September 9, 2009, - 3:14 pm
Because today is 09/09/09, the auspiciously named movie, “9” also debuts in theaters.
The animated movie isn’t for kids. It’s creepy and scary. But, despite its obvious anti-war and anti-technology message, I liked it anyway because of its high-quality animation, story, and charm.
It’s the story of “9”–a puppet like burlap figure that is half-robot/half-stuffed doll–so-named because it is the ninth and most advanced such model designed by a now-deceased scientist. It’s the future and man has destroyed man, due to technology and war. (Could have done without that Unabomber-esque message–that technology and machines were invented by a Hitler-like dictator) though I do think some technology is scary “Brave New World” stuff). The only thing left are machines and some of the nine models of robot-like dolls with human qualities. While some of the models want to give up and die, “9” convinces them otherwise–that they must fight the machines to survive.
9 and the other characters are voiced by great actors like Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau and current actors like John C. Reilly.
Like I said, the animation is terrific, the movie is relatively short, and though it’s a very bleak movie, it’s entertaining and hopeful at the end. Also a bonus is the acknowledgement at movie’s end of a higher spirit–i.e., G-d–beyond the robots and machines.
Yes, the post-futuristic, armageddon, war-is-bad movies are getting tiresome. But this one was among the better ones.
TWO AND A HALF REAGANS
Watch the trailer:
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