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Finally a finite look at the FINAL FANTASY flick

Father Geek here with a review of a preview screening of FINAL FANTASY, a film the Knowles' household has been looking forward to for quite some time, and I must admit this look keeps those hopes afloat...

Beware of possible spoilers below...

I'm usually not a big fan of excessive use of CGI.

I'm of the school of thought that computer generated images are just one of the many tools that can be used to create a great movie. When used right CGI not only adds to the movie by illustrating a part of the story, but is also an integral part of that story. Take, for instance, "Bullet Time" in the Matrix, or the morphing effect from T2, the CGI used not only added to the film, but was necessary for its execution. I also think that there's nothing wrong with enhancing your movies with computer effects, whether expanding a crowd, or creating a Cityscape that doesn't exist, that is what CGI is for, a tool to realize a vision. I draw the line, though, at films that use CGI just because they can, making the effects the point of the movie, like Twister, or either Mummy movies, or the horrendous Gungan battle sequence from EP1. It all ends up looking fake, and that draws you away from the story. Final Fantasy is not like that.

Now, it may not be the first all CGI movie, others like Toy Story 1 and 2, Shrek, the upcoming Monsters Inc., or The Mirror has Two Faces, have all pioneered the genre, but these were all wacky cartoony, outlandishly fictional characters, not to be taken seriously. A kids movie. With Final Fantasy we get an important first. The first all CGI project, that attempts to make a normal movie without human actors.

So what's it about? Well, thats where you run into the main problem. If you've ever played a game in the Final Fantasy series, then you already know how kind of pointless and in the way the story lines seem to be, but I think that is usually due to translation problems from the original Japanese. This movie, though, is not connected at all to the Video Game Series, missing the common threads you usually run into(read: No Chocobos). So even though its made in America, the only similarities beside some design influences similar to #8, is the meandering and kind of pointless storyline. The Female and Male character hook up, but not because of any passion, really, more due to the fact that they're in each others general area. Another similarity is the Eco-consciousness of the good guys, and the lack of environmental concern of the Bad ones. Thats how you tell them apart. And, like the Games, the storyline doesn't really make too much sense, but you don't really care, except that it gets in the way of the ass kicking.

The Story goes like this: the year is 2064 and 30 years prior a Meteorite crashes into the planet, unleashing a horde of Aliens. These beings, invisible to the naked eye, have slowly pushed humans back behind the energy barriers protecting a few scattered cities. Dr. Aki Ross is the extremely pointy elbowed scientist looking for the 8 spirits that when combined form an energy wave that cancels out the Aliens energy because they're the same, I guess. Or maybe it contains the energy or changes it. I'm not sure, but you get the feeling that its generally bad for the Aliens. Anyway she teams up with a squad of DeepEyes, a Colonial Space Marine type of soldier, led by former lover man and strangely Ben Affleck looking Capt. Grey, (voiced by... GASP!... Billy Baldwin! I mean, Alec Baldwin), in a race against time to use their much more Eco-conscious weapon of mass destruction on the Aliens before the Evil, Vinyl clad General (James Wood) can use his brand spanking new Orbital Laser (called a "Death Star") which may just destroy the Planet as well as the Invaders.

While there are tons of stars, like the aforementioned Billy Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, James Woods, and Donald Sutherland also lend their voices, but the dialogue is just too straight forward, unfunny, and sometimes painful, for them to pull off. Its not as bad as the voice acting in the first Resident Evil game, or say, an episode of Real World/Road Rules challenge, but its not that much better either. The Aliens show up a lot, right away, and in huge numbers. They move really fast against any characters marked for death, but merely meander about the main characters. After awhile, its just not that scary. And as any true blooded geek would, you find yourself asking questions like: "Why wear the armor at all, since its pretty much completely useless against the Aliens?" or "Wait, its over? What happened? Are they gone or changed or what? Did I fall asleep?" and even "Was that tentacle between her legs a La Blue Girl reference?" All this is too bad, because I don't think People will appreciate how truly incredible the animation is.

