In a post-apocalyptic world, little clockwork doll-people are the heirs to humankind, but need to find the secret to their creation to ensure their survival.
Otterniece and her son Flash, an almost-11-year-old, were visiting. There was a night when Mr. Otter was at his class, and my niece was in San Francisco seeing a play with a friend of hers. And I said to Flash, let’s make a night of it, we’ll do whatever you want!
What he wanted turned out to be:
- A visit to the local comics/trading card store
- A movie
- Dinner from Del Taco (nom!)
- Playing games til my eyes started closing by themselves (around 10 pm; I’d had to get up at 6 that morning for a meeting, and this otter does NOT get up that early ever unless it’s absolutely necessary)
- Watching dvds until it was 10:45 and I pronounced it to be bedtime (more like mine than his, but I had to get him all taken care of first.
As I said, I had never heard of this movie. When we talked about our plans, he suggested this. District 9? I said, Isn’t that rated R or PG-13?
No, he said, 9, it’s a different movie.
But I was pleasantly surprised.
Not unexpectedly, the animation was very good.
But what surprised me was, the story was also pretty good.
The humans are dead and our civilization is in ruins; the machines have taken over (think Terminator) and are still fighting each other and the doll-people. This is no brightly colored cartoon future; it’s dark, sepia and gray, and scary stuff happens.
As becomes clear soon after the beginning of the movie, nine dolls were made, each with a number on its back, and of course there are many obstacles (some pretty scary, like the skeletal cat who reminded me of Jack in full hunting mode.)
Given that it’s a pretty ordinary plot, and a kids’ movie, it was really well written. It’s rather dark; several major characters are killed almost right away, and the outlook is pretty grim. As one who loves SF movies, I could see bits of Terminator, Frankenstein, War of the Worlds and several other well-known plots mixed up in the storyline…but it works.
This is a good one to rent; short, enjoyable, not entirely predictable, lots of action. Grab a cat (not a skeletal one) or a kid to watch it with, and enjoy.