Sunday, August 4, 2013

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

Directors: Hironobu Sakaguchi & Motonori Sakakibara

Starring: Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Peri Gilpin, Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Keith David, Jean Simmons, Matt McKenzie, Matt Adler, Steve Alterman

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Unleash a new reality

Plot: 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.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

My opinion hasn't changed from when I saw this in the theater.  It's still a very good sci-fi flick and the CGI still looks impressive as hell.  The voice work is well done, it's a nice cast and it's always a plus when you have Steve Buscemi.  Very good Elliot Goldenthal score, too.  The story is interesting with some good action and despite its long running time (for an animated film of this type) it doesn't feel like it overstays it's welcome.

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