Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within
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Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within
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.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"The exercise is so elaborately pointless you'd think the Pentagon had bankrolled it."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"First computer animated movie to "star" actors."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It's a paradox--it's at once exhilarating yet exhausting, thrilling yet boring, masterful yet banal."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Even in the world of the digitally perfect, a black man seems doomed to be a disposable sidekick, and the heroine must represent every feminist ideal at once."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"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."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A mesmerizing technical achievement."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"It's possible that the effect might be different if this were not a soggy, derivative SF movie and we had more to engage and divert us."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"From a strictly visual standpoint, the film is like nothing you've ever seen. In terms of story, however, you've seen it all before."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It's all very complicated and makes one lose interest quickly."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"After you're done marveling at the characters' semirealistic way of moving and the freckles and minor imperfections that dot their skin ... it's all too easy to get hung up on the things that make them seem clumsy and awkward."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Despite the utterly amazing animation and exciting action, this is nothing like its source material and is very disappointing in the end."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The story is well written and incredibly smart, but probably a bit too spiritual for western audiences."
‑ John Venable,
"A lot of painstaking work went into this . . . Unfortunately, the main story becomes nearly incomprehensible . . . and the last ten minutes or so just feel like drudgery."
‑ Brian Mckay,
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