|Writers:||Stephen Hauser and Paul Attanasio|
|Director of Photography:||Adam Greenberg|
|Production Designer:||Norman Reynolds|
|Producers:||Barry Levinson, Michael Crichton and Andrew Wald|
|Warner Bros.; PG-13; 120 minutes|
|Cast:||Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, Peter Coyote, and Liev Schreiber|
|Adapted by Kurt Wimmer, based on a novel by Michael Crichton|
It's obvious why Hollywood was sold on an adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1987 novel about a deep sea search for extraterrestrial life; it's a classic recipe for big-screen sci-fi action — just add water. But Sphere leaves out a few key ingredients, namely signs of intelligent life among the crew or the aliens. It turns out the scariest thing about this scientific expedition-- headed up by a psychologist (Hoffman), a lazy mathematician (Jackson), and a tough-bitch astrophysicist (Stone), is not the giant snake or the daredevil diving snaffoos, but bad dialogue.