Review of '9'

9.jpg Unbelievable. Truly incredible. This animation is based upon a short film created by Shane Acker when he was studying at university but expanded into a wonderful full-length movie.

It is a post-apocolyptic 1920s-ish world. But a world not as we know it with advances in robotics well beyond what was in our 1920s. The creations of man rebelled and humanity was defeated. The last survivors of civilization are 9 small fabric-encased creations that seek to survive in the harsh environment around them. 9 is the last of the creations and starts the film awakening in his creator's laboratory then embarking out into the strange, twisted world only to discover his brothers. 1 is determined not to repeat the mistakes that caused the problems with the planet in the first place and counters every move made by 9 to attempt to do anything.

Super bad-guys, compelling characters and a mesmerizing story make this one of the best Science Fiction films I have seen in years. Make no mistake, this is not a Saturday morning cartoon for the kids, there are complex story-lines and moral questions raised throughout that would bore all but the most comatose youngster. The animation is top-notch and all but believable.

Rating: “I have absolutely no complaints”

Review Date: 2011-09-20

Directed by: Shane Acker

Studio: Universal Studios

Year: 2010

Length: 76 minutes

Genre: Animation