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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within -- A female scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within -- A female scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within -- A female 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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An OK sci-fi despite not being able to really deliver the potentially complex plot it could have had but it looks good and is passable entertainment for sci-fi fans See more (783 total) »


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Ming-Na Wen ... Doctor Aki Ross (voice) (as Ming-Na)

Alec Baldwin ... Captain Gray Edwards (voice)

Ving Rhames ... Ryan (voice)

Steve Buscemi ... Neil (voice)

Peri Gilpin ... Jane (voice)

Donald Sutherland ... Dr. Sid (voice)

James Woods ... General Hein (voice)

Keith David ... Council Member #1 (voice)

Jean Simmons ... Council Member #2 (voice)

Matt McKenzie ... Major Elliot (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matt Adler ... Additional Voices (voice)
Steve Alterman ... Additional Voices (voice)
David Arnott ... Additional Voices (voice)

Andrea Baker ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Andrea Taylor)

Cathy Cavadini ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Catherine Cavadini)

Lanei Chapman ... Additional Voices (voice)

Vicki Davis ... Additional Voices (voice)
Judi M. Durand ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Judi Durand)

Greg Finley ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jack Fletcher ... Additional Voices (voice)
Julia Fletcher ... Additional Voices (voice)
Barbara Harris ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Barbara Iley)
David McCharen ... Additional Voices (voice)

Tracy Metro ... Additional Voices (voice)

David Michie ... Additional Voices (voice)

Richard Penn ... Additional Voices (voice)
David Randolph ... Additional Voices (voice)

John DeMita ... BCR Soldier #1 / Space Station Technician #2 / Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

John DiMaggio ... BFW Soldier #1 (voice) (uncredited)

Alex Fernandez ... Space Station Technician #3 (voice) (uncredited)
David Rasner ... Space Station Technician #1 & 4 (voice) (uncredited)

Dwight Schultz ... Scan Technician (voice) (uncredited)
Annie Wu ... The Little Girl / The Fifth Spirit (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hironobu Sakaguchi 
Motonori Sakakibara (co-director)
Writing credits
Hironobu Sakaguchi (story)

Al Reinert (written by) &
Jeff Vintar (written by)

Jack Fletcher (additional dialogue)

