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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

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A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Aki Ross (voice) (as Ming-Na)
Ryan (voice)
Neil (voice)
Jane (voice)
Dr. Sid (voice)
General Hein (voice)
Council Member #1 (voice)
Council Member #2 (voice)
Major Elliot (voice)
BCR Soldier #1 / Space Station Technician #2 / Additional Voices (voice)
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Steve Alterman ...
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David Arnott ...
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Additional Voices (voice) (as Catherine Cavadini)


In the year 2065, the next great assault against an invading race of phantom-like aliens is about to be launched. Dr. Aki Ross, a brilliant young scientist, races to find the invaders' secrets, not only to save the planet, but herself as well after her body is infected by alien particles. She teams up with the prestigious Deep Eyes military squadron, led by her old friend Grey Edwards. But as Aki, her mentor Dr. Sid, and Grey work toward a peaceful end, the scheming General Hein devises a plot to eradicate the aliens in one swift, destructive blow...even if it destroys the Earth right along with them. Written by H2F

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Open your mind. Unlock the secret. Experience the fantasy. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Final Fantasy  »


Box Office


$137,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,408,853, 15 July 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,131,830, 26 August 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

(Digital DTS Sound)| | (8 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Aki Ross was named #87 on Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" list for 2001, and was featured on the cover of the supplemental insert. She is the only nonexistent person to date to make that list. See more »


After Aki removes the phantom particles from Gray, she picks up a canister that's hovering in the air, when she originally placed it on the table further away. See more »


[Neil and Ryan tamper with an elevator with passengers Grey and Aki]
Jane Proudfoot: What do you think you're doing?
Neil: We're just gonna stall them for a little while... Hey, don't look at me, it was HIS idea.
Jane Proudfoot: This was YOUR idea?
Ryan: We're just helping the Captain out a little. Have you seen the way he looks at her?
Neil: Yeah, Jane, where's your sense of romance?
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The Dream Within
Written by Elliot Goldenthal and Dick Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph)
Produced by Elliot Goldenthal and Matthias Gohl (as Teese Gohl)
Performed by Lara Fabian
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Good Film
27 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't know why nearly all the critics bashed this film. I thought it was great! The main reasons people have dogged it is because they don't follow the plot and they don't think the animation looks real enough.

I did not have any problem following the plot. The second word in "Final Fantasy" is a description of the type of movie this is. It deals with the supernatural. The spirits, or "essences" of earth are gathered to fight the alien gaia, as the arms and weapons used against the alien spirits are ineffective and in fact destructive.

This movie introduced me to the concept of the gaia, which I believe is a great metaphor for understanding how all life on earth shares a common spirit. I don't truly believe there is a gaia, and you don't need to either to enjoy this film. But perhaps some found that this conflicted too much with their beliefs.

Now as far as the animation, this is the most realistic portrayal of human characters to date generated by a computer. If you watch some anime films, where there is a lot of action, they will show a frame for a long time with only the mouths moving. People enjoy these animations. Then why is this movie criticized so heavily for not looking real enough? It's rather ironic. You should watch this movie expecting an animation, not a full-feature film with real actors.

One explanation for this reaction is that, like figures in a wax museum, characters that look too real but are not creep us out because they remind us of dead people. But perhaps this is fitting for this movie, because the soul of the earth is sick and life on the planet is reaching its end.

In any case, I enjoyed this movie, and I liked the message. If you like animation and enjoy a good fantasy story, you will like this movie.

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