In this spectacularly animated post-apocalyptic, post-human world, nine numbered doll creatures (known by the number stitched into their backs) must battle for survival against machines intent on the annihilation of any remaining life. 9 (Wood), the youngest and most brave of the group is also the inspirational hero of the film's story. Director Acker uses the small band of survivors as a proxy for the range of characteristics found in humankind, from the most heroic and caring to the basest and most destructive, to hold a mirror up to current human condition. The dialogue and story development are both a little light but the detailed animated action more than compensates for it.
Shane Acker's 9 is a vision of a mesmerizing, terrifying, futuristic world that heralds a new voice in the world of computer animation ... for about two minutes. Then tricky things like plot, dialogue, character, and voice work come into the picture and 9 collapses like a sock puppet with ...Read More