In a postapocalyptic world, rag-doll robots hide in fear from dangerous machines out to exterminate them, until a brave newcomer joins the group.
Runtime: 1hr 19m
Director: Shane Acker
Starring: Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Fred Tatasciore, Alan Oppenheimer, Tom Kane
Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/70113538
When I decided that I wanted to watch “9” I had no idea what it was about, I saw the small thumbnail on Netflix and thought the imagery looked really interesting. I’m so glad that I discovered it as I feel that it is one of Netflix’s many hidden gems that many people would overlook. I would definitely recommend watching it, if you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s animation style. However, whilst “9” may look cute from the images this is not a film for young children, my 8 year old enjoyed it but got a little scared in places.
“9” begins by showing a hand-stitched doll with the number 9 written on its back come 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.
The story is set in an alternate reality. While some of the features look very much like Earth, many of the details are different. There’s been a war raging and tanks are definitely of the WWI variety while airplanes are of the WWII style–yet there are also very modern holograms as well. It’s like Earth, but not our Earth. However, in this alternate reality there apparently is a Judy Garland and the song “Over the Rainbow”.
Most of the story, you have no idea what led to this ruined world that is now devoid of all life there are no animals, or people and there are not even any bugs. Slowly, some of the details of this apocalypse come out…but never is there ever a full explanation as to what happened or why – just drips of information here and there. Which is part of the reason I enjoyed the film so much, it leaves your own imagination to fill in the gaps. What you positively know is that instead of living beings, there are a group of very small and oddly designed burlap rag dolls with very high tech eyes. Why these dolls are there and their purpose is unknown to them, but some are just happy to hide and avoid the hellish mechanical creations that inhabit the rubble as well.
“9” explores the idea of humanity and what it means to be human. It does this by exploring themes such as friendship, curiosity and discovery, family and the fundamental question we all ask “why am I here and what is my purpose?” What makes the film so unique is that it projects these onto the main characters which are small rag doll like automatons who have been set with the task of undoing the wrongdoings of their creator.
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