Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hollywood Product: 9

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 1:00 PM

click to enlarge PANDEMONIUM: 6 (voiced by Crispin Glover) is beset by visions in 9.
  • PANDEMONIUM: 6 (voiced by Crispin Glover) is beset by visions in 9.

GENRE: CGI sci-fi adventure

THE PITCH: In a post-apocalyptic city, robotic ragdolls (called “stitchpunks” in the production notes), including inquisitive 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood), find remnants of the war machines that destroyed humanity. It’s like Pinocchio vs. Terminator.

MONEY SHOTS: The film’s basically built around a series of set pieces of the stitchpunks fighting mechanical monsters, including the Cat Beast, which resembles a bionic feline skeleton; the hypnotic serpentine Seamstress; and the Fabrication Machine, which looks like a jerry-rigged version of one of the Sentinels from the Matrix movies. They’re cool, even though the action scenes prove somewhat repetitive, and feature two jumping-from-the-fireball clichés.

BEST LINE: “I don’t mind having just one eye. It allows me to concentrate on one thing at a time,” remarks mild-mannered 5 (John C. Reilly). Most of the other dialogue is too bland for me to remember.

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