9 is a 2009 American computer-animated sci-fi action film directed by Shane Acker, written by Pamela Pettler, and produced by Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov and Jim Lemley. The film stars Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau and Fred Tatasciore.
When 9 (Elijah Wood) springs to life, it finds itself in a post-apocalyptic world where humans no longer exist, and the only signs of life are sentient rag dolls like itself and the machines that hunt them. Though it is the youngest of the group, 9 convinces comrades that the only way to survive against the machines is to stop hiding, go on the offensive, and find out why the machines want to destroy them. As 9 and the group learn, civilization hinges on their success or failure.
Why It Rocks
- Spectacular animation.
- Well done soundtrack, composed by Deborah Lurie & Danny Elfman.
- Interesting characters.
- Well-written story.
- Amazing voice acting.
- Intense and exciting moments.
- It is pretty emotional.
- Well-made character development.
- There are some funny moments. Such as:
- Meeting 9, 7 and 5.
- The Stitchpunks celebrating the destruction of the factory while the phonautograph plays "Over the Rainbow".
- Even though this film can be liked by some people, it's not really all that appealing to newcomers, making them hard to get into it.
- It not as good as the trailer.
Its opening weekend landed it at #2 behind I Can Do Bad All By Myself with approximately $10,740,446 and $15,160,926 for its five-day opening. The film has grossed US$48,428,063 worldwide.
The film receives mixed to some positive reviews from critcs and the moviegoers. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a film a 57% based on 184 reviews and average rating of 5.9/10. The website's critical consensus states: "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." Metacritic scores the film a 60/100, based on reviews from 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, saying it is "beautifully animated and intriguingly unwholesome... nevertheless worth seeing". The general sentiment by critics is that the film is "long on imaginative design but less substantial in narrative." Variety's Todd McCarthy says, "In the end, the picture's impact derives mostly from its design and assured execution."