Saturday, September 12, 2009
Not going to spend much time on this one, but I really loved this film. The action was good and the animation even better, but what really shined was the themes. Too many times are we plagued with apocalyptic looks at the world, that express a horrible futility of the human spirit. I think people have an obsession with the END OF THINGS, because their lives are mundane and boring. It is badass to think of sawing off a shotgun and killing zombies or hunting down a leather clad gang of petrol pirates, but people just obsess about this to avoid the simple fact that every day they will get up and go to work and nothing exciting will happen. No wave, no epidemic, just the same thing over and over again. So we get films focused on fantastical elements of the end of things, (upcoming 2012) which are usually fun, but people take this shit too serious. What makes 9 different is that it doesn't focus on the end but tells a story of creation. It is more than an apocalyptic film it is a creation story. Sure humans create war, famine, death, and disease (we are the 4 Horsemen). "So what," 9 says. What does this mean for the human spirit? Have traded it for cold technology? It means that we need to keep the spirit, soul, or whatever you want to call it, because that is humanities creative agent. That is what 9 is saying. It is not just saying "here is the end look how scary it is... oh no." It's something deeper. So check it out.