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9 (Review)

Aun Ngo

Mon Nov 16 2009


BE TRANSPORTED to year, well, unknown. Where you and I no longer exist and the battle against the machine has been lost.

When the small rag doll, 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings), first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All the humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the landscape intent on doing them harm.

Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are ever to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place.

What follows is a sublime, heartwarming adventure where this most unlikely of heroes leads his troops into battle and, along the way, discovers that a band of miniature warriors may be the last hope for humanity.

Director Shane Acker has teamed up with Tim Burton (Alice In Wonderland, The Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch, Day Watch) to bring a visually-stunning animated fantasy epic to screen.

My only gripe of this movie would have to be the storyline. I had a few jumps off my seat, but apart from that, the plot is what we’ve come to expect from apocalyptic-themed films.

That said, 9 is still a great way to grant your brain 76 minutes of rest from the exam frenzy.