And believe me, the Animation is simply incredible. Visually amazing, this is a film that deserves to be seen on a big screen with a teeth rattling sound system. Its so good, that even the occasional bit of awkward animation, makes everything else out there look like the work of a Baboon with a crayon stuck in its ass. The Visuals will blow you away and the designs are incredible. The opening sequence in a shattered and deserted New York City is worth the price of admission alone. The Aliens look great, flowing and strangely luminescent orange creatures that suck out souls upon contact. Little things like Dr. Ross's arm computer and the gelatinous cushions the soldiers deploy to cushion their falls are too cool. So much work went into the close ups, the skin tone of the characters, their facial expressions, explosions, and general background bustle that you can't help but be impressed.

Now the first thing certain people will point out is that the characters didn't look real. Well thank you, Sir Isaac fucking Newton. Perhaps that is because the people aren't real, but the motion capture is so good, it's easy to see how close it is to becoming perfect. So yeah, her elbows could put someone's eyes out and sometimes sudden quick movements seem a bit jerky and awkward, but when viewed against the larger accomplishment of the movie as a whole, these things seem insignificant. Especially when imagining a time a few years from now, where a director will truly only be limited by their imagination. A time when a Summer movie involving huge, complex action sequences won't require us to sit through months of pre-hype everywhere we turn, just so they can compensate for their out of control budget. A time when an action flick won't mean having to watch Ben Affleck and Will Smith in a Cropduster, taking on Godzilla, so they can steal the cure to an Alien Disease from the Mother ship, in order to save a dying Julia Roberts in a wonderbra. (I'll apologize now, just in case that movie ever actually gets made.)

I'm not against human actors, of course, and the technology is nowhere near the point of replacing them, but its still fun to imagine a day where a film's vision will rule and not a Celebrities Salary.

Visually spectacular, if a little light on the story, this is one for the big screen. Go see it.

Its cool, trust me.


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  • June 29, 2001, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Have to respectfully disagree on the stories in the FF games...

    by JTylor

    Final Fantasy VI, VII, and XI (haven't played though VIII yet) have some quite involving stories (SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED), and if there's sometimes a problem with the games, it's that the ass-kicking (i.e., the dungeon-crawling and the battles) sometimes get in the way of the story. 'Cause, dammit, you want to figure out why Cloud is always called the failure, or see ViVi through his quest to understand his place in the world as a manufactured being (in a way much more effective than Spielberg's take on a similar issue, but that's another post). Sure, they take a long time to complete, but then, a good RPG shouldn't be shorter than 40 hours or so, unless you have no attention span whatsoever. And if you want a killer story, play Xenogears.

  • June 29, 2001, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by Leepais

    How I root for the day where all movies are made on computer and nothing is real no more... I'm kidding!!! Boycott this movie or your children will never see a movie set!!!

  • June 29, 2001, 10:24 p.m. CST

    yes interesting...

    by labman

    but when's the 1st a full legth cgi porn flick comming out?

  • June 29, 2001, 10:29 p.m. CST


    by WorstBlankEver

    Real movies won't ever get made again? Whatever. Toy Story already set that precedent. If you don't like CGI movies, don't see it. Someone somewhere will give people "real sets" if the market demands.

  • June 29, 2001, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Pointless and meandering storyline...

    by Jackass

    You mustn't have really played a FF game or you wouldn't have typed such an uninformed comment. FF stories are some of the most involved tales out there, whether it be games or books. They're neither pointless nor do they meander(perhaps you mistook this as a sidestory?).

  • June 29, 2001, 10:34 p.m. CST

    ..crayon in the ass...

    by carlos

    That I want to see.

  • June 29, 2001, 10:43 p.m. CST

    At least

    by MrCere

    At least I get to see a movie with an attempt at something new. This summer's line up has kicked my ass with sameness. I had to watch "Titanic Goes To Hawaii" then that Mummy thing and blah...too tiresome to even write. ANYWAY, it gives me something to look forward to.

