Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
When our world ended their mission began.
When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good.
The reason why I love animated films is that they can transport you to any world imaginable and there is no limit to what can be brought to the screen. Many people I know underestimate animation as purely children's entertainment but when its done right it can be something truly special. Sadly however '9' isn't the revelation its promising opening and concept suggested it might have been.
The animation is simply superb and the backdrop of a desolate abandoned wasteland was for me instantly intriguing. I found the murky environment and overall bleak tone to be profoundly refreshing in the sea of sugar-coated animation films we are bombarded with. What lets this one down however is its meandering plot and…
Beginning life as a short animated feature, so admired by Tim Burton that he offered to co-produce, with Timur Bekhambetov, a full length work, Shane Acker's 9 (not to be confused with Rob Marshall's musical number released the same year) is very much an example of how not everything that starts small should be rendered on a bigger canvas. It took him half a decade to create the original short, revolving around the eponymous 9, a humunculus-type doll imbued with part of a human soul in a post-apocalyptic world, and you can tell he put a great deal of time, effort and love into the full picture that desperately tries to convey how much heart it has behind the admittedly…
and so i continued my descent into crispin glover hell
Truly gorgeous animation with some superb design work on all aspects of the world sadly let down by a linear story and some of the least interested sounding voice work I've seen in a while in an animated film.
When watching films together, me and my girlfriend tend to swap between who chooses what film to watch and often this means when it is her turn to choose, I will end up watching films that I often wouldn't bother with. 9 is one of those films and to be honest, I'm pretty sure the only reason this was selected was because Elijah Wood voiced the titular rag-doll.
In regards to the film, it's animation is nice to look at but as a whole, the film lacks. It lacks in character, general excitement and is very generic despite having a nice little package of potential. The characters are all formulaic and very cliche whereas the plot has been done to…
The animation was incredible, I just didn't get into the story at all.
Yeah, bet you forgot this existed.
So did I, but then I remembered.
It's great, underrated to fuck.
Rag Doll, Professor's little cutie.
Based off of an amazing short film, 9 loses something in translation to the big screen. The "stitchpunk" visuals are striking, and the apocalyptic worldbuilding are excellent, but there's a meandering nature of the film that can't be overcome. The weakest aspect of all is the ending, which although constant with the film, feels hollow given the expectations set up in the beginning- the world has life, at least, forged from a third of a 'soul'. Regardless, it's an enjoyable film and markedly unique.
1. Clever world building
2. Visually stunning
3. The design of the machines
4. The vinyl record sequence
5. Bold ending
6. Great voice acting
1. Too briskly paced
2. Story needed to be fleshed out more
The Verdict: A clever take on a post-apocalyptic setting that is hampered by not letting the story breathe enough.
You could tell this movie was a short film, because it just doesn't really work for a feature length one. It's got weird lore that might be more interesting in a video game or novel. The way new information is delivered within the story is very lazy, as is most of the movie in general. Still, the atmosphere and darkness of the film is something to appreciate.
Beautifully done in a new world that has a lot of possibility. Unfortunately it doesn't really seem to do as much with the possibility as it could do. So what you end up with is a film that starts of with the sky being the limit and at the end, although it has been largely fun and interesting, you feel a little let down.
It does a great job setting up its world, but then does very little with it. Indeed, the film seems to get worse as it goes along, finally petering out (after a stretched-out 80 minutes) with a ridiculously awful finale involving the passage of souls to heaven, or some such nonsense. It's jaw-droppingly terrible, and I would say it ruins the film if the script wasn't beset with similar kinds of awfulness throughout, including some rather lame dialogue and convoluted terminology. And every time Elijah Wood's character opens his mouth, I wanted to die, though that's more the fault of Elijah Wood than the script.
Still, the film itself is beautiful to behold, the action sequences are thrilling and easy to follow, and the whole thing unfolds with great attention to detail and a general sense of awe. If it was silent, I probably would've loved it. As it stands, it's merely good.
Beautifully Flawed, 9 was a favorite in my adolescence mind. Sadly, the movie really just falls apart upon a revisit. What keeps this movie even salvageable is its art design and atmosphere. The film is just teeming with creativity from the little potato sacks, the metal creatures they are hunted by, and the ruined world itself. The sense of decay and dread always keeps you visually interested. I love post apocalyptic settings; the fascist government building an AI and it destroying the human race is an amazing premise. Besides the art, the action sequences are energetic and clever, you are always on the edge waiting for another monstrosity to emerge.
So what's wrong with the movie: Basically everything else. For…
Not knowing much about the origin of this film I am guessing it was a short that got funded into a feature. I liked the imagery and the style. It was perfect for a short but the story lost something after a while. The story was obvious so not much need for exposition yet it existed. Also, there were too many questions about the transmutata vitae process which didn't quite seem like science to me. It was ok, but not great.
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