9 – Movie Review
ademy Award-nominated for his groundbreaking animated short of the same name, filmmaker Shane Acker makes his feature directorial debut with this expanded version of his acclaimed post-apocalyptic fable. In a world parallel to our own, the worst has happened, and humanity is in danger of extinction. From the ashes of destruction emerges a courageous rag doll named 9 (voice of Elijah Wood) whose unique leadership skills could prove the key to survival for those who have not yet perished. Perhaps with a little help from his friends, who include domineering war veteran 1 (voice of Christopher Plummer), aging inventor 2 (voice of Martin Landau), stout mechanic 5 (voice of John C. Reilly), visionary artist 6 (voice of Crispin Glover), and fearless warrior 7 (voice of Jennifer Connelly), 9 will prove capable of salvaging what still remains of this world, and laying the groundwork for a hopeful future. Produced by Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch), and Jim Lemley (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), 9 takes viewers on a surrealistic journey into a world where anything is possible.
“9” is an animated fantasy which looks at the near future, where there is only the great machine. Human beings have ceased to exist, and the idea is that life should go on and people, instead of having names, have numbers. So we have Elijah Wood playing Nine, who seems to be mild-mannered but a leader. Christopher Plummer is a domineering war veteran and leader. Marin Landau is a frail inventor. John C. Reilly is an engineer and Crispin Glover is an erratic artist beset by visions. Jennifer Connelly is a self-sufficient lawyer. So the idea is that we’re dealing with a traditional post-apocalyptic good guys versus bad guys. But there is something very ingenious about the creativity of this and certainly the voice talent is fabulous. I’d give it four stars.