  • June 29, 2001, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Final Fantasy

    by Twister04

    Oh come on guys. Final Fantasy plots are always great on a whole, but there are quirks. Weird dialougue, sketchy plots, scenes that are just odd. And there's always something or someone endangering the world...and some girl always needs rescuing. I understand what this guy wrote, it can make you want to scream sometimes (Do Cloud or Squall EVER Smile more than once?) I love Final Fantasy though, and I don't give a damn about the weird dialouge, I'll just pretend it was originally Japanese and had awkward translations. That and the temptation of all this eye candy is just too much to resist.

  • June 29, 2001, 10:50 p.m. CST

    i thought mirror has two faces was all animatronic.....

    by elmstreetkid

    at least, that's what Barbra's facial "expressions" led me to believe... anyone else out there wanna see an all-CGI final FANTASY movie that's more FANTASY than Sci-Fi? i dunno, space films are so overdone now, let's get back to the old fashioned hero-heroine-gothic stuff (no, Dungeons & Dragons didn't count...) i mean, the NES F.Fantasy's were cool, maybe something like that? p.s. just got back from A.I. that pg-13 rating is a joke, it's easily got some of the most disturbing and upsetting visuals i've ever seen, what a depressing flick

  • June 29, 2001, 10:55 p.m. CST


    by elmstreetkid

    an RPG that would make a stellar film (either live action or CGI) would be EARTHBOUND, released in 1995 for the SNES, that game had it all. and dude, most RPG's have the kind of enrapturing storylines that Hollywood films WISH they did. Peace out

  • June 29, 2001, 11:52 p.m. CST

    comparing RPG stories to Movie stories

    by Andy_Christ

    Is like comparing brown poop with green's all still shit. Well, mostly. And especially the big ones. (That means final fantasy)

  • June 30, 2001, 12:01 a.m. CST

    This movie looks WAY too cool!

    by Psyclops

    I'm hoping that the story isn't pointless and meandering... but simply too complex for those of us who scratch our heads whenever we watch AKIRA. The effects look absolutely amazing and the action looks to beat anything else this summer. I hope this hits big!

  • June 30, 2001, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Visual effects don't help narrate Phantom Menace?

    by Pips Orcille

    I think the guy needs to watch Phantom Menace again, because I don't recall any shot in the film that included visuals that were just there for the audience to go in awe. As far as the fake thing goes, doesn't this reviewer get that this is just A MOVIE! Star Wars is NOT supposed to be realistic! It's supposed to be sci-fi and a journey into a world unlike we've ever seen. People don't get it... ALL MOVIES ARE FAKE! Well, there are documentaries which aren't, but in fiction sense, they're all fake. Get a clue!

  • June 30, 2001, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Bearing witness.

    by Rarecreater

    Having been at the same screening, I agree with the review. Flasy visually but ho-hum as a film. Trust me folks you've seen this film before, if not in anime, then in any Heinlein inspired film. The character details were very good, but the designs and animation had a stiffness, a lack of life or creativity. If you want to see one dimensional evil, go no further than the character design on James Wood's character , who only needed maybe a Nazi armband or some horns horns growing on his forehead . Character expressions were very simple, almost no reaction to extreme situations. It felt intentional, like the director wanted to subdue the performances. It would work for a fleeting moment or two, then the movement would get stiff again. And I know for certain it isn't the technology that made the film mechanical, because the animation on Dr. Sid (Donald Sutherland ) made my jaw drop. I talked to a lot of people after the showing and all agreed he was the most lifelike of the bunch. The creatures were also fun to look at. You get the feeling the animators had more fun doing them than anything else. Also, some "handheld" shots were quite impressive. People keep talking about how hand drawn animation is going the dinosaur way because every CGI film so far has made Bucko bucks. I have a feeling a few opinions may change soon. Hollywood has a short fuse with animation. Just talking with people around here, they just don't understand it. "Titan AE, Atlantis and Iron Giant didn't make money. That means nobody wants to see them." Of course nobody says, "hey Titan AE and Atlantis weren't that good and Iron Giant was dumped by the studio, maybe that's why." In the end, its what technique fits the story. Howeverf, most business people tend to follow the trend (it's a musical!) until it doesn't work, and even then, they get cautious about changing styles. "What do you mean there's no talking animals or musical numbers, that'll never work?!" I was hoping that this film would change that: to have a good, solid successful Sci fi fanatasy animated film. A serious story. UNFORTUNATELY, It ain't gonna make squat, which is sad to say.

