Posts Tagged ‘john c. reilly

21
Sep
09

Movie Review: 9

nine

 

Burlap sack guys vs. The Machine

Starring the voices of Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, and Martin Landau. Story and direction by Shane Acker

In this post-apocalyptic animated movie, “9” (Wood) wakes alone in a house. Without the ability to speak or understand who/what he is, he ventures out into a world that looks like it’s been to hell and back. As his curiosity leads him around he’s discovered by “2,” (Landau) another of his kind. After “2” is taken by a robot dog he makes it to a church which is the sanctuary for others of his kind: “5,” (Reilly) a tinkerer who was best friends with “2;” “1,” (Plummer) the leader of the group; and “8,” (Fred Tatasciore) a big, brawny “protector.”

“9” hatches a plan with “5,” to rescue “2.” In the process they run into “7,” (Connelly) a revolutionary heroine and “3 and 4,” twins who catalog and replay information they collect. When “9,” unknowingly awakes the Machine the situation becomes dire and now the group of creations must fight for the lives.

That’s as much as I’ll say about the movie. It’s difficult to love this type of movie because, let’s face it, the post-apocalyptic world isn’t easy to love. The idea that Man creates Machines that turn against him and inevitably destroy him isn’t exactly cheery. It may happen. Our vision of the future has changed from “Things to Come,” to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” and we’ve all become complacent and are just waiting for it to happen.

But let me get back to the movie. Overall, I liked it. It didn’t feel so much “kid”-oriented as it was an animated movie for adults. That’s not to say that children couldn’t watch the movie but post-apocalyptic allegory is a bit much for anyone under the age of 10. I remember when “The Black Cauldron” was looked down upon because the main character had self-esteem issues.

What the movie does have going for it is a solid story. Sure, there are things that are overlooked (e.g. how a character learns to speak) but that doesn’t get into the way of a story about a scientist’s redemption for creating a Machine that became mis-used by the military and turned against mankind. It unravels as a mystery and when you finally understand what happened to society you see why this rag-tag group has to survive.

The message that comes from the film is this: intellect is no replacement for the human soul. Each of the nine creations is a part of the scientist’s soul. His intellect is the heart, and brain, of The Machine. In the end it’s cold calculation versus the want to survive.

Should you go see this? While I was impressed with some of the technology and it is a well-made story (with a few fantastical elements) I have to say this one may be a rental. Animated movies are generally kid-fare (save “American Pop,” “Heavy Metal” or the like) but I’m not sure I would make a kid under 10 watch this because they may get bored or upset with the beginning visuals of rusted and decayed vehicles and buildings or dead people. Just my thoughts.

My grade: A-

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26
May
08

Movie News and Views Memorial Day Edition

 

 

 

“The Promotion” – Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly are supermarket managers vying for a managerial position at a new location. Will this inspire other like-wise films? Maybe competition among Wal-Mart employees? Whatever. Opens June 6, 2008. View the trailer at:

http://movies.aol.com//movie/the-promotion/33211/video/trailer-no-1/2120893

 

“Quid Pro Quo” – Nick Stahl is a guy who is paralyzed and is investigating a world where people get their kicks from becoming disabled. He’s led into this world by none other than Vera Farmiga. It could be worse… Opens June 13, 2008. View the trailer at:

http://movies.aol.com//movie/quid-pro-quo/32557/video/trailer-no-1/2124402

 

“Finding Amanda” – Matthew Broderick is a compulsive gambler sent to Las Vegas to find his 20-year-old niece Amanda (Britney Snow), who is now a hooker, and take her to rehab. No, no, no. Opens June 27, 2008. View the trailer at:

http://movies.aol.com//movie/finding-amanda/33831/video/trailer-no-1/2124401

 

“The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” – It’s been years since “Mummy 2” and now Alex O’Connell is grown up and having an adventure, facing a cursed Chinese Emperor named Qin, who had his enemies turned into statues and can use that at his will at any time. This probably sounds cooler than it will end up being. Opens August 1, 2008. View the trailer at:

http://www.worstpreviews.com/trailer.php?id=748&item=0

 

“Eagle Eye” – Michelle Monaghan is a single mother and Shia LeBeouf is a slacker. Both are framed as terrorists and are on the run. Opens September 26, 2008. View the trailer at:

http://www.worstpreviews.com/trailer.php?id=1001&item=0

 

“City of Ember” – 200 years ago a city was built underground with a limited amount of power and resources. Time’s up. Stars Tim Robbins and Bill Murray. Opens October 10, 2008. View the trailer at:

http://movies.aol.com//movie/city-of-ember/30240/video/trailer-no-1/2128415

 

“Australia” – Word War II period piece with Nicole Kidman inheriting a ranch the size of Maryland and Hugh Jackman as the guy she reluctantly gets to help her drive 2,000 head of cattle across the country. Hugh’s not the only one who would do that for her… Opens November 14, 2008. View the trailer at:

http://www.worstpreviews.com/headline.php?id=8684

 

“Twilight” – The new MTV-produced vampire movie. Stars Kristen Stewart. Opens December 12, 2008. View the trailer at:

http://movies.aol.com//movie/twilight-2008/31347/video/trailer-no-1/2123869

 

“Bigger, Stronger, Faster” – A new documentary about America’s addiction to being the best, which just so happens to have a little side-effect called Steroid Abuse. Really? That’s what I get for wanting to get “pumped up” like Hans and Franz. Coming soon! View the trailer at:

http://movies.aol.com//movie/bigger-stronger-faster/32516/video/trailer-no-1/2122790

 

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – From director David Fincher (“Seven,” “The Game,” “Fight Club,” “Zodiac”) is a movie based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, where a man is born whose outside age regresses while he grows up and old. The title character is played by Brad Pitt. Coming soon! View the trailer at:

http://www.worstpreviews.com/trailer.php?id=168&item=0

 

“Noise” – Tim Robbins is an angered-minded citizen by day. By night he’s the Rectifier: a man damaging every car that has its alarm go-off. Also stars Bridget Moynahan and William Hurt. Coming soon! View the trailer at:

http://movies.aol.com//movie/noise-2008/31558/video/trailer-no-1/2123236