Monday, September 14, 2009

9 - Movie Review


Starring the voices of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover and Martin Landau.
Directed by Shane Acker.

If you've ever wondered what a movie would be like that combined The Longest Day, The Matrix, Pink Floyd The Wall, and Elmo in Grouchland, what glue are you sniffing?

Moving right along, this post-apocalyptic visual wonderfest is a grown-up ethereal exploration of teamwork and the humanity of inhuman objects blessed with partial human souls. This was a world I wanted expanded and played in longer. Alas, the plot is too thin to go beyond 80 minutes, but I enjoyed my time regardless.

Elijah Wood voices 9, the ninth burlap-puppet thing that awakens to find the human race has been annihilated. He explores this world alone until he finds 2, a fellow whatever-they-are, but 2 is quickly captured by a red-eyed dog-skulled beast-machine. On his own again, he sets out to find others. After all, what about 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8?

I found it fitting that Frodo voices 9, as his journey takes him to a distant factory with a tower and a glowing red eye overseeing it.

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