Escape to the Movies: 9

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This week MovieBob ponders if 9 is worth the $9 to go see it.

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I gotta admit, I'm not entirely surprised by this, I mean like you say, anyone who's seen the trailers or looked on Youtube in the last few months has likely seen all the major action that takes place, and I wasn't overly sure what to expect story wise besides they're out fighting for survival and plan to take out the red-eyed animal-bots.

But I'm definately still gonna give it a look.

Nice to see someone else hates the Wapanese. Might look into it, got a cinema voucher that I really should get round to spending, and I know at least one person who may be interested in the film.

1 Jan 1970 eh?

Might give it a look but I don't think it will hurt me that much to wait for the sky movies release.

Has the video been removed? When clicking the link, it says 'Page does not exist' and I can't find it in the video galleries...

I saw it, I thought it was good. I do agree that the ending was a bit confusing.

Oh, the Twins in 9 are a hell of a lot better then the ones in Transformers 2.

Well, I'm kinda disappointed. It looked really quite cool, but if it's essentially the Crysis of the movie animation world, I may just wait till it comes out on video and give 'er a rent.

Sounds like this is more a Netflix candidate than a cinematic one. I'll probably give it a pass, and save my money to finally go see "Inglorious Basterds" instead.

I really enjoyed 9, except for the ending, which is just cheese piled on cheese. Other than that, the action was fun, the characters were extremely likeable, and the plot worked well enough. I agree it could have been better, but I'd still call it a great movie.

NO MORE HEROES WAS AWSOME I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY

Okay, somebody needs to create sharkpunk. I have no idea what it would be, but I'm almost certain it would be awesome.

Shadow_Kid:
NO MORE HEROES WAS AWSOME I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY

He acutally loves "No More Heroes." Go watch his old Game Overthinker's on youtube (READ: his first one), and he spouts much love for the game.

Anyway, I was interested in this movie, but since it's not "Holy shit" levle sof awesome, I'll wait for the DVD release... and then I'll rent it.

i remember stumbling the short which i found to be genius, but im not really surprised that it lacks a story, also why does your reviews always change quality, and im not speaking of the content, but the visual, its switching from gritty 2 square centimeters pixels to normal quality back and forth, its not very pleasant for the eyes.

Shadow_Kid:
NO MORE HEROES WAS AWSOME I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY

I agree. "NMH" will probably be remembered as one of the defining games of this console generation. That said, YOU try finding enough images that immediately and universally scream "obnoxious Japanophile" to a web-saavy audience that ISN'T part of someone's personal flickr account ;)

It came down to Francis and Travis because I couldn't remember the name of the slacker neighbor from Shin-Chan. Though I'm just now realizing it would've been a nice place to drop a Chinpokomon bit. Ah, well...

nice of him to list a few mature animated films, gotta catch up on those, and I like that he showed Titan too, that film is alright.

Why would people want to forget Wanted? It was a brilliant piece of simple action that was supported by good special effects and brilliant cast and credible enough story that was coated over with the afformentioned good stuff, you know, kind of like Jason Statham movies.

I wanted to watch a video review, not you spouting your strange views on japanese manga readers. Instead of blabbering on about non-movie related crap maybe you should have written a more thorough review of the actual film. I haven't seen 9 yet and this review barely said anything useful. Most of your other reviews are decent but this one was just plain annoying the whole time.

dracoslayer16:
I wanted to watch a video review, not you spouting your strange views on japanese manga readers. Instead of blabbering on about non-movie related crap maybe you should have written a more thorough review of the actual film. I haven't seen 9 yet and this review barely said anything useful. Most of your other reviews are decent but this one was just plain annoying the whole time.

did someone just say weeaboo? 'cause i think someone just said weeaboo.

DayDark:
nice of him to list a few mature animated films, gotta catch up on those, and I like that he showed Titan too, that film is alright.

I was honestly let down by Titan A.E. I mean, it was directed by Don-Fucking-Bluth, had beautiful artistic design, almost seamless integration of cel- and computer-animation. Yet, once you watch the movie a second time, the story makes you go "Bwuh?"

