By the time I sat down to watch 9, I had pretty much lost all interest. But I decided to see it anyway, in hopes it was “the next big thing”. Well, it wasn’t, but in its defense, 9 is a very imaginative flick.
The theater was full of kids, which reminds me people are stupid and maybe parents should bother to look into the subject matter of a movie, animated or otherwise, before taking their kids to see it. 9 is not for kids. This movie is PG-13, and rather bleak. Whatever.
Directed by Shane Acker, who also wrote the story (the screenplay was by Pamela Pettler), 9 tells the story of a few, um, characters living a post-apocalyptic world. It goes deeper than that, but I don’t do spoilers, so there.
There’s a steampunk vibe to go with the post-apocalyptic vibe here, and really, neither one of those…genres…is my thing. In my opinion, the movie doesn’t really look very Burtonian, although Tim Burton is a producer. I don’t know, I guess I’m picky that way.
The voice cast is strong here, led by Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly, although I’ll admit I didn’t know it was them. I did immediately recognize John C Reilly. He has a certain cadence to him, and it works very well with his character.
9 is actually a thought provoking message movie, but it didn’t make me think all that much. I wasn’t blown away, but I definitely appreciate the inventiveness of Acker and crew. This will make a good rental.