9 (2009)

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Animation, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  89 min.
Release Date: September 9, 2009
DVD: December 29, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 3.88
based on 175 votes and 36 reviews
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Cast: Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Fred Tatasciore

Synopsis

The time is the too-near future. Powered and enabled by the invention known as the Great Machine, the world's machines have turned on mankind and sparked social unrest, decimating the human population before being largely shut down.

But as our world fell to pieces, a mission began to salvage the legacy of civilization; a group of small creations was given the spark of life by a scientist in the final days of humanity, and they continue to exist post-apocalypse. Another of their own, #9 (voiced by Elijah Wood), emerges and displays leadership qualities that may help them survive and possibly even thrive. The conflicted but resilient tribe already includes #1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran and the group's longtime leader; #2 (Martin Landau), a kindly but now-frail inventor; #3 and #4, scholarly twins who communicate nonverbally and mostly with each other; #5 (John C. Reilly), a stalwart and nurturing engineer; #6 (Crispin Glover), an erratic artist beset by visions; #7 (Jennifer Connelly), a brave and self-sufficient warrior; and #8 (Fred Tatasciore), the none-too-bright muscle and enforcer for #1.

With their group so few, these "stitchpunk" creations must summon individual strengths well beyond their own proportions in order to outwit and fight against still-functioning machines, one of which is a marauding mechanized beast. In the darkness just before the dawn, #9 rallies everyone of his number to band together.

Director: Shane Acker
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Shane Acker, Jim Lemley, Tim Burton, Dana Ginsburg, Timur Bekmambetov
Screenplay: Pamela Pettler
Official Site: www.9themovie.com

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  • 4 stars "It was neat and creative, dark and ominous, enjoyed everything but the ending - pure cheese!!"
  • 3 stars "feel like i've wasted my money! good animation, but eak plot. too little action. expected more. acting good"
  • 5 stars "this movie was really good but in a way it could have been better because for one there could have been a lot of action that of course is not for young children and in my opinion this movie should have been rated between 14A for teens or 18A for adults"