I mean, Scientist creates genetic database of all loving things on earth, "evil" alien energy-beings attack and destroy earth for no clear reason, boy finds genetic database and discovers that the only way to power it is to consume the entire species of energy-beings.

Bwuh?

There has to be something that happened before the Cale was born where there was some sort of animosity between the humans and the Drej because Cale's father had to have planned to power the Titan with the Drej while building it. It would make sense, then that the Drej would want to destroy Earth, home to the species that is actively trying to wipe them out. But this is never developed, nor understood by the audience until after the Titan is activated, creating Planet Bob (which, by the way, is the best part of the movie)

dracoslayer16:
I wanted to watch a video review, not you spouting your strange views on japanese manga readers. Instead of blabbering on about non-movie related crap maybe you should have written a more thorough review of the actual film. I haven't seen 9 yet and this review barely said anything useful. Most of your other reviews are decent but this one was just plain annoying the whole time.

Go read any other review of "9", you'll see that they ALL say there is not much to talk about. The movie is a beautiful set piece, but there is almost no story to talk about. The characters are derivative and stereotypical, which oddly is something that Timmur Bekmambetov touted as a good thing about the movie.

I think that his aside against otaku, and in particular that special subset that believes no animation created anywhere else in the world can ever be as adult and mature as the "adult and mature" animation that comes out of Japan, to be extremely topical and on-point. Just because you took offense, perhaps because you ARE one of that special subset, or at least like to think that their idiot argument holds water, doesn't mean that MovieBob didn't thoroughly review "9" in this video.

Fantastic Planet. So that's what that movie was called. Thanks.

9 looks like it should have stayed a short film. I wouldn't want to watch an artstyle like that for one and a half hours.

Nice review Bob, I enjoy your reviews and enjoy seeing the new one on the video page and it's sad you don't have a large fan base when compared to Yahzee's Zero Punctuation show, despite some disagreements with your opinions(Didn't think transformers 2 was worst then Batman and Robin but bad none the less) on some films you review(Didn't think Transformers 2 was worst then Batman and Robin nor did I think it was Ultra bad just generic and a great loss of potential could have been a brilliant movie) I still enjoy watching them and enjoy listening to your professional opinion.

Anyways onto my opinion on this, I haven't actually seen the movie yet (Not out here in good old Britain just yet)I have seen the trailers and there pretty much the make or break of any movie as far as having me watch them goes. The trailers of this movie did give me the "hooo this is a watch" impression but not the whole "this is going to be a ground breaker" feel I got from District 9 or Watchmen, this looks like the type of movie I'le pay to see and will possibly buy the DVD but I won't hold it up as a holy grail of the genre. The trailers gave me the sense of been there done that but sure looks cools and I think I could do worse this year with the whole list of bad movies that have been out this year. Thank you for reading :).

Hey. Huge anime/manga fan here and I actually agree with your point. Sure, Japanese animation has done SOME stuff before it was done here in America, but why should we give a rats ass about who did it first? I've seen some American based animes and non-anime cartoons. A lot of those are heads and shoulders above what Japan puts out in their thousands of different series. Sadly, they get completely underrated by the large fanbase of "Otakus" who will denote anything by America in terms of creativity and art because they're (GENERALLY) stuck too far up their own ass to notice the other good things aside from the few good things they like.

That being said, this movie looks like it could be pretty decent. I was iffy on it at first but I've actually heard good testimony from people on how they loved it.

MovieBob:

Shadow_Kid:
NO MORE HEROES WAS AWSOME I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY

I agree. "NMH" will probably be remembered as one of the defining games of this console generation.

It will be remembered as a Wii-defining game.

People without Wii couldn't care less about an action game where they force you to collect stuff for idiots, then a quick fight and start all over again. Like Assassin's Creed, but you must buy a Wii just to play it.

Denmarkian:
[quote="dracoslayer16" post="6.141220.3168004"]The characters are derivative and stereotypical, which oddly is something that Timmur Bekmambetov touted as a good thing about the movie.

The main problem is, shorts and features are entirely different animals. In a short, arch characters and a quickly-understood universe are positives. A feature needs more than that - even if it's just plot divergences - to hold interest and give things weight. It's a common beginner's error, especially in animation where it's so easy to lose the forest for the trees.

