The video game franchise of Final Fantasy is well known for taking place in epic fantasy realms, like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but Final Fantasy – The Spirits Within isn’t like that at all. It’s more of a sci-fi story that takes place in the year 2065. A space fleet encounters phantoms that have destroyed most of Earth’s life forms and fatally infect anyone who touches them. As it turns out, Dr. Aki Ross (voice of Ming Na) is already an infected victim who is dying and the cure is to find a total of eight life forms that are left on Earth, despite what anyone else thinks.
So far, Aki has already found six. The first was Aki herself. The others were a fish, a deer, a bird, a plant, and a dying girl. Next, with the help of the space fleet led by Captain Gray Edwards (voice of Alec Baldwin), she finds the seventh spirit in the Tucson Wasteland, which is a dead soldier’s energy filled backpack. Unfortunately, it becomes a rough escape from those giant phantoms before getting back to base.
The video game versions of Final Fantasy are also known for their battle scenes being shown by the numbers showing how much damage is being dished out. In a way, I’m a little surprised it’s not like that in this film.
I can also see a Captain Power comparison here. Cities are run down and the phantoms glow all over, much like the targets you would shoot with the XT-7 jet. Of course, that’s nothing compared to the Zeus cannon. Sheesh, you’d think one blast would be enough.
The eighth and final spirit is a phantom spirit, which is very tricky to get because it’s in an impact crater with a whole bunch of other phantoms. Chances of anyone surviving there are slim, but Aki must take the risk because she has nothing to lose.
This is good CGI animated movie. However, because it’s nothing like the video game versions I have seen, I find it a little disappointing.