Ramin Mebdy  Farsi adaptation

Produced by
Jun Aida .... producer
Michael Hack .... supervising producer
Daniel S. Kletzky .... associate producer
Chris Lee .... producer
Deirdre Morrison .... line producer
Hironobu Sakaguchi .... executive producer
Akio Sakai .... producer
Katsuhiko Toyota .... associate producer
Original Music by
Elliot Goldenthal 
Cinematography by
Motonori Sakakibara 
Film Editing by
Christopher S. Capp 
Casting by
Jack Fletcher 
Production Design by
Mauro Borrelli 
Production Management
Hiroyoshi Hamada .... production manager
Naoko Muldowney .... computer graphics production manager
Kaoru Hiyama Rogers .... production manager
Terri Sasaki .... production manager
Kenji Takemoto .... production manager
Christopher S. Capp .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Art Department
Kevin Bjorke .... senior layout artist
Eric Lloyd Brown .... concept artist (as Eric Brown)
John Fox .... senior storyboard artist
Trevor Goring .... storyboard artist
Ray Harvie .... storyboard artist
Tim Holtrop .... storyboard artist
Patrick Janicke .... conceptual designer
Thomas Roland Johnson .... conceptual artist
Tani Kunitake .... conceptual director
Richard Mahon .... concept artist
Tatsuro Maruyama .... set & props lead artist
Clear Menser .... sets and props
Mark Moretti .... storyboard artist
Shûkô Murase .... original character designer
Yasushi Nirasawa .... creature designer
Christian Scheurer .... matte painter
Pedram Goshtasbpour .... additional storyboards (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Barnett .... mix stage engineer
Chris Barron .... digital transfers (as Christopher Barron)
Tim Burby .... digital transfers
Brian Chumney .... digital support
John Countryman .... digital transfers
Jeff Darby .... sound effects editor
Edwin Dunkley .... sound: video transfers
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Sean England .... machine room operator
David Farmer .... sound effects editor
Sue Fox .... adr editor
Sue Fox .... dialog editor
Andrea Gard .... additional sound effects editor (as Andrea Stelter Gard)
Andrea Gard .... foley editor (as Andrea Stelter Gard)
Jonathan Greber .... digital transfers
Gabriel Guy .... sound mix technician
Samuel H. Hinckley .... adr assistant (as Sam Hinckley)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
David C. Hughes .... sound effects editor
David Hunter .... digital support
Noah Katz .... digital support
Dennis Leonard .... supervising sound editor
Eric Lewis .... assistant dialogue recording engineer
Stuart McCowan .... assistant sound designer
Jim McKee .... sound effects editor
Frank 'Pepe' Merel .... foley recordist
Colin O'Neill .... assistant sound effects editor
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Romanko .... machine room operator
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist
Christopher Scarabosio .... additional sound effects editor (as Chris Scarabosio)
Dee Selby .... additional sound effects assistant
Ernie Sheesley .... dialogue recordist
Robert Shoup .... additional sound effects editor (as Bob Shoup)
Mac Smith .... sound design apprentice
Andrea Stelter .... sound effects editor
Erich Stratmann .... assistant supervising sound editor
John Taylor .... mix stage engineer
Randy Thom .... sound designer
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
James Twomey .... sound recordist
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Doug Winningham .... assistant sound effects editor
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Andy Newell .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kim Jongbo .... sequence supervisor/lead animator
Masayuki Kasuya .... system administrator
Koji Nagashima .... senior programmer
Shinichi Soeda .... production software supervisor
Shawn Taras .... special effects programmer
Visual Effects by
Ivy Agregan .... CG production manager: lighting
Robin Akin .... character animator
Takahiko Akiyama .... visual effects art director
Mayumi Arakaki .... visual effects coordinator
Yasuko Asakura .... lead visual effects artist
Lisa Atkinson .... development consultant
Remo Balcells .... visual effects supervisor
Peter Baustaedter .... visual effects
Jeffrey Benoit .... visual effects
Robert Bourgeault .... modeler
Robert Bourgeault .... texture artist
Jon Bowen .... senior compositor (as Jonathan Bowen)
Scot Brew .... production software engineer
Troy Brooks .... production systems supervisor
Bela Brozsek .... digital artist
Ronnie Bushaw .... digital matte painter (as Ronald Bushaw)
Sonia Calvert .... compositor
Claudia Candia .... texture painter
Daniel R. Casey .... digital texture supervisor
Daniel R. Casey .... lead artist
Andy Chen .... visual effects
Benjamin Cheung .... character technical director
Francisco Cortina .... senior character artist
Paolo Costabel .... technical director
Karl Coyner .... CG artist
Cary Cremidas .... photography plates
Tim Crosbie .... senior compositor
James H. Dargie .... CG artist
Matthew Davies .... visual effects
Mark Andrew De La Garza .... lighting artist: Square USA
Tim de Pala .... visual effects coordinator
Christina DeSilva .... production coordinator
Simon Dye .... compositor
Angela M. Eliasz .... lead lighting artist
Petronella Evers .... visual effects
Michael Fadollone .... visual effects
Jack Fletcher .... motion capture director
Michael Sean Foley .... lighting artist
Haskell Friedman .... senior lighting artist
Michael Fu .... rendering technical support
Eiji Fujii .... sequence supervisor
Steven Galle .... visual effects
Sergio Garcia Abad .... visual effects CG artist
Roger Gibbon .... digital matte painter
Bryan Godwin .... digital artist
Kelly Hartigan Goldstein .... character animator
Matthew Hackett .... lead character animator
Jerry Hall .... digital compositor
Udai Haraguchi .... motion capture engineer
Andy Harbeck .... lead artist
Toby Haruno .... lead character animator: Square Pictures
Hiroyuki Hayashida .... sequence supervisor
Tom Hendrickson .... visual effects coordinator (as Thomas Hendrickson)
George Ho .... lighting artist
Dave R. Howe .... visual effects artist (as David Howe)
Feng-Yi Hsiao .... compositor (as Feric Yi Feng)
Bret Hughes .... rendering technical director
Lily Vasconcellos Ibbotson .... compositor
Kenneth Ibrahim .... digital artist: Square Pictures
Kenichi Isaka .... sequence supervisor
Bruce Jurgens .... CG supervisor
Kory Juul .... compositor
Matt Karnes .... motion capture engineer
Miku Kayama .... lead compositor
Muqeem Khan .... visual effects
Jae Hong Kim .... digital artist
Lisa Kim .... digital artist: visual effects & props
Takumi Kimura .... sequence supervisor
Michael Kitchen .... character animator
D. Flint Klingler .... compositor (as Don Klingler)
Spencer Knapp .... lead visual effects artist
Mach Tony Kobayashi .... visual effects
Takashi Kubota .... layout supervisor
