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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.

Directors:

Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara (co-director)

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Hironobu Sakaguchi (story), Al Reinert | 3 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 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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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

For fun, the producers created a music video featuring the characters (led by Aki) performing the dance from Michael Jackson's Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983). 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 DVD comes complete with a series of six animated bloopers and goof-offs.
  • Grey shoots through the hangar window, and then knocks himself out as his attempt to jump through it fails.
  • The animators go a little too weird with the scene where Neil drives through the building with the others. After they crash, we can see that the animators have placed debris (pipes, tools, stop signs) through their heads, and yet they continue to act as if nothing has happened.
  • In the Wasteland, Grey stumbles and accidentally shoots Aki. After realizing she's not moving, he nonchalantly sets his gun aside and starts running.
  • Aki drives her spaceship into Grey during the shoot-out in the hangar.
  • During the conference, Aki enters the room and smacks Sid upside the head.
  • In the final scene where Aki is solemnly carrying a dead Grey out of the Crater, she happens to sneeze, which causes both her and the dead body to break out into laughter.
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Connections

Referenced in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (2017) 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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14 December 2012 | by yasenkiranovSee all my reviews

First of all,I would like to point out,that I haven't played any of the "Final Fantasy" games,so I don't know how much this movie follows them.On it's own however the movie is very well made and it's much,much better than a lot of other video game based films like "Street Fighter" or "Super Mario Brothers".

A lot of people complain that the characters are less-then-riveting.In my opinion,that is not the case.I mean,Captain Edwards' squad members were kinda flat,but the other characters were alright.Our protagonist- Aki was very well developed.At first glance General Hein seemed like a stereotypical bad guy,but we get an explanation as to why he is taking such radical measures.

Again,I don't know if the plot has anything to do with the video games,but it was,in opinion,very original and well thought-out.Some may think it's your cliché "aliens have taken over the world and the survivors must fight back with what little they have" plot,but that is not the case.The movie has both fantasy elements(the "spirits")and sci- fi elements(the technology).Sure,you have seen that in other movies,like the force in "Star Wars" and so on,but the idea they went with here is completely different.

"Final Fantasy:The Spirits Within" is most famous for it's animation-and I can see why.This is the first movie to actually use CGI to create genuine looking human beings.It's still good,even by today's standards.The visuals and music work together to create some very amazing and powerful scenes,especially in the ending.

"Final Fantasy:The Spirits Within" is a truly amazing movie.I strongly recommend it.


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