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I went to go see 9 today and paid homage to one of the gods in my movie making pantheon, Tim Burton.

"9" is the newest movie from superstar film maker, Tim Burton and director Shane Acker, director of "Wanted." The movie stars Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Martin Landau, Crispin Glover, and Christopher Plummer.

Here's the deal: 9 (Elijah Wood), a doll-like being is created by a scientist that sets up the movie by telling the audience that humanity is dead and that life must go on. (It's a feel good movie.) 9 meets 2, a mechanically inclined doll guy. 9 and 2 are soon attacked. 2 gets taken right off the bat and 9 barely escapes, wandering into 5, (John C. Reilly) and the rest of the numbered dolls along the way. The doll people are trying to survive after a war between humans and machines has wiped out humanity and seemingly almost everything else. The remnants of the machines and human technology is left. The doll people are scrounging what left over scraps they can to hide from the machines. 9 and the rest go on an adventure to find out where the machines came from and to save 2.

It's ok. All of the story elements are there, but I think that the movie lacks subtlety and there are some pacing issues. The acting is well done. John C. Reilly and Elijah Wood are very good in this movie. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that Reilly was in this.

Burton's influence is heavily prevalent throughout the barely feature length film and seems to be cheapened by Shane Acker's direction. Let's just say that Acker has got to pull a diamond out of his ass to make up for the abortion of a film that was Wanted. It seems like Acker has all of the pieces, but doesn't know how to put them together.

The animation in this film carries the post-apocalyptic, war-beaten aesthetic throughout. Its retro-futuristic setting is really cool.

I give this one a B-, because of Acker and the short length. Go see it. It's still a Burton film. It's good.


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Sep. 18th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
I plan on seeing this. And congrats for making me sign into LF for the first time in years it seems.
Sep. 18th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
No Problem. I plan on making this a regularly updated blog, so keep in touch.
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