Gary, an actor who plays a cop on television, uses too much lighter fluid when he burns his ex-girlfriends things, then he drinks and drives, uses crack, and crashes his car. He sobers up in jail and is placed under house arrest and the watchful eye of a publicist, the cheery and tough-minded Margaret. She moves him into the empty house of a writer whos away in Canada on a shoot. Gary meets Sarah, an attractive and seemingly-willing neighbor. His friendship with Margaret blooms and strange things happen he finds notes he doesnt remember writing, he hears noises, and he seems to bump into himself in the kitchen. Two remaining chapters reveal whats going on.
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I was just expecting more. Really not a cerebral movie. There are toomuch explications... About the discussion if the main character is God,just watch the movie:"You're a multi-dimensional being of vast, almost infinite power. IfGod is a ten, a theoretical ultimate,that-which-no-greater-can-be-imagined, you're more of a nine. Humansare sevens. Monkeys are sixes. Koalas are the eights... They'retelepathic. Plus, they control the weather. What's important is thatyou, you're the big cheese. El Supremo. You could destroy the worldwith a single thought."It's hard to explain more than this... This makes the movie obvious andalmost boring! It's seems to me that a writer got a genius idea for a movie, and someproducer destroy it because found that the viewer will not understandthe plot. Really sad. That's the industry magic.A small irony is that something happens with the TV series pilot on themovie... Is this a kind of a protest? Nevermind...
This review is from: The Nines (Special Edition) (DVD) I watched this movie on Netflix and had to buy it right away, thankfully Amazon had it at a great price...once again I can buy and enjoy it in record time...thank you Amazon!!
At one time I thought "Oh, dear, not anotherYou-are-dead-but-you-don't-know-yet movie". And it came pretty close.Of course, it was another ridiculous explanation for it all, but thepretext was rather elaborate and the script thought through. Some ofthe symbolism of the movie was deep as well.Alas, the delivery was totally boring. Except the scenes with thewriter trying to get his pilot series accepted, most of the film had noemotional content. Or rather, less than expected. Like an "Uncannyvalley" of emotion.Bottom line: I found the message to be interesting, the way in whichdescribes the wrongness of the world, without actually making the movieabout it, a bit like The Matrix, but you have to be in the mood andeven then you will probably consider it a tad too lengthy.
The multi-verse of a narrative reminds me of how esoteric screenwriting and film-making can be, the lacking of profundity in this filmstartling and depressing. Mr. August hasn't returned to his level of GOin quite some time, which is depressing just to imagine, his closenessto the Hollywood process tainting him. The puzzle he tries to weaveinto a masterpiece just isn't distant in form as it should be. Justread this synopsis: "A troubled actor, a television show runner, and anacclaimed video game designer find their lives intertwining inmysterious and unsettling ways" and tell me August is way too close tothe subject material. The old adage, "write what you know" sometimesbackfires, which I believe is the case here. There were a few momentsof intricate genius with a correlative here and there, but for the mostpart the sanctity of the canvas created elicits only fractions of a payoff; in other words, this is an empty, vapid expression ofexpressionism rather than a meaningful dialogue on existentialism.
This review is from: The Nines (Special Edition) (DVD) this movie is terrible. Even though we watched it, we kept asking ourselves why we bought it. save your money
You have to be kinda open minded to watch this movie. i can't recallthat movie when there are many universes, but this is like it. He iskind of like god, he created many worlds, if you wanna call it that, 90versions of it. It is a beautiful film, I got it in so many ways! Thisfilm does have a meaning, many of them. To get the full experience turnoff the lights, and pay attention. I left the film for about 4 hours totake a break and go over what I learned. If you take breaks andunderstand what you just learned then it's great. I'd love to thinkthat it's about teaching people a lesson not to use crack. And to lovelife as it is. One other one is keep your mind open that there might bea different universe out there, maybe even 90 of them? This movie isone of my favorites because it was confusing the first 40 minutes, butyou begin to realize the factors that the movie is trying to tell you,it's inspirational. Way to go Ryan Reynolds! :)
One of those 'have to see' movies that can't be explained with justwords. I am not usually very kind to what comes out of Hollywood and Isuppose my average rating for a movie is 4-6 stars. The Nines howeveris really something special, in a world where I believe I have seeneverything thousands of times. Ryan Reynolds is superb, who knew he hadthis in him? The Nines is a rarity, where thinking is not only allowedbut necessary to enjoy and understand the movie. If you don't enjoythis it is probably above you, perhaps you should read a few hundredbooks. I have never seen a 10 movie, and I doubt one exists or everwill exist, so this is as close as it is going to get - in my world.
My mind just been blown away. I know that many would disagree, but godbless eMule, cause I am pretty sure that this beautiful piece won'tever hit the big screen over here. I have grown to forget the storylineof the picture I saw day before, yet this one... You would neverrealize how bad you missed a quality staff, till you come around one.Besides the fact that every part was masterly seamed around the maincharacter, and extraordinary performance of Ryan Reynolds (he isunbelievable) I was pleasantly surprised by the way the storyline hadclashed with the real world. Can't elaborate on anything more, just goand see...anyway...