Roger Kupelian .... digital matte painter
Ryan Leasher .... lighting artist
Derek Ledbetter .... credits
Erik Lee .... CG animator: Square USA
Hae-Jeon Lee .... visual effects
Greg Lev .... lead lighting artist
Rosa Lin .... visual effects
Stephen Lunn .... lead compositor (as Stephen R. Lunn)
Tetsuo Maeda .... compositor
Richard Mahon .... digital matte painter
Andrea Maiolo .... character technical director
Evans Mark .... digital artist: photon element
Jeffrey Martin .... visual effects
Will McCoy .... digital compositor (as William McCoy)
Gustav Melich .... lead visual effects artist
Stan Miskiewicz .... lighter
John Monos .... lead lighting artist
Rene Morel .... character modeller/texturer
Hiroshi Mori .... texture artist
Hiroshi Mori .... visual effects
Heiji Morishita .... compositor
Bo Mosley .... lead artist: SquareUSA
Adam Moura .... compositor: SquareUSA (as Adam K. Moura)
Craig Mullins .... digital matte painter
Gary Mundell .... CG supervisor
Meghan Nishimizu .... computer graphics manager
Takao Noguchi .... creature supervisor
Kevin Ochs .... character technical director
Yasuhiro Ohtsuka .... compositor: Digital Frontier
Tadao Okada .... sets and props supervisor
Taiji Okusawa .... character supervisor
Hideto Ozaki .... compositor
Chris Paizis .... visual effects manager (as Christopher Paizis)
Ron Perry .... motion capture set designer
Claude Precourt .... sequence supervisor
Steve Preeg .... visual effects
Alex Sandor Rabb .... visual effects artist (as Sandor Rabb)
Jay Randall .... lead animator
Geoff Richardson .... digital compositor (as Geoffrey Richardson)
Robert Rioux .... set modeling supervisor
Frank Ritlop .... lighting artist
Michael Rivero .... visual effects
Ron Roberts .... senior compositor
James Rogers .... compositing supervisor
Jake Rowell .... digital artist
Josh Saeta .... digital compositor (as Joshua Saeta)
Kay Sasatomi .... CG production manager
Christian Scheurer .... digital matte painter (as Christian Lorenz Scheurer)
Jeff Schu .... character animator
Andrew Schwartz .... digital compositor
Remington Scott .... motion capture director
David Seager .... lighting supervisor: Square USA
Kerry Shea .... visual effects post production manager
Kerry Shea .... visual effects production manager
Tomoko Shin .... digital compositor
Robert Shrider .... visual effects
Shinichi Soeda .... Production Software Supervisor
Sharmishtha Sohoni .... digital compositor
Neville Spiteri .... visual effects
Jeff Stern .... lead lighting artist
Eric Sterner .... CG artist
Cameron Stevning .... computer graphics producer
Kat Szuminska .... senior compositor
Suan Ching Tan .... modeler and texture artist
Masahiko Tani .... digital matte painter
David Tanner .... lead visual effects artist
Don Taylor .... lighter
Chikako Terashita .... systems administrator
Joanne Thiel .... lead visual effects artist
Semin Tho .... CG artist
Linda Tremblay .... digital compositor
Kazumasa Uchio .... digital matte painter
Paul Van Camp .... digital artist
Garcia Veronique .... character artist
Carlos A. Vidal .... digital artist: Square
Taku Wakisaka .... motion capture engineer
Christopher Walsh .... lead character animator
Kelly Walsh .... rendering technical director: Square USA (as Kelly Cowles)
Eric Weiss .... senior character animator
Michael Withem .... CG artist
Yukiko Yamanaka .... system administrator
Teru Yoshida .... sequence supervisor (as Teru 'Yosh' Yoshida)
Masahito Yoshioka .... creature effects
Yasuharu Yoshizawa .... lead compositor
Laurent Ben-Mimoun .... digital matte painter (uncredited)
Carlos Cabral .... character technical director (uncredited)
Pedram Goshtasbpour .... pre-production animator (uncredited)
Rick O'Connor .... pre-viz animatics (uncredited)
Steve J. Sanchez .... digital compositor (uncredited)
David Seager .... sequence supervisor: Square USA (uncredited)
Randy Vellacott .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Colin C.L. Fong .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Bjorke .... lighting supervisor
Animation Department
Andrew R. Jones .... animation director
Alice V. Kaiserian .... lead animator
Yoshinori Kanada .... layout artist
Yoshihiro Kitano .... layout artist
Ben Rush .... lead character animator: "Gray Edwards"
Roy Sato .... senior animator
Richard Trus .... pipeline development
Cindy H. Yamauchi .... animator (as Hideko Yamauchi)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... ADR voice casting
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter (as Gary Burrit)
Michael Hatzer .... color timer (as Mike Hatzer)
Heather Elisa Hill .... editorial department manager
Patrick Day Kennedy .... assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
William M. Steinberg .... first assistant editor
Scott Anderson .... editor (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy .... digital cinema producer (uncredited)
Music Department
Dirk Brossé .... conductor
Dirk Brossé .... orchestrator
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Matthias Gohl .... music producer
Elliot Goldenthal .... music producer
Elliot Goldenthal .... orchestrator
Joel Iwataki .... music recording engineer
Joel Iwataki .... music score mixer
Joel Iwataki .... score recordist
Lawrence Manchester .... assistant score engineer
Lawrence Manchester .... music recording engineer
Richard Martinez .... electronic music producer
Richard Martinez .... score programmer
Stephen McLaughlin .... music producer
Curtis Roush .... supervising music editor
Dick Rudolph .... music supervisor (as Richard Rudolph)
Elliot Goldenthal .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Motohisa Adachi .... senior programmer
Gerard Banel .... senior programmer
Troy Boren .... marketing department
Jay Carina .... sequence technical director
Li-Han Chen .... senior programmer
Francesco Chiarini .... pre-production
Per Christensen .... senior programmer
Jack Fletcher .... voice director
Megan Fouts .... client services
Andy Hsu .... marketing department
Maya Zibung Jones .... production assistant
Toshi Kato .... senior programmer
Shiro Kawai .... senior programmer
Nicholas Lam .... production assistant
Mike Lane .... client services
Jack Liao .... senior programmer
Catherine Mitsunaga .... rendering technical associate
Eva Napolean .... client services
Gordon Ng .... client services
Mari Nishikawa .... marketing department
Hitoshi Nishimura .... senior programmer
Patricia Pawlak .... cloth simulation artist
Cheryl Rye .... cloth simulation artist
Eric Salituro .... technical director
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Jack Liao .... in memory of
Aya Sakaguchi .... special thanks
Eiko Sakaguchi .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Austria:12 | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:All | Spain:7 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #37629)

