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September 9th, 2009


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11:03 pm - 9 for a Lost God
9, expanded from a short film, is an animated post-apocalyptic tale featuring "stitchpunk" characters that look like little rag dolls brought to life—which is essentially what they are. In the first few minutes, we see the creation of 9, our hero. There are eight other numerically named characters, all with distinct personalities (except for the twins). They live in a desolate wasteland and battle giant steampunk beasties.

9 looks fantastic. Everything is so crisp and clear that there were certain objects that looked real and sometimes I thought that the characters could have been claymation, they were so tangible. Yet they move very fluidly. The character designs, both for the heroes and the beasties, are a treat to watch and examine. The sound design is also great.

The characters that are supposed to be likable are, but 1 is a bit too stereotypical in his characterization. The twins are a hoot. And the most badass character is the only female character (Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 will KICK YOUR ASS).

Most of 9 is an exciting adventure, but the real meat of it is a slight disappointment. For all the originality in the look of everything, the reason for the apocalypse is the same old thing, and the scenes explaining it are unintentionally amusing. I was more pleased with the answer to the major question the viewer has throughout the movie: Why were these creatures made? Why are they alive? What is their purpose? I thought it was a nice idea, although it then led to a rather strange ending. There were many questions inherent in the premise that I thought the movie would explore that it didn't, although they were touched on a little.

It's visually spectacular and very entertaining, but I wish the story were a little more satisfying. Regardless, it's very cool and worth seeing.
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From:beeker121
Date:September 10th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
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I am so excited about this movie. I have no idea when I'm going to have the time to see it, but I'm going to make time in the near future. It's a bummer that the story doesn't match the excitement of the visuals, but from what I've seen of the previews the visuals will keep me plenty entertained.
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From:the_narration
Date:September 12th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
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When I watched the original short film a couple weeks ago, one of the things that was really neat about it was how effectively it told its story without any dialogue. As such I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed when I passed by the Neptune Theater on Wednesday and saw a bunch of actors listed on the marquee. (I had to check IMDB to make sure that they were actually voicing characters in the movie. It would be just like the Neptune's sense of humor to list a bunch of random people as being voice actors in a movie with no dialogue. This is the same theater whose marquee has listed all three Spiderman movies as "starring Bruce Campbell.")

I'd certainly like to see it, but between that and your review, I can't help but wonder if in expanding it, they've also diminished it.


(Happy birthday, by the way. I swear, it feels like you just had one and now you're having another.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 12th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I watched the short film after the movie, and I found the lack of dialogue interesting. It would have been interesting to try to keep it like that for a feature.

(Happy birthday, by the way. I swear, it feels like you just had one and now you're having another.)
Heh. Thanks. I got your package, by the way! Thanks!! It may be a while before I watch them, but I'm excited to have DVDs so I can finally check this Noir shit out.
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From:the_narration
Date:September 13th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
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Now I find myself wondering if anyone's ever made a feature film with no dialogue (excluding silent films). I feel like there's been one, but I can't think of it.

I got your package, by the way! Thanks!! It may be a while before I watch them, but I'm excited to have DVDs so I can finally check this Noir shit out.
No prob. I think you'll enjoy it. I just hope those discs work right... this is the first time I've used this method.
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From:latropita
Date:September 13th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
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I totally agree! The story was almost bafflingly generic, but it was visually cool enough that I came out of it pretty happy.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 13th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
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bafflingly generic
Ha ha ha, that's a great way of putting it. It's like, "Seriously? The humans made robots and the robots revolted? That's your apocalypse? That's...all you could come up with? Seriously?" At least the stuff with the Scientist was pretty cool.

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