- 2 hr 9 min
The science-fiction movie "Sphere" from 1998, directed by Barry Levinson, stars an impressive cast featuring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie is an adaptation of the novel "Sphere" by Michael Crichton, a bestselling author well-known for writing many science-fiction books, including "Jurassic Park." The movie follows a group of scientists who are sent to investigate a spacecraft that has been found on the ocean floor. The spacecraft is believed to be of extraterrestrial origin, and the scientists are tasked with uncovering the secrets of the ship.
The scientists include psychologist Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman), mathematician Harry Adams (Samuel L. Jackson), biochemist Beth Halperin (Sharon Stone), and astrophysicist Ted Fielding (Liev Schreiber). They are joined by a team of military personnel and support staff.
As they explore the spacecraft, the team comes across a large, glowing sphere that seems to be the source of the vessel's power. When they approach the sphere, they discover that it has the ability to manifest their deepest fears and desires. As their fears and desires become more and more real, the scientists struggle to maintain their sanity and find a way to escape the ship.
"Sphere" explores themes of science, human psychology, and the unknown. The characters are well-developed and their interactions with each other add depth to the story. Dustin Hoffman gives a standout performance as Norman Goodman, the flawed and troubled psychologist who leads the investigation. Samuel L. Jackson and Sharon Stone also deliver strong performances as the mathematician and biochemist, respectively.
The visual effects in "Sphere" are impressive, particularly the scenes set inside the spacecraft. The underwater cinematography is also noteworthy, as the filmmakers make the most of the ocean floor setting. The film's music, composed by Elliot Goldenthal, adds to the tension and suspense.
Overall, "Sphere" is a gripping science-fiction thriller that explores the darkest recesses of the human mind. The movie may not be perfect, but it is worth watching for its talented cast and intriguing premise.
Sphere is a 1998 science fiction movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 9 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 35.