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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2001
hi, i have not had the oppurtunity to review this dvd.but i would love to
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2002
It's a shame that for a movie this well animated, the characters couldn't have been a little less...well, laughable.
The plot was all right at the beginning, but at the end, it seemed the animators needed a quick flashy way to end off the film. Rather disappointing. And the characters! Oh the characters!!! Aki was annoying, her boyfriend a little too noble to be real...the only good character was the doctor. Some of the scenes were just plain CHEESY! The one love scene with Aki and her boyfriend made me laugh out loud in the theatre. Why oh why do they have to be so melodramatic? Also, I had this constant nagging consciousness that something was wrong with all of the characters' teeth.
The makers of this film just didn't seem to understand that...characters and story are important too! Yes, the animation was spectacular, but the characters just fell flat. You didn't care about them at all.
The soundtrack also left something to be desired. Instead of the moving, rather nostalgic music I was used to in the Final Fantasy games, the music in this movie was severely lacking in emotion and momentum.
See this movie if you want to be wowed with the animation, which is well done. But if you're looking for a real animated MOVIE, rent Shrek.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2001
The year is 2065 and Earth is a battle ground between Humans and Phantom invaders. Dr. Aki Ross is a scientist on the verge of discovering the secrets of these "spirits" and restore the Earth back to the hands of humanity, through channeling 8 spirits to provide balance to Earth Gaia. However, General Hein, who backs the military wing of humanity, wants to use a space weapon called the "Zeus" gun to destroy the core of this alien infestation, a meteor crater home to the rock in which the spirits landed on. Aki feels that doing what the General is willing to do will destroy the Earth and Hein thinks her idea is plain lunacy and will never work. Meanwhile, Dr. Aki is having these dreams that are building together pieces that will eventually solve the mystery of these spirit invaders, but time is soon running out.
Pros: The animation is something that is simply incredible. Everything from the body movements to the facial expressions make it look like you are watching real people. It makes it even more natural to have computer generated characters because they seem to fit better in CGI worlds than humans do.
Dr. Aki Ross is a sympathetic character and you eventually begin to feel empathy for her character. However, she is not given any 3D depth and often is pushed to the side to showcase the technical aspects of this movie.
James Woods, who plays General Hein and Donald Sutherland as Aki mentor Dr. Sid are excellent. Woods, who always seems to play hard headed sinister character was perfectly cast as was Sutherland, whose voice would often remind me of a professor that I once had.
Cons: The plot is horrible. There are these 8 spirits, but what are these spirits? What are the differences between spirit one and spirit eight? What is the silly notion of Gaia? Such things are not adequately explained in the movie, causing confusion. I guess they are explained in the Final Fantasy games?
The ending was also roughly 15 minutes too long. It tended to drag on and on, without adding anything to the movie. It was a downer and lowered the overall enjoyment of the movie.
The Cheesiness of the movie also caused rolling eyes. While there is no emotions, there is this "oh I love you stuff", straight out of 1950's harlequin romance novels. This caused a great deal of chuckling from the audience.
There is no emotional bond with the characters. They are there, they interact, they crack some jokes, shoot some guns and some of them die. You get as much emotionally involved as an episode of Pokemon.
Overall, while blown away by the SFX, I cannot recommend this movie, because it is not film. I'm sure the cinematic experience will not be the same as if it were seen on DVD, so I recommend a matinee....Rating: C
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2002
Who cares?
interesting technological advancement but WHY?
The end is no big surprise.
neither is the middle or the beginning for that matter.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2001
they should have kept it a "space special forces fights aliens theme" not a "space soldiers fight alien ghosts". And how did those guns with the regular bullets with shell casings and all effect ghosts? Plus you'd think that far in the future we would have more advanced weaponry. They were carrying knives for god sake, lets cut the ghosts throat i guess!! I was let down a little.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2001
Yes, it's amazing that this movie is completely computer generated. It's an unimaginable task to construct and animate a movie of this detail, and kudos to the army of animators and artists who created it.
But the plot is awful - there is little in the way of suspense, emotion, or intrigue, and the ending was very disappointing. The CG characters and acting are wooden, and due to some shortcomings in animation, especially with their eyes, they never come across as anything other than puppets (the more cartoonish "Toy Story" characters did a better job of appearing life-like).
The story is very mystical in nature, and since it obeys no rules and its "revelations" make no sense, you can't invest in it or be rewarded by it.
Bottom-line: If you're a CG fan and must see it, rent it. If you're after an enjoyable movie with a decent story, skip it.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2002
Jesus all mighty. If you havent watched this film in the theater yet, steer clear of it in VHS and DVD. I almost fell alseep watching this! I was highly awaiting for this one to hit the theaters, and i was dissapointed in the highest form. The movie was so bad that it FAILED in the box office misserably, even tho it carried the "final fantasy" name. The storyline was bad, the ending was bad, and the action was low. If you have problems sleeping at night, i suggest you buy this and play it before you go to bed...youll be snoreing in no time. Other then that the only other thing you could do with this movie is throw it in a paper bag, light it on fire, throw on your neighboors door step and run. Cause its sure to leave one hell of a stench!
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2001
How disapointed I was with this film. It was suposed to be revolutionary and awe inspiring. Instead it fell flat and stale. Like a soda that has gone off and left an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
This is a very beautiful movie. The art, the scenes, the pictures, everything flows so wonderfully. But you can not have a movie on pictures alone. You need plot, character developement, and a good story. This movie fails on all three acounts. The characters are wooden and the females in the film are just thier as window dressing so that young teenage boys will phantasies about them. The plot is booring and clitche. Earth will be destroyed etc. . . And the story is extremely preachy and offensive. The promote the Gia earth theory to the extreme and are constantly craming down your throat a mix of easter / western mystsism that just makes you want to scream.
The movie could have been great . . . But you need a writer, producer, and director to make a movie. Not a code writer and a computer junkie.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2001
This was almost a real movie, just like the characters in the film-almost real. Muddled with hype, and over-glorifying of the bestselling Sony Playstation video games, this film falls far from the mark of making a good impression. Starting with a fairly interesting beginning, the film slowly but surely begins to teeter off into literally nothing as it goes on. Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, and other greats make not so worthwhile voice over appearences, the characters strike the viewer as mostly incincere beings with no real emotions. For instance a scene in which the ship seems to be blowing up from the inside out, Sutherland's character, the doctor, calls out " No Aki, don't go, its too dangerous." Whereupon, he does absolutely nothing to stop her from going to the rear of the ship. So, in retrospect, the movie offers little that would differ from actually watching a video game being played before your eyes, with characters that have as much underdeveloped and boring script as appears in most video games. One plus, the movie does have excellent computer graphics, and the characters appear quite life-like in appearence, but does not make up for their overbearlingly boring drawl that seems to spill out of their mouth in every scene.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2001
What a disapointment. I've experienced a few of the newer Final Fantasy games. Their story line didn't seem to be as lacking. The movie has a lot of big names doing the voices and the graphics are incredible, but that doesn't make up for a predictable ending and a horrible attempt at dramatic scenes. If you want to see a great flop, here it is.
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