  • June 30, 2001, 12:58 a.m. CST


    by Akibel Chong

    better than BATTLEFIELD EARTH, better than BARBED WIRE. Acting on par with a CGI David Manning. Spike Lee needs to make a movie called SUMMER OF SHIT, how evil, money grubbing, crack smoking, Movie Executive Assholes, pulled the wool over the eyes of the American public.

  • June 30, 2001, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Bullet-time served the plot? Riiiiiight . . .

    by darthflagg

    i ain't denying it looked cool, at least the first couple of times, but does anyone really think The Matrix couldn't have been made without shots of people spinning round in slow motion? At least TPM's effects all served either the characters or the plot. OK, apart from the fart gag, but that was less than five seconds. CGI is the future, like it or not.

  • June 30, 2001, 4 a.m. CST


    by talbuckin

    I find interesting all that comments about the lack of expressions of lack of reactions, stiff characters, etc, etc. First, people, let

  • June 30, 2001, 5:52 a.m. CST

    FF story lines are some of the best around....

    by Jarek

    Square RPG's have a habit of weaving very complex stories. And usually, they are great. The entire FF series, Xenogears, and especially Vagrant Story are simply incredible in terms of narrative scope. So I have to disagree with this reviewer. As for the post above: I think there are probably "summons" or "eidelons" in the FF movie, hence the subtitle "The Spirits Within".

  • June 30, 2001, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Orion Dumb

    by daehkcid

    Orion, before bashing Sakaguchi, learn about Final Fantasy a bit. Why the hell does The Movie have to resemble the old Final Fantasy games? Compare FF1 and FF8 and see how each look. Or, compare King's Quest 1 to King's Quest 7; the Hero has become a woman! SO WHAT? Those games are not related to each other, hence, the creator can do whatever he wants with it and name it what he wants, if he feel it's accurate. FFTSW has the life, love, friendship theme, thus it can be named FINAL FANTASY. It's not because of the random battles..

  • June 30, 2001, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Final Fantasy Dialogue

    by Thora

    If the dialogue in the movie sometimes sounds like a bad translation from the Japanese, there's a good reason why--it WAS translated from the Japanese. Actually, it was first written in English by the screenwriters, then translated into Japanese for Sakaguchi to approve or edit, then back into English for a polish, then back into Japanese for another approval or edit by Sakaguchi and so on and on. Throw in actors improvising dialogue during voice recording and animators naturally having their own concerns regarding the difficulty level of animating some of the dialogue and you have the explanation for the problem. Hopefully, though, occasionally awkward line readings won't detract from the beautiful visuals or general movement of the story.

  • June 30, 2001, 8:07 a.m. CST

    people who hate CGI effects puzzle me.

    by Fatal Discharge

    Well, of course, we know they are fake. We also know that King Kong wasn't real and the monsters in The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad weren't real but they are entertaining and classic films nevertheless. To say that movies that are all about the effects aren't entertaining is idiotic. If the film has a bad story regardless of the effects then I wouldn't blame the effects. Twister's effect scenes were awesome but the story was so bad that I wouldn't see it again. Like it or not, people go to films to see something they've never seen before sometimes. Even Anaconda made a pile of money...because the CGI snake effect looked cool in commercials. Personally I find a CGI creation more realistic than, let's say, a plastic monster. And remember that this artform is constantly getting better. Photo-realistic CGI people are almost here as Final Fantasy shows. Personally, I don't see the point in that case. I'd rather see a real person than a fake one. Now if they can remake past stars like Marilyn Monroe (and they WILL), I would be interested.

  • June 30, 2001, 8:25 a.m. CST


    by ArchDiver

    The nasty Hollywood-suits are going to take away our actors and studios and feed the public a steadily growing diet of low-grade entertainment completely made anaerobically inside a computer! The signs are there! The increasing use of 'unnecessary' CGI in live action films...the proliferation of totally animated films...BAH! You guys should paint a sign and stand on the corner next to the blind, unshaven preacher prophesizing the coming apopcalypse.

