Leslie Cook


In Movie Review on September 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Imagine a post-apocalyptic world peopled by an animated band of rag dolls who are terrorized by hyperactive garden sheers.  Mankind has finally died out in this little corner of the world.  All is gray and bleak, much like a post World War II Germany.  This is the reality in which viewers of “9” will find themselves immersed.  Here’s the story.  “9” awakens into this world to find his creator lifeless on the floor.  He wanders out of his little home into the broken world and discovers that he’s not alone.  “2” saves him and introduces him to others of his kind that are trying to avoid destruction from the likes of “The Machine.”

This fully realized universe, created by director Shane Acker, reminds me a bit of movies like Blade Runner, Wall-E (the first half), and Terminator.  It has that dark, desolate feel to it.  Visually, the movie is well drawn.  The animation is nice and I liked the characters, although they did tend to be a bit dark.  There were moments of humor, but ultimately a “good against evil” film where the characters try to save what’s left of their group and eliminate the evil forces that still existed in their world.

The voice work was well done.  Elijah Wood voices “9”, and Christopher Plummer is the voice of “1” the self-proclaimed leader of the group.  As to whether you should see this film?  I’d say yes, if you like Tim Burton style endeavors.  I liked it a lot, but I realize that this sort of movie isn’t for everyone. Also, it’s PG-13, so it’s not for very small children.


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