The movie 9 (2009) is an eye-candy animated film for a tale about the apocalypse. It’s packed with original characters and ideas but I’m afraid it ends with the audience asking for something more…
This is not to say that 9 is a bad film because it isn’t. It actually has a number of those elements which make an animated film nice to watch. Let’s start with the visuals and the sounds. I will give the film an A for its portrayal of the post apocalyptic landscape and the look of the characters. The light effects and the choice of music are also also okay. In fact, you would want to watch it for the visuals alone.
9 is also rich of inventive ideas. The look of the characters – dolls made from burlap sack is refreshing. The differences in their traits and in how they were made and stitched up also adds creativity points to the movie. However, I wish each character had more story in them, more character”.
What the film lacked however is a relevant plot. There have been too many movies on how too much technological greediness can bring an end to mankind and this film delivers the same old, formulaic, dragging story. The only thing that sets it apart from the others are the dolls, which didn’t even have that much distinctive nature.
I also have to note that I was hoping that the film – and doll 9 – could actually redeem itself come the ending. I was looking for an uplifting moment since pretty much the entire film displayed a depressive mood. Instead of being enlightened however, I felt that I was left with “What Now?” Yes, they got rid of the machine but then all the other dolls have been destroyed already… so what happens next?
Overall, I could say that 9 displayed an impressive execution of inventive ideas. However, it lacked a good story which will supposedly make this patchwork of creative outputs a masterpiece.