Set in the late 1970s. In the early hours of the morning farmer Dean Harris, his wife Abby, their newborn baby, and their son Kyle, are awakened by what Dean thinks are trespassers on their property again. When Dean and Kyle go to investigate they soon realize these are in fact trespassers but not of this world.
1000 feet below the ocean, navy divers discover an object half-a-mile long. A crack team of scientists are deployed to the site in Deepsea Habitats. What they find boggles the mind as they discover a perfect metal sphere. What is the secret behind the sphere? Will they survive the mysterious 'manifestations'? Who or what is creating these? They may never live to find out. Written by
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The film was shot in warehouses with specially constructed water tanks rather than being filmed on the high seas because Warner Bros didn't want to repeat the debacle of Waterworld (1995). Filming it on the ocean would have sent the budget into the stratosphere, which is what crippled Waterworld's chances at the box-office. They managed to trim the budget by 20 million dollars, but despite all their precautions, Sphere (1998) still died a quiet death at the box-office. See more »
After Harry saves Norman when he has a valve leak and is attacked by a sea snake, there is a sky shot of Harry telling Norman to breathe normally. In the last few seconds of the scene you can clearly see in the lower left hand corner the leg of a crew member wearing shorts with black and white sneakers. See more »
Whatever it is, it was inside the Sphere. Now it's out, free to act.
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The opening credits are cast over an invisible sphere. See more »
First half is really good but quickly becomes a load of `spheres'!
When the military discover what they believe to be a spaceship at the bottom of the ocean they bring in Dr Norman Goodman who had once written a report on the protocol for an alien encounter. His report had named a team of experts this team is also assembled. The team descend to the craft and begin to find some astonishing things about the craft. However when they find a huge golden sphere they begin to experience problems. Problems that become worse when a storm traps them at the bottom of the ocean.
With a cast like this you gotta have high hopes. With a director and a writer to match you deserve something fantastic! And for the most part this delivers. The build up is dark, mysterious and exciting. However once the sphere is found it goes downhill. It still has some really good moments the jellyfish bit is scary and other actions bits are cool. But it gets all muddled up in what the sphere is and who is doing what on the base. It almost manages to hold together until the final half hour then it all just collapses like a flan in a cupboard! It's a shame because for the most part it felt like it was building to something much better, but no.
The cast promised much but didn't deliver. Jackson was great, but I don't think he can be bad even in a bad movie. Hoffman stutters around like he doesn't know what he's doing. I know he's meant to be playing a character that isn't used to heroics, but he doesn't bring anything. Stone is OK but at times looks like she reading her lines off a board. Coyote is OK and Schreiber is understated by his own hammy standards. It's also cool to see Queen Latifah in a role.
Overall this is worth watching as for the majority it's real good. However you notice that the film has got 30 minutes left to go make your excuses and leave, by then you've seen the best it has to offer.
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