In a world destroyed in a war between man and machine, a hand-stitched doll with the number 9 written on its back comes to life. The world he has awakened in is frightening, but he quickly learns that he is not alone and that there are others like him, also with a single digit written on their back. The first one he encounters is 2 who tells him something of what happened to the world. 2 is also thrilled with the disk 9 is carrying, one with three unique symbols on the front. 9 soon learns that the disk and some of the other dolls who are prepared to die for the good of humankind may be the last hope for man's salvation. Written by
1 tells 9 that he led the others to their current hideout, which he refers to as "sanctuary". The building happens to be the Notre Dame church, famously referred to as "sanctuary" in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". See more »
When 5's map blows away, it gets caught on a piece of wood, but then blows away further when 5 and 9 approach it. However, when 5 and 9 are in the cave, 7 knows that they are in there because she sees the map caught on the piece of wood. See more »
We had such potential. Such promise. But we squandered our gifts, our intelligence. Our blind pursuit of technology only sped us quicker to our doom. Our world is ending. But life must go on.
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Some of the end credits emerge from 9's talisman. See more »
Beautiful animation; undeveloped, incomplete story
This movie feels like it starts in the middle. I don't instinctively identify with robot rag dolls. So, for most of the movie I didn't care much about what happened to them because their plight, purpose, and origin are not explained at all until the movie is almost over. At that point, I felt like "Oh, okay, if they had explained that in the FIRST 15 minutes of the movie, I might have cared what happens". But they didn't explain it, and I didn't care what happened.
I won't even go into the conclusion of the "story", except to say that it makes no sense at all and is riddled with holes and ambiguity.
Yes, the animation is very nice. Yes, there are some decent action scenes. Those are the strongest points of the movie. But, honestly, beyond the unique look and style of the artwork, it's the same stuff, the same action, that you see in every other animated movie. Ho hum.
Summary: nice animation, cliché action, underdeveloped plot, and very little story to pull the (over age 16) viewer in.
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