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A new animated tale opens at the box office this weekend. But this one is dark, and you may want to leave the young ones at home.
OK, this is happening all too often up there on the big screen-- machines turning on mankind. When are we going to learn? In the new film "9" they've turned on us again!
Evil-doers have taken the machines that were supposed to enhance humanity and set them to evil purpose. Of course, humanity is decimated and the scientist who has witnesses his creation run amuck puts a little spark of what's left of humanity into quickly stitched together rag and burlap dolls, each numbered.
When "9" comes to life, he begins an odyssey of self discovery and, quite by chance, begins to run into and connect with the other numbers. Each has unique human-like strengths and weaknesses and "9", given voice by Elijah Wood, is passionate about uniting to fight the machines and try to figure out where they come from and what they are meant to do.
This film is visually stunning, although very dark and strange. It's truly mesmerizing. But who is this movie designed for? Kids will be totally lost. I had to work to stay on track. Some of the scenes are very violent and scary with mechanized monsters that guarantee the PG-13 rating.
I like "9" but I'm not anxious to see it again and I'm not sure who I'd invited along if I did buy another ticket.
I'm giving "9" 2 1/2 stars, and again, it is rated PG-13.