Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is a computer animated science fiction film directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the kitten-stranglingly popular Final Fantasy series of role-playing games.In the year 2065, an alien infestation has overrun Earth; the remaining humans live in "barrier cities" all over the world while trying to free their planet from the spectral alien beings ("Phantoms") that devastate everything in their path. Dr. Aki Ross, alongside her old mentor Dr. Sid, hopes to unlock the secret behind these Phantoms and find a way to destroy them without harming Earth — but General Hein has plans to annihilate the Phantoms using a huge space cannon, regardless of the damage it can do to the planet.Although it bears the Final Fantasy title, this movie has close-to-zero connection to the video game franchise of the same name. While The Spirits Within holds a place in film history as the first feature film to attempt photorealistic CGI characters (with less-than-desired results), it also holds a place in history as a huge Box Office Bomb (it earned $30 million in the U.S. with a production budget of around $140 million). The Spirits Within almost single-handedly ended Square Pictures' existence as an independent entity, nearly killed Squaresoft's merger negotiations with Enix, and — in an ironic twist — eventually became the most critically-acclaimed movie based on a video game on Rotten Tomatoes — which isn't saying much, but still.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within contains examples of the following tropes: