Critic Consensus: Although its story is perhaps too familiar and less complex than some might wish, 9 is visually spectacular, and director Shane Acker's attention to detail succeeds in drawing viewers into the film's universe.
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Critic Reviews for 9
This film will surely be remembered as an intriguing failure: a triumph of ambition over ability, of ideas over emotional resonance - just another grim fairy tale for these troubled times.
There's no denying that Acker has a knack for bleak landscapes and an inventive salvage-yard approach to character design, but his narrative skills are less developed.
In movies, our technology is so often the ruin of us. We got that message from Stanley Kubrick way back when, and we get it now. But couldn't filmmakers let something else ruin us for a change? Even the apocalypse needs variety.
The worst thing you can say about 9 is that it's the look, not the script, that keeps your interest.
It's easy to see why Acker's gifts caught the attention of these directors; he's a visual craftsman of no little promise. Now if he can just stitch together a story with the same loving care that went into creating those digital burlap dolls...
Audience Reviews for 9
Based on the similarly themed animated short film this dark and visually stunning adventure follows a number of puppet-like creatures that seem to be all that's left with a soul in a post-apocalyptic world, where the machines dominate. The lovable main characters, that show more expressions just through their eyes than some actors with their entire faces wander through gloomy landscapes and ruins fighting fantastic and terrifying opponents. That may not be much of a story, especially the final solution falls a bit short, but is very entertaining, enthralling and visually most impressive. Especially the original and fun action sequence have you sit on the edge of your seat. I certainly would not mind revisit this world, especially with the small ray of hope the ending has in store, for further adventures with the likable fellows. Younger kids should probably stay away from the film, considering the dark atmosphere and menacing attacks. Still, highly recommended for being different and very unusual.
the forces of intolerance are at havoc yet again, and so a hero will rise. is it the guy who thinks if you hide then mr. bad man will go away? what about the guy who thinks more muscle is the answer? or the hottie who wants to face evil all by herself cause nobody's man enuff? like so many films nowadays, here's another visual eyeful, creative and stunning, but the story could use a little pep, yah? a nice one nonetheless.
Cold and lifeless (no pun intended), 9's worst offense isn't its mediocre visuals or underutilized cast - though it does have both - but rather, its flimsy plot that could easily have been crafted by a seven year old and its baffling lack of sophisticated dialogue or character development.
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