  • June 30, 2001, 8:30 a.m. CST

    ...and another thing

    by ArchDiver

    Quit panning movies that use CGI extensively, accusing them of substituting effects for substance. Nobody goes into the office and goes 'Gee, that bullet-time effect was neat. Let me build a movie around that effect...' FYI fanboys: bullet-time is not CGI, its a camera effect. And it was created by the makers of the Matrix to capture a feel that they wanted to impart to the film AFTER WRITING IT!

  • June 30, 2001, 9:32 a.m. CST

    "...there are tons of stars, like the aforementioned Billy Baldw

    by Eugene O

    This reviewer has lost his credibility with that phrase. It is common knowledge that Billy Baldwin IS NOT A STAR!!!! He has proven that in all of his movies. Heh.

  • June 30, 2001, 10:26 a.m. CST

    THIS IS A PREVIEW SCREENING REVIEW--not the whole movie!!

    by neosverax

    Why can't you guys get it right??? This was just the preview and not the whole movie DAMN IT!!! No one has seen the whole movie. The advance screening is going to begin on July 2, 2001!!! Why are you bashing a movie you have not seen or a story you have not read or understood. That's one of the characteristic of what I call STUPIDITY. Yeah it's silly for americans to accept spirituality becuase they don't have one. I knew that from the beginning. But this is not a review of th whole movie!!!! Just the preview.

  • June 30, 2001, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but can I even care about characters that DON'T EXIST.....

    by Smugbug

    I am curious....these characters are just CGI I'm thinking that while I am watching this film, I'll be so caught up with the observing everything on the screen to see how real it looks rather than getting into the storyline, characters, etc. BUT, I will see this movie - if not for the Spiderman trailer, but because I am super curious as to how this film will look......

  • June 30, 2001, 1:22 p.m. CST

    YOU SAY "No mistery", I SAY: "You need a dictionary."

    by The Garbage Man


  • June 30, 2001, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Orion, this time you're really dumb.

    by daehkcid

    Well, tell me in FF8, how did they went to the moon. With a bicycle?? FF7, have you played it? Cid launched a ROCKET!! He constructed a ROCKET! In FF8, it was a GUNBLADE. A sword that can FIRE bullet! Look, Blade the movie, they use swords but it's SCIFI. It doesn't have to be CONAN with sword. Sword does not always = medieval.

  • June 30, 2001, 2:40 p.m. CST

    no worries...

    by carlos

    Yesterday I witnessed how Spielberg can fuck up Kubrick so I have no concerns about story problems related to FF. FF:TSW is a much stronger story. Maybe not as deep but there are definitely fewer plot problems. Much tighter. Mildly cheesy dialog over a solid story is much more acceptable than trying to fluff up a piece of crap with witty small talk and prattling

  • June 30, 2001, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I KNEW IT!!!

    by Theta

    I knew this movie was a stupid ripoff of Aliens! I knew it was going to try and bludgeon us to death with all this "great" CGI (sorry, I can't get into it, they're claiming photorealism and it's all so damn fake) instead of writing a great script. Of course, I have to see the damn thing anyway, because the Spider-Man teaser is supposedly on it. Clever bastards, that Sony marketing department.

  • June 30, 2001, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by Theta

    Sorry, man, they really do build movies about "Hey, man, I can do this neat thingie!" Of course, it's usually a bit more substantial than just an effect. Sometimes it's "Hey, I've got this really great set-piece planned out" or "Let's cash in on this guy before he drops back into obscurity." Both "Mission: Impossible" movies spring to mind (the vault scene in the first and the very end of the second were great, but the rest of the movies...yeeech) and I'm sure we can think of more examples.

  • June 30, 2001, 4:48 p.m. CST

    The thing that disappoints me...

    by virkku

    I think that the quality of CGI is excellent, but the designs looks boring and unspirited, at least in the trailers. It looks like a mish-mash of the most common scifi cliches. You can do ANTYHING with CGI, so why settle for the most ordinary visions? In fact FF8 had a far more interesting and original visual design in it. Even if the CGI animations of the game were not as technically sophisticated as the one's in the movie, they were more interesting and appealing.

