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For those of you who don't understand the movie, you weren't paying much attention. There were visual cues throughout as to where the machines come from (the BRAIN creates them) and also for where the characters 1-9 get their soul/s (they each get a *piece* of the scientist's soul). 9 gets the last piece of the scientist's soul, which is why the scientist died. Each character epitomizes various aspects of humanity: fear, survival, strength, courage, endurance, memory, self-sacrifice, etc.
The movie is rich with allusions and symbols that are drawn from human tendencies and survival instincts. I think it's one of those movies that you can watch over and over and find different meanings each time (if you're open to it). You could even go so far as to argue that the movie is religious in a way. The scientist gave his life to save humanity/life on earth. You could also say that the souls who are taken by the BRAIN are in a state similar to Limbo.
Also, one of the rag dolls is a female; what could be said about the fact that her soul came from a male scientist? Etc.
Very thought provoking and conversation starting movie. I loved every minute of it, and will watch it again.
The 9 refer to 9 elements of the human soul which the Inventor never placed in his original creation and which were the only hope for a second chance for life on the planet. One reviewer mentioned that they were left with questions such as why are the 9 beings the only hope for humans when no humans were left on the planet. The answer is in the rain, which that reviewer must have missed. Rain/Water is a symbol of life universally.
Too often modern writers and directors spoon feed audiences everything so that it seems more and more modern audiences are hard pressed to add their own imagination/understanding to the story. Tim Burton has done a magnificent job of weaving ancient folk lore into a magical tale. I highly recommend this film to individuals & families alike. It is completely worth it!
The world created in this film is fascinating and unlike any other animated film I've seen. I particularly loved the use of contrasts, including having the robots made of burlap and other unexpected materials (Acker has referred to the bots as "stitchpunks"). The "look" of "9" is by far its main draw, though, because unfortunately the plot is a rather drab and predictable affair with the robots fighting the cat-like machine (and then other machines). I found myself getting irritated by the repetitious battles and wanted to see more of this intriguing world. Likewise, I wanted to see more of the adorable "stitchpunks," especially the "cataloguing" scholars 3 and 4. Unfortunately, as soon as the robots are introduced they almost immediately start chasing the machines.
As with other Tim Burton produced animated films, "9" is not targeted toward children (it's rated PG-13); however, the plot was too juvenile to keep me interested. I actually strongly preferred the short film, which I watched after the feature-length movie.Read more ›
This movie is visually breathtaking, and that alone is worth the price of a rental. The steampunk character design is actively fascinating, in that you'll want to pause the movie from time to time to see how things fit together. The characters' personalities are well-defined and interesting (I'd say on par with a Pixar movie, which is to say better than most live-action movies), and as for the story, it's actually quite engaging and even subtly intelligent.
People who complain about the story being weak and feeling incomplete are ACTUALLY complaining that it's depressing. They'll probably flame me for saying that, but it's true. This is not a movie for young children or even most adults, as it does not pull punches when it comes to death. I don't want to include any spoilers, so let's just say this movie would be way more at home with a European audience than an American one. That's not a slight against the US -- it's just that we go to the movies generally expecting that they'll end up with the good guys being rewarded and the bad guys being punished (or at least converted to good guys), and that doesn't really happen here. The ending you do get with this movie is just short of brilliant if you're paying close attention.
Some people have griped about the story being cliche because it involves technology turning against humans, but that's like claiming the story of The Matrix is cliche. It's all about the execution, and it's executed here in a way you have not seen before. (Side note -- did anybody else pick up a reference to the Philip K. Dick story "Second Variety"?) It won't be everyone's favorite movie, but if you're willing to pay attention and put aside some of your expectations, it just may be yours.
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Love the movie only bad thing is it went down another $2.00 the day it got deliveredPublished 1 day ago by Ryan Crytzer
Well done film with an awesome soundtrack. My nephews were entertained.Published 4 days ago by Thatguy
Works well. Product arrived in perfect condition and on time. Thumbs up all the way.Published 21 days ago by Danny Deez
A truly life defining picture. First seeing the trailer in 2009, I was awed by the concepts and atmospher, but forgot to see it before it closed in Theaters, I than forgot about it... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
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Having same problem - still trying to figure it out.
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|Cannot turn off picture-in-picture commentary||
Go into the Blu ray player's menu, go to set-up and in the display menu, toggle the "screen message on/off" to off. This eliminates the on-screen icons like play, stop, slow-motion and so forth from displaying on the screen. This may resolve your issue. Good luck!
Apr 5, 2010 by WPS | See all 5 posts
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I just found the 'Bilingual' DVD from Alliance studios, out of Canada at my local A & P Supermarket for $9.99 the other day.
Jul 16, 2010 by Billy The Count Von Yinga | See all 2 posts
|blank screen when "play movie"||
That is normal when it's booting up. This happened to me with Coraline. Just be patient and wait, it will play.
Jan 8, 2010 by Disabled Smurf | See all 6 posts
|Is '9' Region-Free?||
I can tell you that I can play it on a region B (Europe) player.
Jan 23, 2010 by GSiviero | See all 2 posts
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