9: Proving That A Great Animated Movie Doesn't Have To Be Made By Pixar
Animated movies generally are put into two categories: Pixar and everyone else. While other movies such as "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" proved to be fun and entertaining they don't take the risks that a lot of Pixar movies do. The reason this has become the case is that Pixar movies make sure the story provides as much substance as the images they put up on screen. However, this is not the case with "9" a movie that manages to make a post apocalyptic movie that rivals "WALL-E".
The story of "9" revolves around a scientist who has created a machine that is as intelligent as he is. This machine is soon taken by the military, only to turn on humanity and build more machines in its image. This leaves the world destroyed and without a trace of human life. In fact, aside from the machines the only life that exists is the last creations of the aforementioned scientist. These creations are dolls that look like burlap sacks and they too contain human intelligence.
The first one we are introduced to is 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood). He wakes up with no knowledge of the events that have taken place or the ability to speak, and goes out into the world to find answers. He meets 2 (voiced by Oscar winner Martin Landau) who enables him to speak and then is taken away by a machine. This leads to him meeting 2's protégé 5 (voiced by John C. Reilly) who takes him to meet 1 (Christopher Plummer) and 6 (Crispin Glover). 1 is their de facto leader and tries to dissuade 9 and 5 from going out and finding 2. They go anyway and this is where the movie picks up.
Like "WALL-E" the film is light on dialogue but that should not dissuade you from going because the action sequences are incredible and the visuals are absolutely stunning; a blend of stop motion with CGI to create some of the most realistic animation I've ever seen.
The voice work is top notch and while the film was shorter then I would've liked, I still felt the story contained a lot of interesting ideas and I look forward to more films from rookie director Shane Acker. This film won't beat "Up" for the Best Animated Feature Oscar but it will finish a close second.
If you're not looking for an animated movie you can also check out:
- Horror film "Sorority Row" which features a shotgun-toting Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia). That alone is worth the price of admission;
- Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All By Myself".
Thank you for reading and stay tuned as I gain ten pounds with "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs".
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By Chauncey Telese