  • June 30, 2001, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Orion the super dumb..

    by daehkcid

    Ok, there's 10 Final Fantasy out there. Tell me ORIONS, which of them ressemble each other. Tell me that FF8 ressemble FF9 and i'll give you a kiss in the butt. Btw, Sakaguchi isn't bringin any FF game to the big screen. For your interest, FFTSW is a new concept. An original idea. Go play Mario, baby.

  • June 30, 2001, 9:46 p.m. CST


    by gryphon

    Oh!! You have happy fun click click time? You get the super lucky present for using good grammar! Prease learn to speak betta Engrish!

  • June 30, 2001, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by neosverax

    Go to this site and read the interview with producer Chris Lee -------------------------------- see he said they hid one CHOCOBO in the movie so You'll have to look because it won't be there right on the screen bawking at you.

  • June 30, 2001, 10:31 p.m. CST

    This movies is going to rule.

    by Sephiroth2069

    I think the reveiwer hasnt really played a FF game.The storylines are some of the best i have ever seen in a RPG game. The stories take you into a lush beautiful world. You feel for the characters.I dont know about you but i cried when Aeris died.I think the reveiwer should shut fat cake hole.Cause if he didnt get the stories to FF7 or 9 then he a dumb ass. I for one will probly see this movie more than twice.

  • July 1, 2001, 12:41 a.m. CST

    I saw this film

    by Irie

    and it's BORING! BORING BORING BORING! The story felt like a bad documentary combined with commentary straight from the average episode of Wacky Racers. Doesn't break any new ground, and is about as interesting as the latest "Furry" convention. And MAN is it ugly...

  • July 1, 2001, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Final Fantasy is so overrated

    by ewem

    We all know this movie is going to suck, right? I mean, this is the most blatant Aliens rip off and Starship Troopers I have seen yet. Heck, some of those alien shots even look like The Abyss! How many times in the trailer alone did we hear Alec Baldwin's voice saying "Damn!" or "What the hell?" Obviously the script isn't going to be a strong point on this thing. As for the games, Squaresoft really has gone down the tubes in recent years. Final Fantasy 7 was the last really solid game in the series. Square's last great game was Xenogears, which they ended up botching because of budgets and time constraints. (Go to and look this game up and read Eric W.'s review to have a full discussion on this.) Square put out like 8 barely mediocre titles a year ago. Threads of Fate, Vagrant Story, Legend of Mana, Chrono Cross, etc. All these games have one thing in common. Good production values but no substance. This year, thanfully, was different. Square saved up all their money and effort to put on the big screen what they have been working towards for years anyway: A CGI jerkoff with no substance. That's what their games have been becoming more and more like. I mean, this thing looks like Parasite Eve! That's horrible news! Xenogears could have and should have been a huge franchise for them. That kicks the crap out of Final Fantasy or anything else. Hell, Sqaure could be rolling in the dough right now with merchandise ranging from Toys, books, and everything else. There's so much more to work with there. Anyway, sorry this is so long. You can all tell I am a lifelong gamer. Bottom line: Square sucks in my book now, I have no faith and confidence in any of their products and will not put forth one more cent towards anything that they produce until I see them go back to making real games again. So...this movie stands as a testament to everything that I have grown to hate about Square's games in the past couple of years.

  • July 1, 2001, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by JefferyLebowski

    Having seen 17 minutes at a Sony screening a few months ago. The story is stupid and confusing, and the actual writing- that is, the dialogue- is laughably bad. Look at the trailer if you don't believe me. Every single goddamn line any of the characters say in the trailer is a cliche: "They're coming in!" "Let's move out, people!" "What the hell is THAT?" "Fire in the hole!" Laughably bad. CGI, even really advanced CGI, is not worth $9 when there are good STORIES out there.

