I went to see 9 last Friday, and it turned out to be 79 minutes of goodness. Directed by Shane Acker and produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, 9 is based on a short film by Acker that I have never seen but that I hope is included on the DVD, because I am sure going to get it when it comes out.
Even though the story is not exactly original, it is presented in a fresh new way, with stunning visuals, exciting ideas, and boundless energy, and it all comes together with a cool soundtrack and solid voice acting by Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau, Crispin Glover, John C. Reilly, and Christopher Plummer. I liked all the different characters, with their different personalities and individualized designs. I liked 7's helmet and shield, 8's blades (made with scissors and nails), 6's fingers, and 3 and 4's special eyes. And, needless to say, the burlap heroe's nemeses were awesome in a very creepy way. That snake that ensnared its prey by putting on a puppet show? Amazing stuff! And what about the flying creature? True greatness. 9 is eye-candy at its best, but it is also a fun story and a terrific ride I recommend everyone. How could you not like this movie?