Did You Know?

Matt McKenzie, who voices the Major, is the only actor in the film to have also starred in a Final Fantasy game as he would later voice Auron in Final Fantasy X (2001) (VG) and its sequel Final Fantasy X-2 (2003) (VG).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
General Hein:I'll blast you all to hell.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spirit Dreams InsideSee more »


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19 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
An OK sci-fi despite not being able to really deliver the potentially complex plot it could have had but it looks good and is passable entertainment for sci-fi fans, 6 June 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

It is the year 2065 and Earth has been invaded by a race of phantom-like aliens that kill with a single touch. Under the tutelage of Dr Sid, young Dr Aki Ross is searching for spirits that can combine to counteract the life force of the aliens – a situation made even more urgent by the fact that she is infected by the aliens herself and experiencing strange dreams as a result. Ross joins the elite military unit Deep Eyes to finish her quest, but General Hein is determined to convince the ruling council that the best solution is the use of a weapon that will destroy the aliens despite Sid's protests that it could destroy the Earth in the process.

This film got a lot of publicity about the fact that it was billed as the film that would trigger a whole new type of movie – those with no human stars (well, apart from their voices). Sadly this seemed to be all the discussion about the film amounted to and I think it put people off that nobody talked about the plot or whether it was any good or not – I know it put me off from bothering to go and see it. Another thing that put me off was that most people just assumed it was a kid's film because it was animated and was quickly dumped in matinee slots – even when I saw it on TV it was in the slot on Sunday afternoon used for mostly kiddie fare. Anyway, let me just say that I have no knowledge of the games, never played the games and will likely never play the games but I had no problem picking up the rough story (even though I'm sure the wider FF universe has so much more story in it that this film does). I would have quite liked a greater understanding of the story, the characters and the aliens but it did enough to support the film's plot as was.

As a sci-fi film it works reasonably well but is not as intelligent as it clearly needed to be to support the story – if it had only aspired to be a good guys/bad guys story then fine but it wanted more and it isn't well enough developed to do it. I still enjoyed it to a certain degree but it is evident from the film that the script writing and plotting took a backseat to the development of the computer graphics. Of course these look great for the most part and the film has delivered a visually impressive series of spaceships, desolate cityscapes and blobby aliens. The only things that don't work (ironically enough considering the film's boasts) are the human characters. CGI has yet to manage to make characters that look and move as naturally as humans – we have seen it in Matrix Reloaded, Blade 2 and also here. Admittedly it matters less here because we can get used to the characters looking like effects (unlike, say, Matrix 2 where we are not meant to notice the difference between real and effect). Suffice to say though, that this is an animated movie rather than the movie that triggers the onslaught of computer generated characters in films.

The voice cast are pretty good and they do well to add a bit of a human touch to characters that, for all the money spent on them, still look and movie like computer game characters in an expensive cut-scene between levels. Ming-Na hardly has that distinctive a voice and she is rather bland at times but she does OK. Baldwin is a strong voice and suits his character well. Sutherland is always welcome despite his small role and typical roles are filled by the likes of Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Keith David and a typically untrustworthy performance from James Woods.

Overall this is an OK sci-fi film but not any more than that. The plot is OK but it isn't as good as it thinks it is and certainly isn't good enough to support the slightly complex themes/ideas that it wants to deliver. It is good for older children and teenagers (who will happily ignore the plot details) but outside of that sci-fi fans may find it a bit lacking in bite and generally to be more about the graphics than anything else.

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