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From visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and Academy Award®-nominated director Shane Acker comes this visually stunning and original epic adventure. In the final days of humanity, a dedicated scientist gives the spark of life to nine of his creations. The world has turned into an unrecognizable landscape of machines and spare parts, but this group of nine finds that if they band together, their small community might just be able to change the course of history. Featuring the voice talents of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly and Crispin Glover, it’s a thrilling, suspenseful story critics call “Spellbinding!” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
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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.
It appears civilization halted sometime around 1940, there appears to have been a great war. We have no idea how much time has gone by between then and when this story begins. The only things still moving are a dinosaur skeleton-like killing machine, and a group of tiny hand made toys that appear to be alive. These toys have numbers painted on their backs (used as names), the higher the number the more advanced they appear to be.
Sometime during the great war, a scientist was forced to build an intelligent machine that has the ability to make any other machines it needs. Suspecting the ability of his machine to be used for evil, the scientist created nine little mechanical toy people to try to save life, and transferred his soul into them giving them life energy but costing him his life after he builds #9. At first the intelligent machine builds military hardware (that looks a lot like something from the 1977 Star Wars or the 2005 War Of The Worlds movies). Eventually it turned against all life killing everything from grass to insects to animals.
The story is thin on details of what came before or why things are the way they are now, sort of a mid-story brief glimpse into this tiny struggle to out-survive the only remaining killing machine. Even though the characters in this film look like cute retro toys this is not a story for little children. While there are no humans and no blood the deaths and the injuries these little folks suffer might be very scary for little humans today. It is likely to be frightening to children because of the realistic expressions of shock and horror on the faces of the toys as they witness the demise of the other toys.
This movie is short, perhaps an hour and a quarter long. It moves along at a good clip and leaves little time with no action. It borrows themes from several prior films, like War of the Worlds, Terminator, and Star Wars. Many of the scenes take place just a few inches above the ground creating a very original perspective for a movie.
If you are into; history, retro, WW2, action/adventure, steampunk, or sci-fi then this movie is likely to please again and again. Most of the film is very photo-realistic.
9 is probably one of the best animated films in many years and while it was overshadowed by the likes of WALL E and UP, it isn't any less impressive. Put the kids to bed and give this one a shot, its really a great film.
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