Posted on 9/14/09 12:56 AM
In the distant future, we create machines for the good of mankind, to produce our weapons and help fight our wars. The machines turn on us, leaving humanity in the dust. Where have we heard this all before? Sounds similar to "The Terminator" series and other films set in a post-apocalyptic world, but for some reason, Shane Acker's "9" is a breath of fresh air. Based on Acker's short film of the same name (with no dialogue), the story centers around a group of rag dolls: the mysterious 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood), the curious 2 (Martin Landau), the nervous 5 (John C. Reilly), the skillful 7 (Jennifer Connolly), the odd 6 (Crispin Glover) and the stubborn leader 1 (Christopher Plummer). When 9 arrives, he carries a device that is capable of awaking "The Brain," a powerful machine that can create others like it. When the machine is awoken, 9 and the others must come out of hiding and defeat it, while searching to discover their blurry origin. Ok, my summary doesn't sound to great, I apologize. It's hard to write a review on a movie that only lasts for 79 minutes. You'll practically give everything away, however I hope you get the jist of it. Sure, the story, which isn't horrible as some scribes are labeling it as, isn't quite reaching for uncharted territory. However, Acker's little movie is a visual wonder. It's a world where every detail is accounted for; a world you actually want to get lost in. So don't spend too much time on complete logic or trying to second-guess what is going on. Just sit back, and let this film engulf you.