Las Vegas Film Society

Final Fantasy: Spirits Within

Language, sci-fi action violence
Directed by: Hironobu Sakaguchi
Written by: Al Reinert, Hironobu Sakaguchi
Voices: Alec Baldwin, Ming-Na, Steve Buscemi
Ving Rhames, James Woods, Donald Sutherland

Hollywood seems to have a hard time trying to translate video games into live action movies. Some have been decent translations like Mortal Kombat. Then there are some that are just down right tragic like Super Mario Brothers. Final Fantasy falls somewhere in between.

Final Fantasy is loosely based on the popular series of Playstation games. The year is 2065 and a female scientist; Aki and a band of soldiers race to find all the spirits to save Aki and Earth from a race of phantom like creatures that are taking all the humans souls.

This film has incredible animation/CGI work, and goes into great realism and detail of the characters and everything around them. I was really shocked to see how real these characters were and the expressions and facial features that came with them.

The story is kind of hard to follow at times, and may seem a little lame as it progresses, but the visuals alone make up for any inconsistencies.

The musical score is great, as it helps tell and move the movie along. I especially liked the first piece of music during the end credits. I felt like I was sitting in front of a video game I just solved.

Final Thoughts- In the end, I thought the movie was really impressive in animation, but wasn't too impressed how it all turned out. But, I still recommend this for the lovers of sci-fi/animation movies!

-John Steffens

Another proud member of the Emperor family.