Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
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Alternative Title(s):
Developer(s): Square Pictures
Publisher(s): Columbia Pictures
Series: Final Fantasy
Native Resolution:
Platform: DVD
Release Date(s): *[JP] - September 15, 2001
*[NA] - July 11, 2001
*[UK] - August 10, 2001
Genre(s): CGI Film
Rating(s): MPAA: PG-13

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is a computer animated science fiction fantasy by the creator of the Final Fantasy series. In the year 2065 the remaining humans struggle to contain a Phantom contamination which infects the souls of human beings as well as the Gaia parallel which, in the story is a planet parallel to that of earth containing afterlife souls.

The movie featured stunning visuals including some of the most detailed human facial CGI ever, complete with skin imperfections of superb realism.


[edit] Plot

In the distant future an asteriod colided with Earth. The asteriod brought with it strange, ghost-like alien beings called Phantoms, ranging from vaguely humaniod to monsterously huge. This Phantoms concered much of the Earth, as weaponary is ineffective against them and contact with a living being cause the being's soul to be removed, killing them. Worse pieces of Phantoms can infect humans from the inside like germs.

Aki Ross and Doctor Sid begin searching for the eight life forms who possess spirts capable of defeating the Phantoms, though the details are not explained in full. The are also experimenting in ways to trap Phantom infection in humans, with Aki successful traping a Phantom inside her. The Phantom has begun giving Aki strange dreams of war. Searching for the Sixth Spirt in the ruins of Old New York, Aki is cornered by Phantoms. She is saved by the Blue Eyes squad who help her find the Spirt: a small weed. As she is brought to New New York, the captain of the squad is revealed to be Aki's ex Captain Gray Edwards.

When they return, Aki and Sid appear before the Council to discuss their findings and to object to Gerernal Hein's plan to destroy the astoriod crash site with the Zues satilite cannnon, destroying a great number of Phantoms. Sid, a believer of the Gaia Theory which has gained strength due to the Phantoms proving all beings have souls, believes the cannon may injure the Earth itself and the Earth's spirt. Klein remains skeptical of the Gaia and demands action, but the Council refuses.

Hein, convinced the Phantom infection is controling Aki, has two men loyal to him placed with her as she and Blue Eyes squad travel to find the Seventh Spirt, which they find in a battlefield. The Spirt is found to be a micro-organism in one of the corpse's energy pack, but the group are attacked by Phantoms. As they escape Hein's men, believing Aki's Phantom attraced them, order her arested. As one is killed by a Phantom, Gray munities and kills the other, with Aki's chestplate being accedently damaged, while Aki becomes lost in another Phantom dream.

Convinced of the treachery of both doctors, Klein and his men gain access to Dr. Ross' dream recorder, and viewing the playback- see the images of the aliens. He then uses those images as a pretense to arrest not only Dr. Ross, but also the Deep Eyes squad, when made aware of the fact that they haven't arrested the doctor yet. After returning to the city, the Deep Eyes squad take Dr. Ross to Dr. Sid, who begins performing a procedure to repair her chestplate. Gray volunteers to join in Aki's dream to keep her alive. Inside her dream, Gray and Aki witness the complete dream, which makes clear the Phantoms past. The humanoid Phantoms fought a great war with each other that resulted in the destruction of their entire planet. The asteroid was a piece of their planet which the aliens traveled on, landing on Earth by accident. Not surviving the journey, the alien's ghosts awoke to rage and confusion, mistaking humans for invading interlopers. As Aki wakes, soldiers barge into the operating room and arrest everyone inside under the orders of the general.

General Hein is now desperate to gain clearance to fire the Zeus Cannon. He tells the operators of New York's barrier to lower the shields in a section of the city. Hein's plan is to sacrifice a small part of the population in order to convince the Council that the Phantoms can breach the shields, allowing him to take necessary steps. His plan backfires, as the Phantoms are able to use plasma conduits to travel through the rest of the city (under the assumption that Phantoms are living creatures, Hein believes it impossible for them to do this). Aki and the others are in a detention facility, with her explaining what happened to the aliens. The aliens were fighting a massive battle with one another, when one side detonated a weapon that destroyed their world. As their planet fractured, a large portion of it was thrown into space. When it crashed on Earth, the aliens didn't realize they were already dead (revealing that the Phantoms are ghosts), and have been attacking the cities and humans out of anger and confusion. Gray and the Deep Eye's don't really believe this, but they can't explain it any other way. Since Gray himself saw what happened through Aki's dreams, he's inclined to believe it- even if it does sound far fetched. The dentention center loses power because of the aliens attack throughout the city. As they flee the city, every member of the Deep Eyes Squad dies, until only doctors Sid and Ross, plus Gray- are left to flee using Ross' ship, Black Boa. Subsequently, Hein fled to his own personal shuttle and was about to commit suicide when he decides instead to proceed to the Zeus station. There, he receives a transmission from the Council, giving him authorization to fire the cannon in an attempt to destroy the phantoms at their heart in the Phantom crater.

Aki and Dr. Sid devise a plan to locate the 8th spirit by lowering Aki and Gray into the crater inside a bio-etheric shield vehicle. The pair locate the 8th spirit, a phantom, when an energy beam from the Zeus station crashes into the crater, seemingly killing the Phantoms on the surface, including the 8th spirit. The beam leaves the vehicle shieldless and exposed to the Phantoms (which were only made stronger by the attack beam), which are now spreading to cover the crater in response to the attack. Gray leaves the vehicle to protect Aki from the Phantoms.

Meanwhile, Aki has her final vision in which a Phantom tells her that the spirit within her is in fact the new 8th spirit. When Aki wakes up, she calls Gray in to use his OVO pack battery to project the completed wave pattern of the eight spirits. As the projection begins, another Zeus beam penetrates the atmosphere, completely obliterating the bio-etheric shield vehicle, and triggering a massive reaction from the Phantom world's spirit, which resides in the crater. This attack, however, overloads and destroys the Zeus cannon, killing General Hein.

With the vehicle destroyed, Gray sacrifices his own life to distribute Aki's wave, using his body to transmit it directly to the Phantom world spirit. The Phantoms all turn into bright floating orbs which return to space, and the end scene is of Aki holding Gray's body and looking into the newly liberated world.

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[edit] Additional Information

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Director: Hironobu Sakaguchi
Writer: Al Reinert
MPAA rating: PG-13
Running Time: 106 mins
Language: English/Japanese

[edit] Box Office Performance

The Spirits Within was a box office failure. Although it was a CGI marvel, it received mixed reviews from critics and was not well received by movie goers. Considered one of the most expensive animated feature films of its time, the financial disaster of the film forced Squaresoft to merge with Enix.

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