So I will have to admit that I was extremely pumped for this movie. I had seen my first glimpse of the trailer roughly 6 months ago or so and have been captivated by the idea ever since. Much like District 9 (odd the two most original movies this year had the number "9" in the title), this was a movie I had no idea about and was caughy by surprise...in a good way.
Here is a movie that looks original and is an animated movie that takes its subject matter seriously. While I love Pixar movies a great deal they are still geared towards kids with a little adult humor thrown in. Well written and directed they might be, but as a country we have still not reached the point of using animation as a true means to tell a dramatic story like they have in other countries. Hopefully, this will help pave the way.
The movie starts out with our main character "9" coming to life right before us. Again, I thought this was a very good scene as he comes to life and I feel, for the first few moments, the movie captures the essence of what it would be like to come alive in a strange world and have no idea how or why, very well. However, this does lead into the one gripe one can have with this movie.
The director Shane Acker, it seems, decided to take the approach of putting us right in the middle of the story but and leaving the rest to be told in flashback.
Next, our character 9 is discovered by "5" who takes him to the rest of the remaining crew from the original 9. It seems they are all surprised as they didnt know there was another but not surprised enough to make a big deal about, they seem to talk about for a minute, then accept it and move on. I suppose in a time of crises you cant really wax philosophical about these sort of things but I would have liked them to delve a little deeper into this.