Earlier this year during a trip to Target, I got bored waiting on my other shopping mates and decided to peruse the movie section of the store. There I found this movie called 9. I read the synopsis and it sounded interesting, so a few weeks later I decided to watch it. This is a post- apocalyptic film released 9/09/2009 about a group of animated dolls, which are some of the last living beings in a world destroyed by war. They battle against the Machine to find a way to revive humanity.
It's a very strange movie to say the least. I had to watch it twice to fully grasp it. It's also a PG-13 animated movie, which is uncommon in the Western world, and probably why the movie didn't do very well here. However, this movie is so unusual and it had many writing aspects I believe we can glean from.
1.) Having a Story with Mainly Created Races - 9 is told in the point of view of little dolls who seem to be the only living semi-organic creatures in the ruins of this world. Outside of this movie, no one has ever seen creatures like this, so the writers are charged with the job to introduce us as views to these inventions. Over the progression of the movie we organically learn more and more about them like that they can die and that they have a mystical spark of life within them. The writers also had to stay consistent with what we'd learned about the dolls. If any of the rules suddenly changed on us then we would have been confused.
|It is surprisingly hard to find images for this film this is the only one of two gifs I've managed to find.|
2.) A Post-Apocalyptic Story with Little to No Humans and in An Unusual Time period - I thought it interesting that this story had all of the humans to have died and that the world ended in a World War II-like time period. Many people in that time believed the world was ending because of the devastating war. In any other post-apocalyptic story I've seen or read usually a few humans are alive and all of the animals are dead. It was a neat take in this story that all organic life was gone and the point of the story was to restore it. WALL-E had a similar goal, but in 9 there aren't any fat people floating in space. Everyone is really gone. I think this is both sad and powerful, because in this story our greed had brought about our ruin and these little creatures are our only hope.
|In the Sanctuary|
Personally, I take this as life is going to come back into the world. The world is going to revive, somehow humans and animals and plants are going to come back. I'm personally a bit disappointed that the ending was clearer. This is the downside of endings left to interpretation. I had similar feelings to the ending of Wolf's Rain. A lot of writers do this for symbolism. It can either be an up or a downside.
Have you seen 9? Have you noticed these writing aspects? What movies have you noticed have good writing? Let's geek out together!
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