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9 (Nine)

Released

Latest Home Video

Dec 29, 2009

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

80

Director

Shane Acker

TIm Burton

Cast

Elijah Wood

Jennifer Connelly

Crispin Glover. Christopher Plummer

John C. Reilly

Tim Burton.

Studio

2009 Focus Features / Universal

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OverallC+
ViolenceC
SexA
LanguageA
Drugs/AlcoholB+
Run Time80

Making the Grades

In a post-apocalyptic world, machines roam a barren and burnt landscape hunting down all that is left of humanity—a group of stuffed, sequentially numbered dolls who’ve been brought to life by a scientist.

The first recognition of consciousness for #9 (voice by Elijah Wood) happens at the moment his creator (voice by Alan Oppenheimer) dies. Confused and left alone in a secluded lab, the tiny burlap covered character makes his way out the room’s open door and stumbles upon another individual known as #2 (voice by Martin Landau). The enterprising #2 finds and implants a voice box in the newly animated figure, allowing him to speak. But before #2 can fill #9 in on all the details of their situation, a mechanical monster swoops down on the twosome and captures the inventive second edition rag doll.

Rescued from the frightful experience by a handful of other similarly fashioned characters (voices by John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Jennifer Connelly, and Fred Tatasciore), #9 is hurried into an old cathedral where he meets #1, an aging, Asian miniature (voice by Christopher Plummer) who has appointed himself commander of the cloth-covered figures. When #9 suggests that the group mount a rescue party to find #2, his idea is quickly shot down by the cloaked leader who believes hiding is the only way to stay alive.

Fortunately some of the others are willing to join the daring attempt to find their comrade. But the insurmountable odds these miniscule combatants face make their chance of survival look as small as they are. However this movie combines old standby villains (Nazi-like commanders contaminated with a thirst for power) and stereotypical characters (including a negatively portrayed ethnic figure, a large and dumb bodyguard and an athletic, tough female) with a script that is so overused it won’t leave anyone wondering about the eventual outcome.

Depictions of war, explosions and moments of peril make up most of this film’s content concerns. Yet the storyline often feels tedious and pretentious as it attempts to mimic a multitude of futuristic doomsday films. The production’s redeeming feature is the creative team’s innovative and clever animation that gives life to this progressive series of dolls. For animation aficionados, the CGI work may be enough to hold their interest through the dark and dreary battle sequences. But for entertainment seeking teens heading out to the theater, this story may feel too familiar to be worth the price of admission.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about 9 (Nine).

How is technology misused in this story? Are there real life examples of this type of exploitation?

How does #1 try to control the other dolls? How do leaders use fear as a weapon against their own people? What kind of personal sacrifices are portrayed?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, May Frighten Young Children.
AB PG Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended for Young Children.
MB PG Not Recommended for Young Children, Violence, Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Frightening Scenes.
QC G Not recommended for young children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of 9 (Nine)...

Release Date: 29 December 2009

9 on DVD is presented in widescreen, with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish. Special features include:

- Commentary with Writer/Director Shane Acker, Animation Director Joe Ksander, Head of Story Ryan O’Loughlin and Editor Nick Kenway.

- Featurettes: 9 - The Long and the Short of It, The Look of 9, Acting Out and 9 - The Original Short.

- Deleted Scenes

9 on Blu-ray is presented in widescreen, with audio tracks in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English) and DTS 5.1 (French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish. Bonus extras include:

- Commentary with Writer/Director Shane Acker, Animation Director Joe Ksander, Head of Story Ryan O’Loughlin and Editor Nick Kenway.

- Featurettes: On Tour with Shane Acker, 9 - The Long and the Short of It, The Look of 9, Acting Out and 9 - The Original Short.

- Deleted Scenes

- My Scenes

- U Control - Picture in Picture

- Blu-ray features: Pocket Blue App, BD Live and D-BOX

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