Movie: Nine

5 01 2009

Set to release 9-9-09, producer Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Sweeney Todd) and Timur Bekmambetov  (Wanted, Nightwatch) and director Shane Acker have created (what appears to be) a visually animated masterpiece – 9.

Based on a award-winning 2005 short film (by Shane Acker), 9 is set post-apocalyptic world overrun by machines.

— plot synposis from stealthfiction.com : “9 is a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened. 9 is based on Acker’s Academy Award-nominated 2005 film festival short.

“When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. The human race is dead and 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. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they’ll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.”

The group includes 1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Martin Landau), an aged inventor; 5 (John C. Reilly), a stalwart mechanic; 6 (Crispin Glover), a visionary and artist; and 7 (Jennifer Connelly), a brave warrior. I like Acker’s unique art style which could be described as a darker/post apocalyptic version of what Tim Burton use to do, with a touch of LittleBigPlanet.”

9 is full of ingenious creativity. And if the trailer doesn’t show this, then watch Shaun Acker’s short film-

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