  • July 1, 2001, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Stop Bitching

    by holyjudgement

    All I hear is this movie sucks, they stole the franchise, their arent any chocobos.Stop it, its just a movie, as a FF fan all my life i have played 15 games that sported the Final Fantasy name, and they where all kick ass games ,including FF8. If you want to know why people didnt like final fantasy 8 , because it was different: no mp, junction system, and draw. Thats why all you people are afraid of a change in the name Final Fantasy. Remember its a video game movie, its not gonna be true to the original , but it will be more fun to watch, would you rather watch Mario Bros, or maybe Mortal Kombat 2, all these movies sucked but who cares.

  • July 1, 2001, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Whatever Irie

    by neosverax

    Irie, you are such a liar. No one has seen the movie. Tomorrow is when the advance screening is going to start you @$$hole! All that has been circulating are 17 minute previews.

  • July 1, 2001, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by SolarFlux

    Animation is, unquestionably an artform, even if it is produced for purpose of profit. Most early cg animation had not plot, they were just cool little 30 second clips of rendered marbles rolling around to show how someone had brought about the recreation of reality psuedo-realistically. Is it a suitable medium to make serious films? Yes! Has that been accomplished with this movie? I don't know, I haven't seen it. Was that the original intent of the director, to make a serious film? I think so. Anytime you have something that you want to alot of people to see, your going to have sacrifice a little of your vision to make it more appealing to a wider audience. If the movie turns out to have a simple plot with crummy, one-liner dialouge, its probably that way so More people, (children and the average Joe) are able to digest the material. When a films released in this country, and its in the mainstream, it has to be Hollywood-washed a little. Don't knock the movie if its simple, the effort and beauty in it surmounts the script. People don't go to the forien opera they can't understand for the story, they go for the choreography, the costumes, the singing, and emotion. The first time I was playing Final Fantasy 7, and a fluid, cg cut-scene came on I thought to myself, "How cool would it be to have an hour-long movie of nothing but this stuff shining in my glossies?" The trailer fufills all my previous expectations. (To the one guy, Darth Bono? The Billy-Alec Baldwin reference is an allusion/direct quote to/from an episode of the simpons. I know your going to say "Excuse me all to hell" and really, it doesn't matter. Sorry I brought it up)

  • July 1, 2001, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Dear lord!

    by Munko

    Well, I wanna tackle some things here. First off, to the people who say that the FF movie has bad CGI...what the fuck. If the Final Fantasy movie has bad CGI, then Shreck must be shit. And Toy Story might as well be the worst visual movie ever. If you guys can say that the most impressive looking CGI movie has bad CGI, then you must really have it in for computer animation. And why do some people fear CGI, you guys sound like my fucking granparents..."Oh I don't like CGI cause all movies are gonna be like that, it's then end of the cinematic world as we know it", that's basically what you guys sound like. Hmmmmmkay, now on to some people complaints on the story of the FF games. Now I am a big videogame fan, and I love RPG's. I have played every american released Final Fantasy and loved everyone (except FFV). And if you guys think the stories in those are bad then you must think you are some kind of new age fucking Shakespear. The stories in those are ver complex and fun to figure out. And how can some people complaing the stories get in the way. If there were no stories in the Final Fantasy games then all you would have to look foward to in them is random battles and character devolpment. The stories in those games is what puts them in there as one of the tops RPGs. Then we have these "everything after FFVI sucks because it's all the same" people...ARG! First off all, these type of people wanted a change with the FF series, so they got it with FFVIII, but yet they complained about how different it was, then turn around and say how much FF is the same. And second of all, they say that everything after FFVII is the same old crap. Well that is utterly unfair to say. FF1 through FFVI were basically the same, now FFVII thrugh FFIX were the same (I think FFX will bring it up to a new level). So to say that Square has be doing the same stuff since FFVII is unfair...cause they have been doing the same stuff ever since they first started out in the RPG realm. Square isn't a company that's big on innovation, what they do is add on different little tweaks and innovations that slowly evovle the series, and I think that's the best way to do it. Well, that's all...

