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- Hironobu Sakaguchi
- Moto Sakakibara
- Motonori Sakakibara
- Jun Aida
- Akio Sakai
- Hironobu Sakaguchi
- Al Reinert
- Jeff Vintar
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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
The first feature-length motion picture to use computer-generated imagery to create not only effects, props, and environments but also the human cast members themselves, this lavish science-fiction adventure follows closely on the heels of another video game-based film, Tomb Raider (2001). Ming-Na provides the voice of Dr. Aki Ross, a female scientist in the year 2065, a time when Earth has been overrun by extraterrestrial phantoms borne of a crashed meteor. Humans have been pushed back to cities protected by barriers that keep the marauding space monsters away, but time is running out. Fatally infected by one of the ghostly beasts, Ross seeks information about their purpose and physiology, assisted by her mentor Dr. Sid (voice of Donald Sutherland) and the Deep Eyes military squad of courageous Captain Gray Edwards (voice of Alec Baldwin). Tension develops between Aki's quest to stop the alien onslaught through study and the more extreme solution favored by the vengeful, saber-rattling General Hein (voice of James Woods), who would destroy both the aliens and the Earth itself. Aki ultimately comes to realize that the key to unlocking the mystery of the invaders lies within her own dreams.
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Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
I never stopped marveling at the thousands of individually delineated pores and hair strands of the heroine, but the thin story covering her acquisition of one wave after another while narrowly...– Full review
Todd McCarthy, Variety
This bigscreen adaptation of the long-popular interactive computer game is visually impressive if not dramatically cool, and is marked by "acting" that is no worse than that found in the majority...– Full review
Trevor Johnston, Time Out
The human figure, however, remains a challenge to current CGI technology, since the detailing of hair and freckles, for instance, proves rather more credible than the marionette-like impression...– Full review
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
The story is adequate, if familiar, but after half an hour relapses into cliche.– Full review
Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
Some strong action sequences, a consistent treat for the eyeballs and an early glimpse of the future of animation.– Full review
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