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
The first ten minutes have almost no dialogue -- much like the dialogue-free 11-minute short film that this movie is based upon, 9 (2005). See more »
When 1 marks 2's number off on the calendar, it is under Thursday. 3 and 4 (also marked off) are on Friday and Saturday. Sunday's number on the next week cannot be seen, but then Monday is numbered 5, and the numbers continue from there, ending on 10 for Saturday. The following week follows the same pattern, skipping Sunday, then starting on Monday with 11, then 12, 13 before the calendar can no longer be read. 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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There are no opening credits, beyond the production logos and the title. See more »
The movie is carried by a unique visual style and a great sense of "place." The sack-men (and woman) are refreshingly odd and fun to watch. The post-apocalyptic city is consistently beautiful and dangerous. Desolate without feeling dull.
Unfortunately, the story and characters ARE dull. Not crushingly so... but enough to frustrate. Frequent, obvious plot holes and violations of established world-rules pulled me out of the movie over and over again. Tired clichés abound. I wasn't able to shake the feeling that I'd seen and heard this all before.
And that's a shame because there's a lot of potential here. If only the writer had taken more chances. Why not challenge the audience and defy expectations? Why make a movie that's too scary for kids but too simplistic for adults? Who is expected to enjoy it?
I would watch another Shane Acker movie if one is made (hopefully after he's picked a target audience). But 9 is not a classic.
... that said, it's probably worth watching on the big screen just for the sights and sounds.
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