Monday, 25 February 2013

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Review (Updated)

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Release Date: 26th July 2001 – Australia

Production Companies
Chris Lee Productions
Square Pictures

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation

Rating: M

Runtime: 106 minutes

Budget: $137,000,000

Box Office Gross: $85,131,830

Plot Summary
The year is 2065 AD. The 
Earth is infested with alien 
spirits, and mankind faces 
total extinction. Led by a 
strange dream and guided 
by his mentor, Dr. Sid, 
scientist Aki Ross struggles 
to collect the eight spirits 
in the hope of creating a 
force powerful enough to 
destroy the alien presence 
and pure enough to protect 
the planet. With the aid of 
the Deep Eyes Squadron, 
Aki must save the Earth 
form its darkest hate and 
unleash the spirits within.

Voice Cast
Ming-Na – Aki Ross
Donald Sutherland – Dr. Sid
Alec Baldwin – Gray Edwards
James Woods – General Hein
Ving Rhames – Ryan Whittaker
Steve Buscemi – Neil Fleming
Peri Gilpin – Jane Proudfoot

Based on Video Game Series
"Final Fantasy/Story/Executive
Producer/Director - Hironobu
Co-Director - Motonori Sakakibara
Writers - Al Reinert & Jeff Vintar
Additional Dialogue - Jack Fletcher
Producers - Jun Aida, Chris
Lee & Akio Sakai
Production Designer - Mauro
Conceptual Director - Tani
Creature Supervisor - Takao Noguchi
Cinematography - Motonori
Motion Capture Director - Remington Scott
Composting Supervisor - James Rogers
Sound Designer/Re-Recording Mixer - Randy Thom
Film Editor - Christopher S. Capp
Music - Elliot Goldenthal

The CGI animation of FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN including its characters looks beautifully realistic and may compare to those in James Cameron's film AVATAR (click here) but the movie doesn't feel like the FINAL FANTASY video game series and only has the title of Final Fantasy, its not meeting expectations of loyal video game fans. The other good thing that I list besides the CGI are the decent voice acting, especially James Woods who gives a dark and serious performance as the evil general who wasn't even funny than his other acting role as Hades in Disney's HERCULES (click here). 

It was really a smart idea to make a modern computerized animated feature that is mature, not aimed for children and doesn't include anything childish like cute characters or sidekicks, but come on THE SPIRITS WITHIN may be artistic, it lacks the basic principles that we need for a eligible video game adaptation and it's just ended up as plain forgotten and average.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

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