Sphere (1998) Movie Review

Sphere (1998)

1998 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
134 minutes /

User Score: 46/100

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Sphere Review


A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.

Sphere (1998) is an American science fiction psychological thriller that was filmed in Mare Island, Vallejo, California, USA; Mare Island Naval Yard, Vallejo, California, USA; S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, San Francisco, California, USA and Vallejo, California, USA. Director Barry Levinson (Sleepers (1996), Toys (1992), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Donnie Brasco (1997)) did a phenomenal job executing this incredible movie that will be seen more than once by me. I love the visual effects and sceneries, wish it was in 3D.

Sphere starts by introducing us to a team of scientists that were taken to a habitat to explore an alien spacecraft that is believed to have been in on the Pacific Ocean floor for about 300 years. The team includes marine biologist Dr. Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Halperin (Sharon Stone), mathematician Dr. Harry Adams (Samuel L. Jackson), astrophysicist Dr. Ted Fielding (Liev Schreiber), psychologist Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman), and Capt. Harold Barnes (Peter Coyote) from the U.S. Navy. I was not ready for what they discovered, and I was instantly reeled into the movie when they said what the ship was. The alien spacecraft was an American spacecraft from the future that might have entered a black hole and fell back through time. The team invaded the spacecraft log and could not determine what year it is from but do know that the ship was supposed to collect data/objects from across the galaxy.

One of the objects was a large fluid sphere that is somehow impenetrable and only reflects what it wants to reflect/reveal. Harry did not take long to assume that all of his team members will die. Harry secretly went back to the spacecraft where he was able to enter the sphere. As if the movie was not bizarre already, we soon learn that Jerry, who is the ship’s intelligence, can see everything the crew is doing and hear what they are talking about. The movie got a whole lot more interesting after a typhoon occurred resulting in the team staying in the ship for a few days with aggressive jellyfish, a giant squid and other things attacking them. It was a nightmare that did not end because the equipment was also failing.

The movie was realistic, and a believable watch with personal conflicts, emotions, paranoia, scientific curiosity and claustrophobia starts to surface amongst the crew. Sphere is a fine watch with excellent photography, compelling dialogue that will suck sci-fi fans in until the credits and beautiful performances from the actors. The graphics were extraordinary with great special effects and sound.

About Sphere (1998)

Title: Sphere
Year: 1998
Runtime: 134 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.25/5 stars from 24 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 24
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Liev Schreiber, Dustin Hoffman, Bernard Hocke, Sharon Stone, Peter Coyote, James Pickens Jr., Queen Latifah, Marga Gómez, Huey Lewis, Michael Keys Hall, Ralph Tabakin
Writers: Michael Crichton, Kurt Wimmer, Stephen Hauser, Paul Attanasio
Director: Barry Levinson

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