Many plot holes, but still a cute movie. Not for young children
Sep 15, 2009
Not sure whether this is about the world of the future, or the world of another dimension. Could be either. Human beings have been wiped out by evil machines. The only life left are numbered "rag dolls", basically another form of machine. 9 comes to life, and meets the other "rag dolls", who cower in fear of the beast. I don't want to give the entire plot away, but the rag dolls learn much that is human from the various difficulties that 9 causes them to face.
This is a short movie, just barely over an hour. I found myself completely enthralled while I watched, and only after the movie was over did my critical faculties come into play, so the movie is effective at least while you are watching it. The voice actors are excellent and the little rag dolls are cute. This is not as good as UP or WALL-E, but it is at least as good as MONSTER HOUSE. The main caveat I have is that I think young children, perhaps younger than 8 or 10, would be very afraid of the machine critters and some of the values are very adult as well. If I do buy this one when it comes out, it will be for me and not for my granddaughter.
9 is a post-apocalyptic film where the human race was entirely destroyed by stronger, and more intelligent machines that completely blew to pieces any army the world could come up with. But just before his death a scientist tries to keep the world going, so he creates nine rag dolls that come alive, and can talk. #1 (Christopher Plummer) is the obvious leader of the group, and knowing that they have no chance at defeating the great machine monters he insists on hiding until the one day that … more
As a Tim Burton fan, I had high hopes for this adaptation of the short "9." The style of animation and character design was intriguing, the marketing was exciting, and there was a good cast of well-known actors. Sadly, there isn't enough material for me to consider this a successful film. There seems to be a clear lack of dialogue in the script, which could have made for a more compelling plot, but instead we are left with many of the characters just staring … more
Quirky and unique, a new way to look at things, I was intrigued by this movie and like Tim Burton. The fact of war, being corrupted and wiping out humanity and a way to save some life make it a very interesting tale told through animation with the little "sewn" vodoo like dolls.
Pros: Beautifully filmed, lovable characters... Cons: ...incredibly flimsy plot, not enough back story- oh, just read the review... The Bottom Line: Stylish and full of action, 9 is a lot a like a well-thought out video game. If you’re looking for an intelligent film, look elsewhere. Spoiler Warning: This review reveals major details about the movie's plot When I first saw the previews … more
Call me crazy, but right away this movie seemed like something that belonged in the Wachowski Brother's The Animetrix. The dark, cerebral mood combined with the green aesthetics made me think of "The Matrix." That, and the post-apocalyptic, post-man-machine war story backdrop. Only in this case, the humans lose. That's where the story of 9 begins. A synopsis of the story is difficult because the movie doesn't really give you much indication about where the story … more
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9 is a 2009 computer-animated science fantasy thriller film directed by Shane Acker and produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. The film starsElijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer It is based on Acker's Academy Award-nominated 2005 short film of the same name. The screenplay for the film was written by Pamela Pettler, with casting by Mindy Marin, production design by Robert St. Pierre and Fred Warter, and art direction by Christophe Vacher.
Nine small rag dolls, stitched together from burlap and clock workings and lenses, are all that stands in the way of the world being overtaken by the Machines. Actually, as9begins, it looks like the Machines have already had their way with Earth: this is one of those post-apocalyptic landscapes without life, hope, or sunlight. Clearly9director Shane Acker is willing to make an animated film that doesn't soar with Disney colors or Pixar cheer--in fact, main characters are killed off before the movie's halfway through. Our hero is 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood), so dubbed for the number on his back; after awakening to very confused consciousness, he bumps into other puppet survivors, such as the imperious 1 (Christopher Plummer), the warrior-like 7 (Jennifer Connelly), and the one-eyed comic sidekick 5 (John C. Reilly). They do battle with the Machines in...