Tuesday 29 Jul
 
 

Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
05/06/2014 | Comments 0

Sorcerer

William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
Science Fiction
 

9


None September 24th, 2009

9

"9" is another post-apocalyptic tale, only this time with no human survivors "” just nine little humanoid thingies made out of gloves and bits of burlap. These critters are besieged by a machine that was invented by a human scientist with more intelligence than smarts "” this same machine was responsible for the destruction of civilization. None of the nine have names, only numbers.

None of them can reproduce, so there's no chance of them becoming the dominant life-form.

When one of them is captured by the machine, most of the others, following the lead of 1, write the loss off as irreversible. Only the recently sentient 9 wants to organize a rescue. And that's the plot.

RESCUE EFFORT
Of course, the rescue effort is made and the suspense, such as it is, comes from wondering which of the thingies will survive. Since they can't reproduce and so even this simulated life will soon pass away, except as a lesson in existentialism, there isn't much point to any of this.

Produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted"), plus six others, this animated techno-Goth film is a visual treat, although it makes the Earth of "Wall-E " look like the Garden of Allah by comparison. It's the first full-length directing credit for Shane Acker and features the voices of Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connolly, Martin Landau, Crispin Glover and John C. Reilly.

Lovely to look at, boring to hear, easy to forget, "9" is less than the sum of its parts. I'd call it "4

 
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