International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year: Film 2009
Directed by Shane Acker
Screenplay Pamela Pettler
Produced by Tim Burton
Starring the voices of Elija Wood, John C Reilly, Christpher Plummer,
Crispin Clover, Jennifer Connelly and Martin Laundau
Sam North review
is in charge of marketing 9 in the UK they should be taken out
and shot. This is simply the most amazing, wonderful, visually
stunning and thrilling movie of the year and even though I am
happy to vote for UP as the best animation, this beats
the pants off any adult action movie that you care to mention.
It is simply awesome in the old fashioned sense.
There are strong
influences and you are channeling The Third Man set
in the devastation of post-war Europe, and Delicatessan
a post-nuclear devastated France.
Yet these are curious
battle scarred chain mail dolls you are worried about. Never mind a
scientist breathing his soul into these dolls and giving them life,
the director and writer have breathed soul and magic into a post-apocalyptic
world and instead of Arnie going there to wreak destruction and mayhem,
it is one curious doll number 9 who sets of a chain of events from the
moment of his birth. That the scientist who created them
had to die to give them life is a noble tragic touch and this film is
no Pinocchio. It is not cute, but it is gripping, exciting, with a fantastic
sound track from Danny Elfman.
9 voice by Elija Wood is the curious one, 1, voiced by Christopher Plummer
the conservative Archbishop who hides out in the ruined Cathedral, 8
is voiced by John C Reilly and isnt too bright but he is the protector,
six voiced by Crispin Glover is the mad visionary, 5, voiced by Fred
Tatsciore is the healer, 2 voiced by Martin Landau the frail one who
seems to embody the scientist who gave them life and 7 voiced by Jennifer
Connelly who is the brave one, the girl who is the smartest one of all.
3 and 4 are twins, the scholars who communicate with projected film.
The story is a quest. First to find 2 who has been stolen by the bird
like machine and dragged to the three towers where the machine lurks,
the enemy of all life.
9, curious to a fault has brought with him a talisman from the scientists
lab which has curious symbols on it. When they find their way into the
monsters lair it is 9 who accidentally brings the evil machine back
to life and sets in train a whole new reign of terror.
From this moment on it is a constant battle between the tiny dolls and
the most vicisous machine that sucks the very souls from the dolls.
This film cost $30 million to make and seems to have been snuck out
on one screen in the south of England without fanfare and yet it is
truly fantastic. To be sure it might scare the pants off anyone under
seven years of age, but the kids in the audience I was in survived and
had the time of their lives.
Save 9 from oblivion. Find it, make a special journey to see in on a
big screen. Adult or child it will be the most rewarding cinema experience
of the year.
© Sam North Nov 1st 2009
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