Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within | Chicago Reader

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Based on the digital game created by director Hironobu Sakaguchi, this photorealistically animated postapocalyptic scenario builds on a theory shared by two of its remaining humans—Dr. Aki Ross and her mentor. They believe that all life-forms are characterized by signature spiritual waves, and they're determined to persuade an impatient general that an invasion by alien phantoms can be repelled peacefully if Dr. Ross can quickly isolate all eight spiritual wave forms; one belongs to a plant—a rare find in the barren, crumbling New York City so popular in science fiction. 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 escaping death time and again is strictly for player one. Written by Al Reinert and Jeff Vintar; with the voices of Ming-na, Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Ving Rhames, Peri Gilpin, and Steve Buscemi. 105 min.

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