Sphere (1998)
Front Cover Actor
Dustin Hoffman Dr. Norman Johnson
Sharon Stone Dr. Elizabeth 'Beth' Halperin
Samuel L. Jackson Dr. Harry Adams
Peter Coyote Captain Harold C. Barnes
Liev Schreiber Dr. Ted Fielding
Queen Latifah Alice 'Teeny' Fletcher
Marga Gómez Jane Edmunds
Huey Lewis Helicopter Pilot
Bernard Hocke Seaman
James Pickens Jr. O.S.S.A. Instructor
Marga Gomez Jane Edmunds
Michael Keys Hall Government Official
Movie Details
Genre Sci-Fi; Thriller; Horror
Director Barry Levinson
Producer Michael Crichton; Barry Levinson; Patricia Churchill
Writer Michael Crichton; Kurt Wimmer
Studio Warner Brothers; WARNER HOME VIDEO
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 2 hr 14 mins
Country USA
Color Color
From yet another derivative science fiction novel by Michael Crichton comes this equally derivative and flaccid movie, in which three top Hollywood stars struggle to squeeze tension and excitement out of material that doesn't match their talents. You're supposed to find awe and mystery in Crichton's story about a team of scientists and scholars who discover a 300-year-old alien spacecraft deep on the ocean floor, but mostly you feel that this is all much ado about nothing. The exploration team consists of a psychologist (Dustin Hoffman), mathematician (Samuel L. Jackson), biochemist (Sharon Stone), and an astrophysicist (Liev Schreiber), and when they enter the alien ship they discover a mysterious sphere inside. What they don't know is that the sphere has the power to manipulate their thoughts and perceptions, and before long the scientists' undersea habitat is a veritable haunted house of frightening visions and creeping paranoia. Who can be trusted? What is the sphere's purpose, and why is it on the ocean floor? Sphere makes some attempt to answer these questions, but the film is a mess, and it leads to one of the most anticlimactic endings of any science fiction film ever made. There are moments of high intensity and psychological suspense, and the stellar cast works hard to boost the talky screenplay. But it's clear that this was a hurried production (Hoffman and director Barry Levinson made Wag the Dog during an extended production delay), and as a result Sphere looks and feels like a film that wasn't quite ready for the cameras. Though it's by no means a waste of time, it's undeniably disappointing. The special edition DVD includes audio commentary by Hoffman and Jackson and a behind-the-scenes featurette, Shaping the Sphere: The Art of the Special Effects Supervisor, exploring the alien ship's design and creation by special effects technicians. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
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Seen It No
Index 1390
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 7/27/04
Purchase Price $7.00
Store Fry's
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
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Folder 012
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 085391533122
Release Date 7/16/02
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen