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Sphere
(1998)
Reviewed by Nathan Johnston
Rating: 1.5 Beans

his movie just doesn't gel properly. God knows that it should, it has everything going for it: a bizzare location (bottom of the Pacific ocean), scientists, a spacecraft, a mysterious object and loads of other unexplainable ideas. It should of been a winner, but there are some large shortcomings and one of the worst endings that I have seen which made this movie very disappointing.

The movie suffers from trying to be too thought provoking. There are a number of ideas presented throughout the movie which it does try very hard to dissect. But it fails, as the ideas aren't developed enough before the movie uses them in its mainstream plot.

It breaks down like this... a cable of some sort is being laid between the U.S and Australia, but its been cut in two by something on the ocean floor. Its discovered that this mystery pair of cable-cutters is actually a UFO of some sort. As a normal movie reaction, a team of scientists (Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L Jackson & Liev Schreiber) are sent down to look at the craft. Once inside they find that the craft is actually a American space ship from the future, brought back to this time by a black hole. Not only that, but it also contains a strange sphere-like object that three of the four scientists enter, they come out with strange powers that enable them to manifest their worst fears into reality.

This movie should have been absolutley fantastic. It plays on no less than six of my favorite topics: black holes, time travel, UFO's, dreams, fears and perceptions of reality. This should have been the best movie that I've seen in my life. These ideas all show huge promise and some interesting thoughts and concepts are raised. But as a whole, the movie falls into the trap of trying to deal with too many topics at once. As a result the movie cannot concentrate on any one or two topics for long and therefore it really only skims the surface of each topic, not enough for this viewer. Because it doesn't deal with each topic in enough depth, none of them are really tied up properly or dealt with fully, which left me unsatisfied.

The ending is also an un-believably enormous disappointment, but I wont ruin it for those who haven't seen the movie.

The supernatural element still does count towards something for me though so I can't give it a altogether bad rating.






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