The time is 30 years after a successful Independence Day style alien invasion.
Independence Day didn't feature alien ghosts whose planetary fragment crash-landed on earth. It wasn't an actual invasion, as pointed out in the movie, the ghosts were confused, frightened, and had no idea where they were. I know this because I watched the movie.
The characters fail miserably, though. While still shots of the characters are photorealistic, the virtual actors have a flat affect that no voice talent can overcome. No one knows what ogres, animate toys, or dragons look like,(Shrek, Toy Stories, Dragonheart) but most moviegoers have seen passable acting. These characters are the computer version of Kenau Reeves.
There was a little of this, but I certainly wouldn't call it a miserable failure. I wonder if you actually saw the movie? At several times in the movie, I was surprised at how realistic it all was. I could see some stiffness in some of the characters, but this usually occurred when they were in space. It wasn't particularly jarring, and wasn't a failure. Actually, I think some of it was done on purpose, as if the creators of the movie were trying to get your jaw to drop a little further. It works, because even at its ugliest, this movie is just beautiful.
When the romantic leads kiss in the film, the audience giggled nervously. The stiff plastic look went over just fine though, when our squad of stormtroopers are waxing heroic a la Aliens.
I didn't hear anything unusual in the theater when the leads kissed, but that was a point where it didn't quite look real. But again, it wasn't particularly striking, it was more subtle.
There were some interesting themes in the film. Much of the plot (such as it is) has to do with "bio-etheric energy", presumably the stuff we might be seeing with Kerlian photography if that were being done anymore. While there is rubber science aplenty, it holds together pretty well for the first half of the film. (If this movie were a comedy, it would have been Evolution)
I got a chuckle out of your rubber science comment, and I'd just like to point out that the title of the movie is Final Fantasy. Fantasy. Thanks.
The technology of dream recording was first shown in Wim Wender's Until the End of the world. I liked this film's version better, and wish they'd done more with it.
It was nice, but why do more with it? It wouldn't advance the storyline by any considerable degree. The dreams were important; the fact that she could record them wasn't.
The idea of quarantine was given an interesting treatment, though that too went south after the first half. I wanted to know more about how humans suddenly became savvy to the hidden world when the human race's survival depended on it.
One of the alien ghosts is quarantined inside of the main character by the spirits of the earth. I'm not sure how it 'went south,' maybe you could describe what you mean better. The movie only touches on this once or twice, but humans, or one human, had already discovered much of the things important to the movie (I forget his name, Donald Sutherland does the voice), such as the 'bio-etheric energy' and 'Gaia' and the wave patterns of living creatures and such when the haunted fragment landed. It isn't a hidden world, I'm not sure what you mean by that.
I've heard it said that a good artist borrows from other works, while a great artist steals wholesale. The makers of this film simply graft on parts of Poltergeist, Star Wars, The Andromeda Strain, Independence Day, Aliens and Starship Troopers in a way that lets you see the stitches.
I have no idea what you're talking about here. Poltergeist? Why? Because it has ghosts in it? ID4? Pay closer attention next time, it's nothing like it. Starship Troopers? Why? Because it also features troopers shooting at aliens(I guess)? Star Wars? Huh? Because Episode 1 also featured a CGI character? I've never seen Aliens, but from your track record above, I'm betting you haven't seen it either.
My biggest gripe is that the villain did not advance the plot one bit. He was there for us to hate, and to make life difficult for our heroes. But he does nothing to bring the plot along. If they had cut his part, they could have trimmed the running time by half an hour, and that would have felt just fine.
He was a little bit overdone. He was cast as an evil villain in what was apparently an ambiguous villain role. He wasn't evil, just wrong. He was necessary, though, because the alien ghosts couldn't possibly have handled the role as antagonists. Not to joke, but they just weren't solid enough. They were more like forces of nature.
It annoyed me that the rules of this world seemed to change moment to moment. One minute we see the bad guy floating through a hatchway, soon after, a big sphere falls on him, fer chrissakes!
I don't remember that. From the outside shots of the Zeus cannon, you couldn't really tell where he was. The shots of him were from inside of the station, and the outside shots were of it blowing up.
I did, however LOVE the way the aliens ate their human prey. I've often visualized the hidden world as a tropical rain forest, with big things that would eat you given the chance. Seeing a dream depicted on screen can feel great, even if it's one's nightmares.
Ok, I think this is what you misunderstood. Her dreams weren't of a 'hidden world.' They were of the alien's home planet before they destroyed it by what appeared to be a really big bomb. A fragment of the planet landed on earth, with their ghosts attached to it. This is where it gets fuzzy to me, though. I'm not sure that the ghosts were preying upon the humans, per se, although the scene where they're hunting the seventh spirit outside of Tucson would seem to indicate they do eat human spirits.
Anything I haven't mentioned, I believe should have been left on the cutting room floor. 8 distinct spirits? Why 8? Who cares? Did the death star beam do anything to affect the interface between Earth's Gaia and the alien Gaia? Why did our professor feel warm at the end? I suppose I'll just have to play the #@%$&* video game.
Why not 8? There have to be more than zero to make the movie, and more than one to make it interesting. Also, it may not be related, but there were 8 elements in Final Fantasy 7, which this movie reminds me of a lot. I think the list went fire, earth, air, water, holy, death, poison, and cold. I may be wrong. I don't think the warmth that the professor felt at the end was significant since he said it as some of the 'upward rain' of Gaia goo, or whatever passed through him.
Sorry that was so long, but I wanted to try to clear some things up. This review wasn't very good. Personally, I really liked the movie, and plan on seeing it again, soon. See it, you won't be disappointed.