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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

 PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (421 customer reviews)
Price: CDN$ 34.14 & FREE Shipping. Details
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A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Did you see the other movies that competed at the box during the summer of 2001? There was "Jurassic Park 3", "AI", "Cats & Dogs", "Tomb Raider" and "Rush Hour 2" -all unwatchable films. Seriously, these movies are like committee driven productions with very little originality. If you thought that any of these films were great, then stop reading here (it's obvious that what little brain space you have is needed for your basic survival and I wouldn't want you to actually 'think' for yourself)...
Then there was "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within", a foreign film by a director, Hironobu Sakaguchi, who doesn't even speak english. And yet FF was absolutely original for a summer film; emphasis on story and character, post apocalyptic civilization coping with a mystery that has wiped out the majority of humanity, ghosts from another planet, a villian who is not a typical evil cliche -he's just trying to save the human race, a hero who may be infected by the spirits inside her and may subsequently be subverting a squad of marines, and the underlying theme of faith. All those elements add up to an underappreciated cult classic that Hollywood purposefully swept under the carpet.
Why was this film targeted with 0 marketing from the studio that distrubuted it, Sony Pictures? Cause the movie was totally financed by Square and Sony had no stake in it's success whatsoever. However, Sony was already in talks to create the cg for the all motion capture "Polar Express", a $100 million plus payday from Warner Bros to Sony for just making the graphics, disregarding the final outcome of the box office. That's a fat guaranteed paycheck. Check out this link regarding Tom Hanks public campaign to sink FF- (...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete masterpiece June 22 2004
This film is one of the best I have ever seen. Put simply, it is a work of genius. There have been a number of bad reviews about this film and it lost almost $60m at the box office (nevertheless, it still grossed a fairly respectable $45m). When I saw the DVD I couldn't understand why the film lost money at all.
The main prejudices against this film seem to be that it carries the "Final Fantasy" title. Excited fans of the gaming series were seriously dissapointed because this film has absolutely nothing to do with any of the games and is in a completly different style to them. This isn't surprising, because the games are incredibly complex and their stories would eat up hours of screen time. Fans of the game just did not have the foresight to enjoy it as a seperate movie. I had not played the games upon viewing and so could afford to be more impartial.
The rendered characters are incredible; for computer geeks it's worth buying the DVD to see Dr. Aki Ross's (the main character) hair blowing in the wind.
The storyline is as deep as you want it to be- it works on many levels, ultimately dealing with spirituality/life and death issues. On the other hand, it can be enjoyed solely as an action movie. Another great feature is the music, which is some of the best work I have heard- particularly the end credits/love scene piece "The Dream Within".
There is not a great deal of character development, and this upset critics. Nevertheless, there is still feeling and the viewer does get attached to most of the characters.
You simply HAVE to watch this film once. It really is nothing like anything that has gone before it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE May 12 2004
I know people are made that the movie had nothing to do with the games. Everyone please remember that the games are all different in many ways. The movie for example is a completely new world, new characters, and theme. And you really care about the story and what happens to the characters. That is what makes a Final Fantasy. Not Cloud or Squall swinging swords everywhere. People have just forgotten what makes the Final Fantasy series so great and that the storys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...And Worlds End" Feb. 24 2004
As a feature for cutting-edge animation this film is a great success. I often gaped at the amazing visual textures and dazzling color mixed with inventive sci-fi scenery. However, the film is extremely cold with regards to emotional connection with the characters. While the creatures and ships and battle-gear were all pristinely drawn, the expressions and walk of the human characters are stiff and mostly emotionless. This makes for more of a cerebral experience along the lines of hard sci-fi rather than sci-fi fantasy. The overall feel of the film is icy and soulless, but the animation is truly exceptional. What saves this film from being completely frozen is one of the most underrated scores of the year composed by Elliot Goldenthal. I own the CD to the soundtrack and I often play it while reading something creepy. It enhances the movie with subtlety and provides much-needed lift to many of the otherwise spiritless sequences. The song "The Dream Within" sung by Lara Fabian was also written by Elliot Goldenthal and is remarkable, especially with Lara Fabian's glorious voice soaring over the music. But the real star of this film is the animation, which is certainly extraordinary. There were many moments during the film that I forgot it was animated, the human characters look so life-like. In summation: superb animation with a cerebral sci-fi yarn, but ultimately hollow and cold.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie that brought a company down, but own me on the process! :)
Square soft went bankrupt with this phenomenal movie, but it shows! CGI of great quality, even for today standards! Read more
Published 8 months ago by FG
5.0 out of 5 stars wow what an awesome movie-- for all to see
What an awesome -- well made- amzing animae - so realistic- and true to life . Lots of action enjoy
Published 21 months ago by D. Bond
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
It remains an animation movie. But the details are stunning at times. I first saw that movie before the flat screen tv's revolution. It looked more like a real movie then.
Published on Sept. 30 2012 by sp
4.0 out of 5 stars The Avatar of 2001!
This review is for the two disc special edition of the Oct/2001 animated film Final Fantasy.A film that never made its creating costs,it nevertheless is a very compelling piece of... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2011 by Robert Badgley
4.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated film of the decade thus far
In July of 2001, this movie was ignored or misunderstood when it was released in theaters.
In September of 2001, a terrible, historical event occurred. Read more
Published on July 17 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Whether you love final fantasy games, or you've never heard of them before, this movie is great for you. It is amazing what computers have been able to do. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Brandy
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for visuals
The purpose of this film was to push the envelope of computer animation. This goal was accomplished, and then some. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by N. J Nogler
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Wonderful
I admit to being one of those people who wasn't the least bit interested in this movie when it first came out because of the computer gernerated characters and the video game... Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by L. Brewer
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie i've ever seen
I don't think this movie should have been called Final Fantasy because it was nothing like it. i was very excited when it came out, but after i saw it i was very disapointed. Read more
Published on June 20 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic looking dross.
It's so unfortunate that the highly accomplished computer graphics have been complimented with a story totally bereft of any attempt at originality or interest. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by S Smyth
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