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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

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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Doctor Aki Ross (voice) (as Ming-Na)
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Ryan (voice)
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Neil (voice)
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Jane (voice)
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Dr. Sid (voice)
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General Hein (voice)
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Major Elliot (voice)
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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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Enter a new dimension, beyond all you imagine, where fantasy becomes reality. See more »


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

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11 July 2001 (USA)  »

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$137,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,408,853 (USA) (13 July 2001)

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$32,131,830 (USA) (24 August 2001)
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Trivia

As of 2015, this film is the highest scoring video game adaptation on Rotten tomatoes at 44%. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Aki and Gray are standing in a giant crater, above which is a huge phantom]
Capt. Gray Edwards: This is not a good place to be.
[Looks down and sees swirling blue energy beneath them]
Capt. Gray Edwards: That's not what I think it is, is it?
Aki: Yes-it's Gaia.
Capt. Gray Edwards: This is definitely not a good place to be.
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Soundtracks

Spirit Dreams Inside
Written by Hyde (as hyde)
English Translation by Lynne Hobday
Performed by L'Arc-en-Ciel (as L'Arc'en'Ciel)
Produced and Arranged by L'Arc-en-Ciel (as L'Arc'en'Ciel) and Hajime Okano
Courtesy of Ki/oon Records, a Group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
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Improbably good
13 March 2006 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

I never played the computer game, and knew nothing about it. I was drawn to this film because of the bold animations, but didn't expect the film to do anything for me beyond simple entertainment. I was pleasantly surprised. The excellent voice talent and stunning animation allow Final Fantasy to drawn you in just as well as a live-action version would have. It is very easy to forget that the characters you are watching are animations, and the action is CGI.

A meteor has struck the earth, carrying with it phantoms who strip away the life energy of whomever they contact. Dr. Aki Ross and her mentor Dr. Ced are locked in a stand-off against the earth's military forces, whose solution to this invasion may be worse than the invasion itself, and the mysterious phantoms who seem to have no specific purpose and can not be fought using conventional means. Following up on a quasi-mystical theory of Dr. Ced, they set out to collect 8 living spirits which must be used to harness the life force of earth itself in defense of the planet.

This film is dark and beautiful, with each scene a masterpiece of animated art. It feels less like a computer game than an immersive experience in an alternative universe.

A fast-paced action film, Final Fantasy blends elements of folklore, science and animated battle sequences into a satisfying, well balanced and well paced film. It is probably the most thoughtful computer game -inspired film I have seen.


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