Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within

Earth is a desolate wasteland in
i Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
i0 . Humanity has been decimated by an invasion of Phantoms, insubstantial aliens that extract and devour the spirits of living things. The few remaining humans have retreated to a handful of cities that are protected by massive bio-energy shields. The beautiful Dr. Aki Ross (voiced by Ming-Na) and her mentor Dr. Sid (Donald Sutherland) have discovered that the energy signatures of eight key Earth spirits can cancel out and destroy the Phantoms. With the help of Captain Edwards (Alec Baldwin) and his band of marines, they must scour the globe for the last two remaining spirits before General Hein (James Woods) manipulates the refugee government into attacking the aliens with an orbital laser that may also destroy the Earth.
Hironobu Sakaguchi's film is taken from the popular
i Final Fantasy
i0 video game franchise, which is particularly well suited to film adaptation with its series of original stories, but the movie features entirely new characters and settings. And like
i Toy Story
i0 and
i Shrek
i0 ,
i Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
i0 is completely computer generated. Unlike those cartoon comedies, though,
i The Spirits Within
i0 is a serious science fiction drama with astonishingly human digital actors. Aki, the female lead, appeared in a full-page spread in
i Maxim
i0 magazine's Hot 100 list--and was indistinguishable from the real-life models. The setting and conflict make for incredible action, but it's the larger issues, character interaction, and human elements that really make the movie shine.
i The Spirits Within
i0 is not simply a science fiction movie, in the same way that
i Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
i0 is not simply a kung fu flick. The result is a fantastic summer movie with better action and more emotion than
i Pearl Harbor
i0 , and actors more lifelike than those in that other video game movie,
i Tomb Raider
i0 .
i --Mike Fehlauer

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upc: 9780767864541
title: Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within
theatricalDate: 19-06-2001
stars: Alec Baldwin
Steve Buscemi
Keith David
Matt McKenzie
Ving Rhames
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Sony Pictures
published: 23-10-2001
price: $19.94
net Rating: 4
MPAA Rating: PG-13
minutes: 106
number of media: 2
last lookup time: 203998800
genre: Sci-Fi Action
Heroic Missions
Race Against Time
Alien Invasion
Space Adventure
Computer Animation
Final Fantasy
Sony Pictures
Anime & Sci-Fi Animation
Special Editions
fullTitle: Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within (Special Edition)
features: Closed-captioned
DTS Surround Sound
edition: Special
director: Hironobu Sakaguchi
Motonori Sakakibara
currentValue: $3.05
created: 203998800
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B00003CY5D