Movie Rewind: Sphere (12) 1998

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Movie Rewind

Sphere (12) 1998

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Sphere is a 1998 American science fiction psychological thriller film directed and produced by Barry Levinson, and starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. Sphere is based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. The film was released in the United States on February 13, 1998

What’s it about?

1000 feet below the ocean, the navy divers discover an object half-a-mile long. A crack team of scientists are deployed to the site in Deepsea Habitats. What they find boggles the mind as they discover a perfect metal sphere. What is the secret behind the sphere? Will they survive the mysterious 'manifestations'? Who or what is creating these? They may never live to find out.

How much?

$80m Budget $50m Box office (A Flop)

Was it that bad?

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of just 12% based on 51 reviews, with an average score of 4/10; the site's critical consensus states, "Sphere features an A-level cast working with B-grade material, with a story seen previously in superior science-fiction films

Metascore (Critics) Rating 3.5/10 (Ratings between 3-6/10)

Newsweek critique:
With the talent involved in Sphere -- director Barry Levinson, novelist Michael Crichton and actors Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharon Stone--how could it fail? Somehow, it does. 3/10

The New York Times’ Elvis Mitchell critique:
While this is no quick-witted treat on a par with Mr. Levinson's ''Wag the Dog,'' it's a solid thriller with showy scientific overtones. 6/10

IMDB Rating 6.1/10

The public were a little more forgiving, if not reflected in the Box Office

MGN Review

With the arrival “Underwater” to our screens recently it was interesting to go back and give this late 90’s sci-fi thriller a re-watch.

Great cast and I still found the first half of the film built the tension nicely. It all went a bit samey in the second half, but not a total letdown and would have been so much better with about 30 minutes knocked off the running time.

The ending was ok. But did feel a bit rushed and left you with a shrug and a feeling of being anti-climatic.

Definitely worth a look if you’ve never seen it and still holds up reasonably well with what’s been produced of a similar ilk since.

MGN Rating 6/10

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