Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  11 July 2001 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Additional Voices (voice)
Steve Alterman ...
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David Arnott ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice) (as Andrea Taylor)
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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Enter a new dimension, beyond all you imagine, where fantasy becomes reality. 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:

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


$1,448,087 (Italy) (7 September 2001)

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Sound Mix:

| | (8 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Prior to the film's release, there was speculation that the photo-realistic computer-generated "actors" would revolutionize moviemaking. There were news reports of plans for the "digital actress" used for Aki Ross to appear in another movie, or possibly be included in a live-action production amongst real actors. The box office failure of this film put those plans on hold, however a special sequence created for the special edition version of the DVD, which opens disc 2, does in fact show Aki and other FF characters interacting with real people. 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: Jane, let me ask you something, do you think we're gonna get out of here alive? I mean I wonder if anyone else has gotten out. You think anyone's made it this far? huh?
Jane Proudfoot: Uhh...
Neil: You really think this 8. spirit stuff is really going to work against the phantoms? i mean, what if it's all a bunch of Mumbo Jumbo?
[gets a little electric shock]
Neil: Ahh... jeez Jane. do you mind if we stop talking? I'm trying to concentrate here.
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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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User Reviews

Not bad at all....
11 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, I guess there is SOME hope for video game adaptations. While not a direct translation of the Final Fantasy video game franchise, it is written by the series creator, whose name I cannot remember. On top of that, his video game company branched off into a film company (Square Pictures) just to go and make this movie. At least one can't complain about the handling of the material.

But the big question here is: Do these guys know anything about film-making? Maybe. Maybe not. Truth be told, they don't need to. The beauty of this movie is that it does something new. It blends the world of video game technology and storytelling with the art of film-making. It cuts corners on film-making, but its uniqueness makes up for it. I will admit that I'm a gamer, so I appreciate what was attempted here. What we get out of this movie is an impressive display of what animators and video game technology can do together. I know there are other CGI movies out there, but, unless I am mistaken, they have all followed the over-the-top cartoony path. This is where Final Fantasy stands out. The animation is swelling with reality. From a technical standpoint, this is a gem, and a reason at the least to give it a rent.

The storyline is subject to much scrutiny though. It's not for everybody. This IS a film of Japanese origin, so anime fans will be right at home with it. For the mainstream audience, however, that remains to be decided. Although the script was revised to suit North American localization (and done very well might I add), it still is very Japanese in style, albeit with a bit less surrealism. It's fast-paced and a bit abstract at times, but it is coherent.

In the end, I would say that one should rent this just to see the technological achievement at the least. It's safe to say that all would agree with that point. Depending on the person, you may get into the storyline as well. Either way, you'll walk away with at least part of you satisfied.

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