It seemed like it didn't know what it wanted to be. Was it a sci-fi adventure? It took place under water, there were aliens involved, there was certainly some action, and some scary moments, so maybe it was a sci-fi adventure. But then again, were there really aliens? The last half of the film seemed more like they were trying to make you afraid of what you didn't see, trying to get into your mind and play around a little bit. So maybe it was a psychological thriller. I still haven't figured it out. The first half I thought it would be more like Aliens. A bunch of people caught inside (or around) an alien life form, battling to save the universe from destruction. I know that's been done before, but this one seemed to have a more psychological edge to it. It would be the action you've seen before, but combined with the psychological side you haven't. But the second half left the action behind, and it became a very slow film. I checked my watch 3 or 4 times, something I very rarely do. The movie seemed way too long, I thought they could have cut out a lot in the middle, instead of trying to pound your head with all the mind games. And I also managed to figure out the big secret they were trying to hide until the big climax. I don't know if it's because I've seen too many movies in my life, or if it's because it was so damn obvious. And the other thing I noticed in while in movies like Titanic, or Braveheart, the music was an addition to the film, something that supplemented the images on screen, the music in Sphere took over the film, and overpowered the action at times.
So overall, if you're in the mood for mind games,
and some action, I'd go see Sphere,
but just don't go in thinking that a movie with Dustin Hoffman, Sharon
Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Barry Levinson means that it's
going to win awards, because its not.