Review: Animated Movie “9”

Just finished watching “9”, the animated film by Shane Acker. I have to admit I was disappointed overall. The plot was slow to develop, and then the ending left me feeling as though the whole thing was an exercise in futility.

The general premise (spoiler alert) is really just Skynet with rag dolls and not-actually-Nazis-but-clearly-Nazis. The idealistic scientist creates an artificial brain, and is then shocked when the government wants to use it for war instead of just building cool toys. The artificial brain eventually realizes that the world would be a lot better without humans, and thus turns it’s enormous war arsenal against humans and kills us all. Fortunately for us, the scientist created 9 little rag dolls and gave each of them a part of his soul. When the rag dolls use the soul talisman to defeat the artificial brain, then… Well, fuck if I know. We end the movie with the soul pieces from the five dead rag dolls ascending into the clouds and causing it to rain, while the remaining four rag dolls say “this world is ours now.”

Umm, did I miss something? What the hell was the point of this? Apparently there’s no humans left, and we’ve got four rag dolls that as far as anyone can tell have no way to reproduce that have inherited the war ravaged, corpse littered world.

Yeah, sorry, just doesn’t really connect with me as an audience member. At least in the Terminator movies you’re always left with the impression that if the humans can finally defeat Skyney, we can repopulate the world. When our rag doll proxy saviors accomplish the final victory it seems enormously empty and fruitless.

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