"Sphere" was a disappointment. I didn't dislike it; I was
just expecting more. (Also I was disappointed because I'd
previously read the book by Michael Crichton, and the film
deviated immensely from the book.)
A psychologist named Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) and
several scientists are brought by U.S. Naval intelligence
- almost without choice - to an underwater habitat to study
what appears to be an alien vessel. Supposedly, it crashed
into the ocean about three hundred years earlier. Upon entering
the ship, the scientists discover that it is really a time
machine from the future, which accidentally wound up in the
past. Are you following me? Inside the vessel they also discover
an enormous sphere, that appears to be liquid, and solid at
the same time. It has no seams or entrance, yet one of the
scientists enters it, only to come back out and remember nothing.
Then, a giant squid attacks the habitat and it becomes apparent
that something must have been in the sphere. But what? Strange
things continue, and an alien appears to be communicating
with them via computer.
This movie teases you. You keep thinking something exciting
is really going to show its face.
I found it downright corny. The great actors in this movie
just didn't have enough to work with.
My rating : 2 stars
Rating : PG-13