9 is more than just a number

14 Oct

The number 9 is not your ordinary animated film of cute characters and a simple story. It is a post-apocalyptic tale of Frankenstein-like doll characters trying to survive in a world that seems to have loss all sense of humanity.  The characters look like something you would find if Tim Burton and Trent Reznor were hanging out for a spell.  Each number signifies the order, in which they were created with 9 (Elijah Wood) being the final creation.  The numbers all have different characteristics and talents that make it easy for an audience to discern. It reminded me of Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory in action.

Director and co-writer Shane Acker’s rag doll character was first introduced in 2005 with his eleven minute short film. Four years later, Burton and Timur Bekmambetov help Acker bring these characters to life with an all star cast, Wood, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover and Jennifer Connelly. 9 is much more than a number.

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: A-

Adam’s Grade: B-

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