Genre Guesstimation – 9 (2009)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Becky of Film Music Central We will be reviewing our favorite Cyberpunk Movies.

According to Wikipedia

Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a future setting that tends to focus on society as “high tech low life” featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as information technology and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.

Great choice Becky!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Cyberpunk Movies…

9“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.” – Scientist

Number of Times Seen – 2 (3 Dec 2009 and 22 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – In a post apocalyptic world, 9 animated puppets must try to save the world from evil robots.

My Take on it – This film works quite well on numerous levels.

First of all, the look of the animation and the effects are truly wondrous to watch.

The idea of having all 9 main characters be distinctly different (like arts of ones brain or personality) works extremely well and reminded me of the use of personalities in 12 Angry Men (1957)

The voice cast here is truly steller with Elijah Wood, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connely and Crispin Glover all injected lots of energy into their characters.

The (slight) problem here is tha the story feels extremely simplistic and unoriginal despit having had the potential for even more.

Bottom Line – Amazing animation helps make this film a real wonder to watch. Loved the diverse personalities of the different characters who each symbolize a part of their creator’s personality. Voice cast is stellar.  Film lacks a bi because the story doesn’t seem as original as one would hope, but is still enjoyable non-the-less. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shane Acker first made 9 (2009) as a ten minute short film while he was still at UCLA. It was nominated for Best Animated Short at the Oscars, and although it didn’t win, Acker was offered the chance to expand it into a feature film. It follows the same basic plot, but more characters have been added, they have the ability to talk now, and the reason for the world’s destruction is explained in more detail. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close, but the story isn’t as strong and engaging as one could hope for.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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