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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is the first movie with the Final Fantasy name and was released in 2001. This science-fiction movie is 1 hour and 42 minutes long and consists of only computer generated graphics. The story, taking place on a future Earth, revolves around Aki Ross, a scientist determined to remove the threat to humankind known as Phantoms.



Square USA, where Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy franchise, was president, had the team known as Square Pictures create this title. It used a budget of $137 million dollars, but only managed to gain $85 million dollars worldwide. This delayed the merger between Square Co., Ltd. and Enix.

Plot:: (PLEASE NOTE MAJOR SPOILERS)

The year is 2065 AD. The Earth is infested with alien spirits, and mankind faces total extinction. The story starts with Aki Ross onboard her ship, the Black Boa waking up from a dream about the Phantoms. After she records her dream, she lands in Old New York City, on a mission to find the 6th spirit. She continues looking until she runs into some Phantoms, and it appears that she is about to be killed until a squad known as Deep Eyes, led by an old acquaintance of hers, Captain Gray Edwards, arrives to save her life. Despite the captain indicating to her that she is under arrest, Aki runs and eventually finds the 6th spirit, which is a plant. Back at New York, Aki talks to her mentor, Dr. Sid; she thus confirms that the plant she found is indeed the 6th spirit. Sid shows Aki a diary he wrote when he was her age, and after she has read it, he burns it, stating that their ideas are unpopular among men. Later, after waking up from another Phantom dream, Aki is drawn into a debate on whether to use the Zeus Cannon, a weapon that was designed to destroy the Phantoms. Sid argues against the use of the cannon, saying that the cannon would destroy "Gaia, the spirit of the planet". General Hein, leader of the armed forces, mocks this concept and asks for proof. Aki then shows him proof by revealing that she has been infected by the Phantoms, yet still remains alive.



Paranoid that Aki might be a spy for the Phantoms, the General orders Gray and Deep Eyes to guard Doctor Ross and report any suspicious behavior. If she acts in any way abnormal, she is to be arrested.

Dr. Ross, accompanied by the rest of the squad, then leaves the barrier city for the Tucson Wasteland, where she hopes to find the 7th spirit. After dropping energy buoys to distract the Phantoms, they descend and attempt to locate and retrieve the spirit. After a while, they find it - it is contained in the living tissues inside the back pack of a dead soldier; the organic matter within the pack had kept the spirit intact. After retrieving it, they discover that they are surrounded by Phantoms, who, apparently, have been attracted to the one located inside Dr. Ross. The squad is picked up, but the General's soldiers try to apprehend Dr. Ross. One is killed by a Phantom, and the team narrowly escapes.

General Hein, meanwhile, is 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 government 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. Aki and only a handful of her crew survive the resulting attack. Subsequently, Hein is floating in space, about to commit suicide, when a transmission comes in, saying that following the disaster, he is now authorized to use the Zeus cannon.

Aki and Dr Sid devise a plan to destroy the Phantoms at their heart, the Phantom crater. The plan involves Aki and Gray being lowered into the crater inside a bio-etheric shield vehicle, and finding and removing the 8th spirit, which is a Phantom. The pair have just located the Phantom when suddenly a beam from the Zeus station crashes into the crater, killing the Phantoms on the surface, including the 8th spirit. The beam leaves the vehicle shieldless and exposed to the Phantoms, which now 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 energy 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 the Zeus cannon, destroying it and 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.


Like the Final Fantasy VII SOLDIER and the Final Fantasy VIII SeeD, the movie features an elite military force, the Deep Eyes.

Connections to the Final Fantasy series ::

The movie was generally unpopular within the Final Fantasy community due to the very little content it featured which related to the series. However:

* Fans have drawn parallels between the concept of Gaia and the Lifestream, and how ultimately it took the combined forces of the Spirits and the Planet itself to overcome the Phantoms.
* Dr. Sid is this movie's incarnation of the Cid character in the series.
* The Chocobo shows up as cameos in two scenes:
- Appeared in one of Aki's document folders,
- Appeared as a keychain on a briefcase during the Phantom attack on New York Barrier City.
* The alien Phantoms have at least design similarities to certain creatures in the series:
- The soldiers had small resemblance to the Elvoret particularly their snouts.
- There are Phantoms who resemble the summon Leviathan.
* The setting of the story is Earth. Games like Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VII takes place on an Earth-like planet, complete with its solar system.
* The Phantoms crashed on Earth via a meteor. In Final Fantasy VII, Jenova also came on a meteor, while the events of the game involve Sephiroth summoning another one.
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I remember waiting for this for with so much hope...then it turned out not that great. XD I love the fact that Square sold some of it's characters for the film The Animatrix. To get more revenue! lol Nice move!
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songofdestiny wrote:

I remember waiting for this for with so much hope...then it turned out not that great. XD I love the fact that Square sold some of it's characters for the film The Animatrix. To get more revenue! lol Nice move!


The Animatrix rocked.
This FF wasnt THAT bad, i mean, the CGI was pretty good, if it wasnt connected to FF then it would have been pretty popular!
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Posted 9/18/08 , edited 9/18/08

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if it wasnt connected to FF then it would have been pretty popular!


i agree, the GCI was perfect but it didnt resemble any ff >_<

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