9 (2009)

Posted on 24. Oct 2009

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9Director:
Shane Acker

Written by:
Pamela Pettler
Shane Acker

Cast:

Christopher Plummer – #1 (voice)
Martin Landau – #2 (voice)
John C. Reilly – #5 (voice)
Crispin Glover – #6 (voice)
Jennifer Connelly – #7 (voice)
Fred Tatasciore – #8 / Radio Announcer (voice)
Elijah Wood – #9 (voice)

Synopsis:

A new era in animated storytelling begins on 9.9.09. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (The Corpse Bride, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Nightwatch) join forces to produce wunderkind director Shane Acker’s distinctively original and thrilling tale. 9 stars Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer and Crispin Glover and features the music of Danny Elfman.When 9 (The Lord of the Ring’s Elijah Wood) 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 fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they’ll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them. –© Focus Features [RottenTomatoes.com]

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“9” is an extremely good change in the modern world of animation. It turns the tables with it’s sadder and more deeper story and pulls us away from the fake dreams that everything is okay. I’m not saying now, it’s a animation for grown-up’s but that it’s just much more than a pure mainstream production to get your money.

From the first minutes I know it is something else, due to the style of the animation. It all seems so profound.

But I think it’s my duty to mention that the story seems really weak. Sometimes fully illogical. But there is that something that makes this movie special. I hope you know what I mean when I compare this movie to Portal, Matrix or even Half-Life 2. They all hold basically the same story.

And the story, all by itself manages to pull you in so deeply that you even start to care for the poor fellows.

It’s hard to say anything bad about this animation. Maybe only if you compare it with the “corpse bride”, what was a masterpiece on it’s own. I truly recommend it to all of you. Are you either 9 or 80

Trailer:

Rating: 8,5/10

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