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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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Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara (co-director)

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Hironobu Sakaguchi (story), Al Reinert | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
John DeMita ... BCR Soldier #1 / Space Station Technician #2 / Additional Voices (voice)
Matt Adler ... Additional Voices (voice)
Steve Alterman Steve Alterman ... Additional Voices (voice)
David Arnott ... Additional Voices (voice)
Cathy Cavadini ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Catherine Cavadini)
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Storyline

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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Truth In Every Dream See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gaia: Final Fantasy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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:

$85,131,830
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DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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) and its sequel Final Fantasy X-2 (2003). See more »

Goofs

Deep in the Gaia crater, Gray tries to fend off Phantoms, and shoots a group of them to his right. After a brief cut where he stops shooting, he's pointing the gun to his left. 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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Alternate Versions

The Special Edition DVD contains a feature called The Gray Project, which is a video montage of various pieces of rough computer animation. Segments of it feature two women, one of whom resembling an extremely early rendition of Aki. Although no dialogue can be heard, she argues with a blonde girl that doesn't resemble any of the film's characters. It's unclear whether this scene was cut from the film at an early stage or if it was merely test animation footage. See more »

Connections

References Final Fantasy III (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Dream Within
Written by Elliot Goldenthal and Richard 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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A fine tribute to the wonderful cinematics of the Final Fantasy series, but should have just been another Sci-fi called "The Spirits Within".
25 June 2013 | by DabaensSee all my reviews

It's not very usual that a movie based on a game turns out to be a stunning movie. But Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, however, is just that. The incredibly realistic characters and beautifully rendered backdrops in this movie make it a fascinating work of CGI. Unfortunately, its story falls short of anything but a rather boring Sci-Fi plot, which I'm sure is what caused it to be such a failure in the box-office.

The Spirits Within follows a young scientist named Aki Ross, who shares a belief with her colleague Dr. Sid that with the collection of 7 spirits they can stop an invading alien race and save the earth. Being a fan of the video game series of the same name, I remember getting pretty excited for this movie when it first came out. After seeing it for the first time, I could not figure out why in the world they would call this movie "Final Fantasy". Aside from a few subtle references to characters and themes from the video game series, it does not contain enough blatant similarities to possess the Final Fantasy title, and I feel like this should have been a more important goal in directing this movie. It was a great choice to have done this movie in CGI rather than in live-action, as one of the most captivating things about the Final Fantasy series are its fantastic cinematic scenes. To have a whole movie based on the quality of an epic Final Fantasy cinematic really shows the hard work that goes into creating all of these scenes. Every model in the movie displays a high level of detail from the main characters to the ships that they fly in. The freckles on Ross's face allow for intense close-ups. The subtle movements of their facial structures make them more interesting to look at. It's an art form that was very well presented in this film. In fact, this was the first full CGI film to feature fully realistic characters, modeled to look like real actors. The fact that it is a computer generated movie allows more freedom to conduct scenes and also set camera angles in places that would be impossible to get if it were shot in real life.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within portrays a mastery of computer generated imagery for its time. It's a fine tribute to the wonderful cinematics of the Final Fantasy series. But it doesn't possess a very original plot line, which doesn't even portray enough references to be called Final Fantasy, and should have just been another Sci-fi called "The Spirits Within".


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