“Life must go on.”
Co-executive producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov help assemble a stellar voice talent cast to help filmmaker Shane Acker expand his 11-minute Oscar-winning short film 9 into a 79-minute feature of the same name.
Audiences, especially filmmaking fans, get high quality content in this one-disc DVD. The considerable bonus features, special effects features, and collaboration insights permeate this experience while provoking as much thought and interest as the feature film.
The familiar man vs. machine theme morphs into being against machine as Acker expands his post apocalyptic story with Pamela Pettler. The story begins without dialogue for the first 10 minutes or so as audiences gradually orient themselves to a world without humanity.
The tinkering 9, voiced by Elijah Wood, uncovers this grim world along with the audience and finds his predecessors on the way. 2, voiced by Martin Landau, provides some initial information, then the numbers fall in, including the heroic 7, voiced by Jennifer Connelly; the genius 6, voiced by Crispin Glover; the cautious 5, voiced by John C. Reilly, and the self-appointed leader, 1, voiced by Christopher Plummer.
The imaginative action scenarios mesh well with the characters' traits as they discover the source behind the dark, post-apocalyptic settings — the machines. These beings need no rest, water or food though they still feel emotions like fear and anger because their creator, The Scientist, builds pieces of his intelligence/humanity/”soul” into each one.
Create the machines that now can create a version of life? Why not? What would you do amid the end of mankind? Continue humanity… in some form or another. Zippers and careful stitching connect their burlap layers as their lenses see the world as they never get tired or hungry. The group’s main conflict stems from 9's opposition to 1's conservative decision-making. 9 calls 1 a blind man guided by fear while 1 counters by saying “sometimes fear is the appropriate response.”