Waste no time - see ‘9’

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By Kirsten Laskey

As soon as I saw the preview for “9,” I knew this was a movie I had to see. Movies that combine fantasy and surreal elements are right up my alley.

When I saw the movie had come to the Reel Deal, I wasted no time. After watching it, I suggest you do not waste any time in seeing this movie either.

The plot may seem a little kooky – nine robotic rag dolls, each identified by a number drawn on their back, fight to survive in a post-apocalyptic world that is dominated by menacing machines –  but don’t get turned off. It celebrates a lot of tried and true themes such as the power of friendship, the importance of teamwork and the value of courage.

The entire film is cast in camouflage colors – muddy browns, dull grays and toxic greens, but the story’s conclusion reveals that hope always shines bright, even in the darkest of worlds.

It may be a dark world but it is still an alluring one. The extensive detail of each of the character’s appearances is incredible. Some are made of coarse burlap material while others look like they have been sewn from soft linen fabric.

They live in a world that is a huge, ominous junk yard. It is full of crumbled buildings, rusted cars and dead bodies. Plus, the sky is always overcast and dim.

And as they creep through the numerous dark and dank crevices, you will be on the edge of your seat, wondering what is waiting around the next corner.

It is not pretty; I can assure you. The monsters in this movie are really ghoulish. Through humanity’s greed for power, they create a machine that develops a mind of its own and soon technology has become mankind’s worse enemy.

The machines have glaring red eyes, skulls for faces and are full of daggers, teeth and spikes.  

It’s not just the look of the movie that makes it enticing.  It is also the sounds. Whether it is the whistling of the wind, shutters banging  together or a scratchy record playing Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” the audience feels transported to this fantasy world.

As for this world’s small band of inhabitants, I am impressed with how a bunch of rag dolls could show such personality and human characteristics.

They are not all sweet and innocent.

One is a thug, another is tyrannical and a third is a warrior.

The character, 9, however, brings out the best in all his companions.  

He proves even a robot’s got soul.