The Nines (Special Edition)
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A troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways.
Worlds collide in most unusual ways in The Nines, marking the feature directorial debut of John August, screenwriter of such offbeat wonders as Big Fish, Corpse Bride, and Titan A.E.. Ryan Reynolds plays Gary, a Hollywood television actor whose crack cocaine escapades land him under house arrest. A no-nonsense publicist (Melissa McCarthy) who specializes in rehabilitating bad-boy stars for public consumption keeps Gary in line until a sexy neighbor (Hope Davis) makes him wonder if his reality is truly all it seems to be. Indeed, once the question is asked, another world washes away the last one: this time Reynolds plays Gavin, a TV showrunner whose best friend (McCarthy) is dropped from his new series after a network executive (Davis) manipulates him. A watchful viewer of The Nines will begin to note that certain themes and bits of dialogue overlap the first two segments of the film, and that certain key lines (e.g., "Youre not a man") are laced with double meanings. A haunting resonance, a sense that everything is imbued with some unknown quality or secret, overtakes ones deepest experience of the movie. That feeling only grows in the final third of the story, in which Reynolds becomes Gabriel, a doting husband and father who leaves his wife (McCarthy) and child (Elle Fanning) with their stalled family car while he fetches help. Along the way he meets a wary stranger (Davis), and nothing is the same again. Everything loops into everything else in Augusts clever story, which taps into that profound sense of alienation and dislocation most of us feel at one time or another, and pushes it toward the realm of myth. Fans of Donnie Darko may well find The Nines equally intriguing. --Tom Keogh
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.53 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : John August
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 39 minutes
- Release date : January 29, 2008
- Actors : Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Elle Fanning, David Denman
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Producers : Bruce Cohen, Dan Etheridge, Dan Jinks
- Language : Unqualified, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000YW8RN6
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #107,609 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Still a very well done movie from cast, to writing that matches each individual Reynolds character and storyline, and an original viewpoint/tale on the oldest question out there. Definitely watch, just don't go into it hoping you will be thrilled beyond average. Going to watch again, and will be drawn back years from now if I come across it.
I love this thought...because in this theory, there is a place, somewhere, somehow, where I got it right. Where all the forces lined up as they were supposed to, and I managed to find the future that I was meant to be in. And maybe, through some circuitous route...I can figure out how to make HERE, mesh up with THERE...And it'll all come right in the end. :)
Lovely movie, well written, well acted. Definitely worth a viewing. :)
This movie I thought was gonna really suck when it started out. And it didn't not suck entirely, but it did get rather interesting as the movie went on (particularly after the 1st act ended, this movie presents itself in 3 acts per say). The 1st act just felt really weird and strange (and not in any meaningful way either), again I thought, oh man this could really suck.
But as it went on, there was a genuine element of intrigue. And there was some real existential/logistical/time-space conundrum type stuff going on.
However, I must say the conclusion and wrapping up of the storyline was a little disappointing for me personally. It just seemed weird and hard to swallow. It could be because of my cultural backdrop and theological predispositions. But I imagine many others will find the reveal kinda strange and hard to process. It just felt a little like "what" and "meh" and "really?"
So I will say the setup the became rather potentially interesting. And the string of riddles/mysteries were almost becoming compelling actually. So the idea had potential but was a less than worthy conclusion in my opinion. Acting was ok. Production was a little below average but tolerable. Not gonna say Ryan was cast perfectly, but he can be a little difficult to take seriously in a role like this.
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What didn't quite work for me is that there weren't enough piece of the puzzle offered up to the viewer to have fun trying to work out what was going on. Instead you just had to mostly accept the bafflement and wait to see what happened next. Which is fine is you like just the surreal, but rather frustrating if you prefer the extra fun of trying to figure out the pieces before the film gets there for you.
Of the three parts, as other people have said, the first story "The Prisoner" stands out head and shoulders above the rest. The actors all put in amazing performances, and the film skips easily between comedy, drama and the surreal (like characters bursting into musical numbers a la David Lynch). This could easily have been made into a film of its own, and would have been a winner at that.
The second part is cleverly written so you begin to see the overlaps with the first, but nothing is obvious. However, you feel that this was written around those overlaps, rather than being "coincidence" and so the story is thin and contrived. The third section is in some respects the key, but I found by far the weakest of the three. I was trying to work out the link to tie the movie together and didn't really care about the characters. It wasn't that the acting wasn't great, but I was too wrapped up in the film as a whole to pay much attention.
All in all, I would say a great movie, that doesn't really fall into the sci-fi/fantasy genre, but I think this is the audience that it would appeal to most. Also, fans of David Lynch and people who enjoyed Stranger Than Fiction a couple of years ago. Sort of Donny Darko-lite.
So why four stars and not five? As I mentioned above, the second and third parts of the film are weaker than the whole, and the special effects department should be docked a week's pay for the awful computer generated effect that we see close to the end.
Overall, I got the impression that the cast and crew loved making this film, and it shows. The film is littered with nice touches, like using McCarthy's real life husband to play her husband in the last scene. It made sense, and when you see the movie you'll know why.
Definitely recommended. But maybe one for rental if you're not a die hard fan of off the wall movies.