  • July 1, 2001, 10:57 p.m. CST

    One More Thing

    by SolarFlux

    One More Thing; the best RPG I've ever had the pleasure of playing is Dragon Warrior 4 on the ol' Nes. If you can appreciate a brilliant game, and don't see the 320x200 Nintendo res as a drawback, you should download an emulator and fire this puppy up. I never played Final Fantasy (the original) all the way through, but from what I can decipher, DW4 kicks its ass. Yes it is fair to compare them, no, Im not saying FF was bad.

  • July 1, 2001, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Another Review

    by Akibel Chong

    What you're saying is, the story is stupid, the dialouge bad (really bad), which means the acting will suck, SO rush out to see it. Quite a recomendation. The eye candy better be end of the world good. The only other review I've seen so far is at Anime Fringe. That reviewer says baisically the same thing, but gives it a negative rating. Eye candy wasn't enough. Judge for yourselves. PS. has anyone seen any more reviews?

  • July 2, 2001, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Hard to believe that so many of you....

    by deity worship101

    will take the word of someone that you've more than likely never met before, and put it above that of your own. Whenever I see a negative review of a movie on this site there's a rash of Talk-backers whos only response is "Oh my God I KNEW this was going to suck and here is 1 person's opinion that I'm going to fall in line with." I'm going to see this for what it is, a KILLER LOOKING (don't even say this is bad looking CGI, because it isn't, you want bad CGI look at?? Try the BATMAN-SUBZERO animated movie. Horrible CGI that clashes with the established animated backgrounds. Bad, bad, bad) MOVIE. Not a CGI movie, or a Real-Life actor movie, it's a MOVIE. (READ: ENTERTAINMENT) I haven't played any of the games becuase I think (notice that I said "I THINK") they're boring and if I wanted to RPG I'll break out my dice set and play a good 'ol fashioned game of PARANOIA......I don't even know what the creator's name is, but a LONG time ago I heard him addressing this movie saying HIMSELF "Yeah, there are video games called Final Fantasy made by Square Software, and this is a MOVIE called Final Fantasy because I AM Final Fantasy and it's MY Universe." You hear the man, It's HIS Universe - not a bunch of fanboy's who want to see a stupid yellow chicken running around a movie screen. This movie is gonna ROCK, I'll see you there next Weds.

  • July 6, 2001, 7:31 p.m. CST

    I have something to say

    by zotan9

    Guess what everyone? None of you know what you're talking about! No one can judge the movie based on a 17 minute preview, or anything shorter. Seeing how that is about 1/6 of the entire movie, of course it's going to be confusing. People say that because it's based on a videogame it's gonna suck. Well Final Fantasy is different, my friend. With brand new characters, brand new world, brand new story, you get the idea, it's a fresh start, so ignorant people have nothing to compare it to. Why is it called "Final Fantasy" then? Same reason FF I-X were called Final Fantasy. Even though they all had new characters, worlds, stories, music, they all had similar themes. And if I can recall, every last one of them were a huge success.

  • July 18, 2001, midnight CST


    by otcconan

    Well I saw it Friday, and I'll just say, WOW! Don't go into it thinking you are going to get 100% perfect photorealistic characters; you are not. Are they damn close? Hell yeah. Watching this one made me flash back to watching the first Lord of the Rings, where they filmed certain sequences and then painted over them, creating seamless and fluid human like animation. I agree, that if you go to this movie expecting a cinematic experience, you may be disappointed from a story point of view. But then again, I thought Jason and the Argonauts was a crummy story but I still watched it for the skeleton sequence. Technical breakthroughs in filmaking, whether they are in a good film (Star Wars) or a bad one (Tron), are worth sitting through and paying attention to. Hell, the "Matrix" story was pretty derivative of some of the cyberpunk stuff out there. But we watch it...why? For the wire-fu, and for the bullet time sequences. Movies that stretch the limits will always be worth watching. Go see it with an open mind. Just imagine you are watching Titan AE and then you'll be blown away. Conan out

  • July 18, 2001, 12:07 a.m. CST

    my hope

    by otcconan

    Please, let us not see a new movie company called "Valve Films" make a movie entitled "Half Life" The Horror!