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Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within [2001] (2 discs)

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Director:Hironobu Sakaguchi
Moto Sakakibara
Writer:Al Reinert
Jeff Vintar
Composer:Elliot Goldenthal
Length:106 minutes
(1 hour 46 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:43%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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  • Drama
  • Sci-Fi
  • CG
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  • Mystery
  • Romance
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Synopsis: The Earth is under seige by a non-corporeal alien force.


Reaction: The story-telling is a bit too methodical and the voice acting a bit bland at times but the visual aspect is, for the most part, quite impressive.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Hironobu Sakaguchi => Director
Moto Sakakibara => Director
Al Reinert => Writer
Jeff Vintar => Writer
Elliot Goldenthal => Composer
Alec Baldwin => Captain Gray Edwards
Donald Sutherland => Dr. Sid
Dwight Schultz => Scan Technician (uncredited)
James Woods => General Hein
Jean Simmons => Council Member #2
Keith David => Council Member #1
Matt McKenzie => Major Elliot
Ming-Na Wen => Doctor Aki Ross
Peri Gilpin => Jane
Steve Buscemi => Neil
Ving Rhames => Ryan

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The total production time on the film was over four years. By the time the final shots were rendered, some of the earlier ones had to be redone because they didn't match anymore. Also, the software used to create them had become more advanced (and hence more detail was possible).
  • This was the first [Final Fantasy] not scored by series composer [?] Nobuo Uematsu, the man behind the music of all ten FF games (excluding {FF Tactics}, composed by [?] Masanari Iwata/[?] Hitoshi Sakimoto). His music is so loved by fans that it is often released on separate CDs by popular demand.
  • Due to the poor performance of the film at the box office, Square Pictures announced its "retirement" from the film business in October 2001. The studio did, however, go on to produce the short film {Final Flight of the Osiris} in a similar realistic CGI style to Final Fantasy, which played in theaters before Dreamcatcher and was released as the first of a series of short films set in the Matrix on DVD entitled The Animatrix.
  • During the conference scene where Hein and Sid debate how to kill the Phantoms. Some of the faces are in the audience are modeled on behind the scenes personnel.
  • The day and month shown after Aki's first dream is director Hironobu Sakaguchi's wife's birthday.
  • The Deep Eyes Squadron has four members, a reference to the [Final Fantasy] game series, where in six of the ten games, you are limited to four people in your team, despite the fact that there are usually more than five characters.
  • During preproduction, the script went through 50 incarnations. In one such form there was a small child named Meg, who had a much larger part in the overall story. In the final version of the film the fifth spirit was drawn from a terminally ill child. This is the only reference to Meg left in the final version.
  • The first computer-generated animated motion picture with photo-realistic characters.
  • Prior to the film's release, there was speculation that the photo-realistic computer-generated "actors" would revolutionize moviemaking. There were news reports of plans for the "digital actress" used for Aki Ross to appear in another movie, or possibly be included in a live-action production amongst real actors. The box office failure of this film put those plans on hold, however a special sequence created for the special edition version of the DVD, which opens disc 2, does in fact show Aki and other FF characters interacting with real people.
  • The flying Phantom in the wasteland sequence is a boss fought on a beach in the {Final Fantasy VII} game.