What would've helped, though, is if the character roster wasn't quite so cliche: OF COURSE the "hero" guy is the 'nondescript'-looking one, OF COURSE the tough guy is mute and vaugely "challenged," OF COURSE said tough guy is loyal to the old guy who is OF COURSE British and OF COURSE costumed to invoke negative associations with organized religion (usually Catholic or Orthodox Christianity), OF COURSE the seemingly-crazy one is actually holding the key to everything, OF COURSE the lone female is a "den-mother" Amazonian martial-arts master, OF COURSE the "tech guy" is unsure-waiting-to-prove-himself, OF COURSE there's a pair who speak a seperate language only to eachother, etc.

Dammit, you just ruined my Friday. I was looking forward to this movie :(

I've been pushing this film since early this year, so I'm gonna have to go and see it anyway.

For once I hope MovieBob is wrong, especially as I've yet to see Gamer. (Can't not see Michael C Hall)

Lord_Panzer:
Well, I'm kinda disappointed. It looked really quite cool, but if it's essentially the Crysis of the movie animation world, I may just wait till it comes out on video and give 'er a rent.

BlueInkAlchemist:
Sounds like this is more a Netflix candidate than a cinematic one. I'll probably give it a pass, and save my money to finally go see "Inglorious Basterds" instead.

Actually, if it's all about the animation, you should see it in theaters because it won't look nearly as good on a television.

MovieBob:

Denmarkian:
[quote="dracoslayer16" post="6.141220.3168004"]The characters are derivative and stereotypical, which oddly is something that Timmur Bekmambetov touted as a good thing about the movie.

The main problem is, shorts and features are entirely different animals. In a short, arch characters and a quickly-understood universe are positives. A feature needs more than that - even if it's just plot divergences - to hold interest and give things weight. It's a common beginner's error, especially in animation where it's so easy to lose the forest for the trees.

What would've helped, though, is if the character roster wasn't quite so cliche: OF COURSE the "hero" guy is the 'nondescript'-looking one, OF COURSE the tough guy is mute and vaugely "challenged," OF COURSE said tough guy is loyal to the old guy who is OF COURSE British and OF COURSE costumed to invoke negative associations with organized religion (usually Catholic or Orthodox Christianity), OF COURSE the seemingly-crazy one is actually holding the key to everything, OF COURSE the lone female is a "den-mother" Amazonian martial-arts master, OF COURSE the "tech guy" is unsure-waiting-to-prove-himself, OF COURSE there's a pair who speak a separate language only to each other, etc.

You should have just saved some time and linked to TVTropes.

I do hate those little elitist bastards. They make the rest of us look bad.

About the movie though--that's a shame because I was really looking forward to this one. It looked great. Maybe I'll catch it when it hits the dollar theater.

MovieBob:
the slacker neighbor from Shin-Chan.

Yonro, I believe.

The most awesome thing about it was the release date: 9-9-09, which also happens to be my birthday.

The hell? It's not playing anywhere within 800 miles of me. Where'd you see it?

remember this is 1 guys opinion so if you think the movie looks good see it.i saw it and if you pay COMPLETE attention you'll get the ending for the most part.so remember 1 guys opinion isn't 100 people's opinions go see it if you wnt if you don't don't.don't let this guy change your mind.

It's like fallout knocked up little big planet and this movie is the spawn that was born

MovieBob:

Shadow_Kid:
NO MORE HEROES WAS AWSOME I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY

I agree. "NMH" will probably be remembered as one of the defining games of this console generation. That said, YOU try finding enough images that immediately and universally scream "obnoxious Japanophile" to a web-saavy audience that ISN'T part of someone's personal flickr account ;)

It came down to Francis and Travis because I couldn't remember the name of the slacker neighbor from Shin-Chan. Though I'm just now realizing it would've been a nice place to drop a Chinpokomon bit. Ah, well...

-LOUD UNCONTOLLABLE COUGH- Excuse me! I pretty much forgot about that game. All it was was a dude carring a lightsaber and decapitating people whihc intern trigger very graphic bloodly messes, it was medicore at best.

OT: That's dissapointing to here that the stroy was unoriginal I think I'll wait for it to come on to VU.

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