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Loved this movie!,
This review is from: 9 (DVD)
You need to know before going into this movie that this is NOT a movie for kids. It was strange watching it at first (how often do you see a dead body in an animated film in the first scene?), but once you get past the fact that this is an animated film for ADULTS, it's a very good movie.
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.
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Initial post: Feb 10, 2010 6:31:23 PM PST
Fallout Girl says:
Thanks for this short, sweet and to the point review. It saddens me when people thrash this movie because it "doesn't make sense" - when in fact they simply did not pay attention. And it confuses me that the same people who thrash this movie later go to church and sing praises to something that makes even LESS sense. LOL.
Posted on Apr 9, 2010 3:03:36 PM PDT
K. Klein says:
Just wanted to say thank you for letting people know that this is NOT for kids. Didn't know that and the trailer doesn't lead one to believe that it isn't for kids.
Posted on Aug 18, 2010 5:57:13 PM PDT
Actually my 2 year old son will NOT stop watching it. I think he's a little too young to understand the whole point of what is going on but he asks to watch it constantly and sits through the whole movie. I have to buy it because we just have it on the dvr and when it's time for bed... boy is he mad that he can't watch it in bed!
Posted on Aug 23, 2010 5:07:22 PM PDT
There were a couple bits of social comentary to be gleaned from this film as you have indicated, but over all I think perhaps you are seeing more than is really there. Good for you. No I mean that. Whatever it takes to enjoy a movie, I say.
Posted on Sep 8, 2010 7:50:57 AM PDT
Sloppy D says:
This may not be for your kids, but for those of us that give our offspring an ounce of credit, it was perfect. Honestly, if your kids burst into tears or have nightmares after watching bloodless fights between sock puppets and robot monsters, both you and they need some coaching. Yeah, some parts were "creepy" (my 7-year-old's word), but kids generally like creepy. We do them no favors by "protecting" them from harmless films like "9."
But then I guess it takes all types, and generally goofy parenting styles aren't illegal. Everything's apparently too intense for some parents. Note I say "parents" and not "kids," as far too often kids are perfectly fine with a film until mom or grandma tells them it's too scary/violent/etc. Peruse customer comments on the Toy Story films and you'll parental objections. Just disconnect the TV, lock yourselves in and be done with it. We have to draw boundaries somewhere, but it would seem yours are way off in the fringe.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2010 8:00:02 AM PDT
Fallout Girl says:
I agree with you 100%. All this "protecting kids" nonsense is actually crippling them. I watched Alien when I was 12, and I'm a normal, successful, mentally stable adult.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 9:15:08 PM PDT
Patrice M. Christian says:
Everything this reviewer mentions as part of the plot in the spoiler section is in the movie, and is explained in plain English. It's not social commentary that he/she simply dreamed up. If you actually pay attention to the movie, you will get the entire back story about the scientist, the machine, the creations of the machine, the destruction of mankind, why the scientist made the dolls, how he put himself into them, all of that. The only thing not specifically alluded to is anything religious. The rest of it is all there. Don't make dismissive remarks about someone's review when you obviously were not paying attention to what was being said.
Posted on Jul 11, 2012 10:48:41 AM PDT
Just thought that I should add that, despite your statement about it being solely for adults, Elijah Wood stated in an interview that the movie was intended for children and adults. The point of people dying in the film was mentioned in the interview as well but he remained adamant about it. So maybe the ideas are too complex and it has a very brief scene that depicts (in an non-gruesome fashion) a man dying but it can still be watched by younger audiences. Ice Age had the babies mother die and I didn't hear people saying it wasn't for kids.
Posted on Oct 6, 2012 9:17:47 AM PDT
Guitarist of the Midwest says:
I enjoyed this movie to a degree, but the 2005 short film worked much better. It was a great concept that was poorly executed. If given another shot I'm betting they could have done it with a bit more 'oomph'.
Posted on Aug 20, 2013 10:57:01 AM PDT
Thank you! many people don't understand the message behind this great film! The kid I used to babysit was 7 when this came out and she loved it. It being "creepy" adds to the film. It all depends on how mature the child is.