Quick movie review: "9"

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Computer-animated tale of nine little beings stitched together out of scraps. Burlap sock puppets, rag dolls with surprisingly expressive lenses for eyes. They live in rubble and try to keep from being destroyed by hound-like mechanical creatures that scout around the refuse, looking for signs of organic life to snatch. And, despite their constructed appearance, you just know that these nine little beings are somehow organic. 9 is a feature-length expansion of an 11-minute film by Shane Acker that received an Academy Award nomination in 2005. Acker refers to the little beings as "stitch punks," which reflects an attitude I didn't see on screen. The beings are survivors, not posers. You can find the short film online — I suggest you wait until after you see the movie. The film has problem areas, but I suggest you just let this mesmerizing, touching, intense and frightening otherworldly tale sweep wash over you. The voice cast includes Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover and Martin Landau. 79 minutes.

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