creature with a shower of gunfire in the Columbia Pictures/Square Pictures presentation, FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN. (From left to right) As Ryan (voiced by Ving Rhames), Neil (voiced by Steve Buscemi), Jane (voiced by Peri Gilpin) and Aki (voiced by Ming-Na) look on, Gray's body is checked for the alien virus. As the Deep Eyes look on, scientist Aki Ross (seated, voiced by Ming-Na) collects one of the eight spirits-a tiny green plant-she believes will save the planet. FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN blends spiritual underpinnings with the energy of the digital gaming medium and the scope of the motion picture environment. Aki (voiced by Ming-Na) is able to communicate with the alien invaders through a series of dreams which carry her across time to their home planet. Representing the continuing evolution of the synergy between gaming and cinema, FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN is the next creative step from the trendsetting and hugely popular game series.

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      Blurring the lines between reality and computer animation, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is the first feature-length motion picture that brings vivid photoRealism to computer-generated, human characters. The thrilling, futuristic action-adventure pits the earth and its people against the ultimate enemy - mysterious aliens that steal the energy from all living things on the planet.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Sci-Fi Violence|Sci-Fi Action)

      • Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-fi, Animation

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Hironobu Sakaguchi

      • Producer: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Jun Aida, Chris Lee

      • Writer: Al Reinert, Jeff Vintar, Hironobu Sakaguchi

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $32.1M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Columbia Pictures

      • Production Co: Chris Lee Productions, Square Company

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SR, DTS, Dolby Stereo, Surround, SDDS, Dolby A, Dolby Digital

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Ming-Na Wen
      Alec Baldwin
      Ving Rhames
      Peri Gilpin
      Donald Sutherland
      James Woods
      Keith David
      Jean Simmons
      Matt McKenzie
      Jun Aida
      Chris Lee
      Elliot Goldenthal
      Richard Rudolph
      Katsuhiko Toyota
      Andy Jones
      Deirdre Morrison
      Gary Mundell

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      • Jan 03, 2013

        With groundbreaking animation, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within delivers the first photorealistic computer animated feature. However, the story is insanely bizarre; alien ghosts are attacking humanity and threatening the planet's Gaia. Yet the animation is amazing, delivering some truly astounding visuals. And the film is well cast, and includes Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, and James Woods. But as interesting as the film is, the story drags it down. Still, despite its issues, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is an amazing technical achievement, and is a fun and entertaining science fiction film.

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      • Nov 26, 2012

        I don't know why they couldn't just have made a Final Fantasy movie instead of this awful hippie idealism meets Sci Fi abortion.

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      • Nov 18, 2011

        Compared to the best anime films this isn't as good but as a stand alone film it would have been way better. By that I mean if this was live action and had nothing to do with anime then I would have gotten a higher rating. This featured a great story with great emotion. I have no idea what the critics are saying. I think they're just mad because this is a huge franchise. I'm not a fan mostly because I don't play video games anymore. The only thing I like about this is Steve Buscemi's voice acting. That last scene was emotional and moving so don't listen to the critics.

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      • Jun 19, 2011

        Surprisingly good. I'm personally not a fan of the Final Fantasy games (truth be told, I can't stand them). Thankfully, unlike the Advent Children film, this has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Final Fantasy series except for its name, so needless to say, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It has a cool plot, even if it is difficult to understand at times. The CGI is dated but still cool looking, and the action is pretty cool. The cast is surprisingly star-studded, so that's a great addition to this film as well.

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