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9 - Theatrical Review

‘9’ is a visually stunning animated movie that sets the stage for an epic story but sadly fails to deliver in the end.  Set in a post apocalyptic world where mankind has engaged in another civilization ending war with machines, ‘9’ brings something new to the table.  Instead of a band of a handful of human survivors, the fate of the rebirth of the world rests with the titular ‘9’.

What are the ‘9’?  They are a collection of individually unique yet similar rag doll type characters each with a numeral, 1 – 9, on their back.  Hence the ‘9.’  Each character is bestowed with a unique design and characteristics so there is never an issue differentiating between them.  They are beautifully realized and come across like highly detailed versions of the characters that one sees in the PS3 video game, ‘Little Big Planet.’

To further differentiate the ‘9’, some high powered voice casting has been employed.  In the titular role is Elijah Woods.  While the casting of Elijah is understandable, I felt his presence ultimately worked against the movie as he fed into the conceit that the picture was heading for a Lord of the Rings epic goal.  Plus the 9 character was a little too on the nose as a Frodo clones.  Other notables rounding out the cast include Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, and Jennifer Connelly.

The desolation of the destroyed world is artfully rendered and special mention must be made of the machines that are created to hunt down the 9.  They are an amalgamation of totally disparate items and are created based on animal forms most sure to alarm.  One that is in essence a snake with a doll’s head is especially loathsome.  In fact these designs are so frightful that parents should be cautioned that younger children in the 5 – 9 age group may find them too overpowering.

Based on a short film, the theatrical version still only clocks in at a slim 79 minutes.  The story is not fleshed out enough and the resolution is reached far too quickly.  Also the brevity of running time robs the final moments of the emotional power they should have generated.  Finally, the ending seems incomplete.  The final moments do not match up with what we were told during the revelation scenes of the movie.

Overall, 9 is a visually stunning film.  It is a film poised somewhere between children and adult markets.  It intrigues with its unique set of design aesthetics but frustrates due to its paucity of story depth.

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9 - Theatrical Review

When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearso
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Lou is the site dinosaur - and like many kids in recent generations grew up loving dinosaurs - born and raised during the Golden Age of TV. He saw a puppet show about space and spaceships and robots and rayguns named Fireball XL-5 and his geek/nerdom was cemented. A steady diet of Lost In Space, Star Trek - his alltime fav series, and movies like Doctor Doo-Little, 2001, Planet of The Apes, Star Wars, Alien(s), LOTR etc have led to where he is now. Here at EyeCrave Net sharing his passion for cool and, unashamedly proud to do so in these oft cyncial times, honestly told touching stories.

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