A regular reader of John August's blog I've been expecting to watch TheNines for quite a long time, unfortunately my long long wait was notrewarded for I think the movie doesn't work.The opening credits are great, they put me in a certain mood that mademe eager for the show to begin. Alas, first reel contact fails as thereis not a narrative flow that would get me in the picture. OK there'ssupposed to be some kind of suspense that keep us waiting for the firstplot/sub-plot to unfold. This doesn't work. For one Ryan Reynoldsdoesn't do particularly odd things (picking up stuff then going to burnit) while the camera movements are odd. In short, John August's skillsas a screenwriter are at odds with his first major directorial effort.That's only first reel contact, I think you'd agree there are no moviesthat will pick up after a poor first reel contact (maybe there are butI can't remember those, which makes them non-existent either). Thebiggest flaw initiated during the first scene is the understatednarrative with a visual-style that forgets from time to time to below-key, it doesn't add up to an ambiance, an engaging narrative...What I enjoyed the most - even if I barely had one foot in the movie -were the female characters. Melissa McCarthy and Hope Davis arewonderful. I did prefer them in the more buoyant first parts of themovie, still they were very good in the pathos-ified deli-mellowShyamalan closing part. This also means I found Ryan Reynolds bland incomparison but I acknowledge his part lacked definition. To me thisstands out eventually as the biggest flaw in The Nines: he is a godlikehero, which makes him thoroughly un-humane.On the other hand The Nines could have been a great framework for DavidLynch. I love Lost Highway, the narrative is understated, you're hardlyever sure about the story but you're little by little straightened intothe mindset of the main character. But even Lynch can't be thatbrilliant every time: Mulholland Drive was brilliant too but only forthe first 2/3, before it became messy and annoying. Obviously nobodyexpects a first-time director to come close to that kind of directorialbrilliance, so John August directing his three-fold story in asupernatural atmosphere and a metaphysical background, that iscertainly much more than he can chew.BONUS. How telling... The best scene I can remember from the DVD wasleft on the editing floor. I understand it would have been odd for thecharacter to show up like this in the final cut, but that"hetero-flexible" joke is really very good!
I wrote this without reading any of the other reviews, mostly cos ididn't want them to influence my own, and partly cos i'm lazy. This wasa very interesting film that left some to the imagination and a lot tointerpretation (but not too much).The film consists of 3 stories: the first about a house-arresteddestructive TV star, the second a TV show writer with a new show in theworks and the third a computer game creator stuck in the woods with hisfamily. All three are played expertly by Ryan Reynolds. He is supportedby two women, Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy, who are also very goodat enforcing the bizarre yet irresistible vision of John August, whohas a good track record of writing screenplays, most notably with TimBurton (it's worth ignoring the Charlie's Angels jobs though). Thethree leads play different parts in each. That alone should prepare youfor the world he has created in The Nines.It is difficult to talk of the story without giving too much away, JohnAugust has found a great concept and worked it brilliantly into ainterpretable screenplay and image. The world he has created seems veryreal, with characters that operate in abnormal situations, but ones inwhich i think we all can relate, given our excessive access to realityTV and celebrity.The direction is good, you know from the very start that the greenwoollen wristband holds significance, and the witty, experienced,inflective screen writing is a joy (though at times August gives alittle more away than is necessary).The film is a fantasy and the nines are a mystery, both collaboratingin a way that captures the imagination. The three stories intersect andoverlap with themes that confuse and inspire, which will leave manyaudiences pondering for awhile. But it is not as confusing as it mayappear as the plot unfolds fairly intricately to those payingattention. All of the stories hold explanations, and the last explainsit all.I saw this with a friend who i wasn't expecting to enjoy it, butsurprisingly they did. I giggled, guffawed and gasped, while weexchanged plot ideas and interpretations, throughout. Sometimes itbecame a little dry, but on the whole this a very well thought outdrama mystery thriller with an excellent philosophy.
Tried to watch it - kept thinking it had to get better as it went --- But, nopeTotal waste of time.
Ryan Reynolds is a complete surprise! It's funny, back when he firstappeared I would never have guessed his full potential. I penned him asa nice looking action hero/comedian. But at every turn he triessomething different and succeeds each time.The Nines gives Reynolds the chance to show his chops as a dramatic andcomedic actor. Melissa McCarthy is adorable as always, but, gets toplay out a dimension of her acting we haven't seen yet either.It's is a good film, but, it does have flaws. At times it can be tooquirky and mellow dramatic, but, in the end it helps more than ithurts.The acting is solid. The story is interesting (strange as it may be attimes). But, the end is what seals the deal, it changes everything in agood way. That said, don't quit half way. In a Hollywood that packs toomany twists into there movies, this is one film in which they work.
The IMDb rating for this film is totally wrong. Its not a leave yourbrain at the door film so if those are the films you like don't watchthe nines. For the rest of you who actually like to think about thingsand not just look at the pretty colours this is a smart and interestingfilm. It is a new idea on the take of the universe and god and reallyapplies the term what if god was one of us. this film was interestingall the way through and will leave you looking for the nines andwondering are you a nine? It left me wondering and will have a lot ofpeople believing in it. well its just as believable as Christianity. Itis about the lives of three men, well when i say three men a mean oneman, a man who is one less than god. it was well directed and RyanReynolds plays each of the three men differently showing that he is atrue actor not just someone who plays themselves in a movie. Its worthyour time to watch and is better than a lot of films out there at themoment.
This review is from: The Nines (Special Edition) (DVD) What an amazing movie! I really enjoyed it. It was a random find on NetFlix, but after watching it, I needed to buy this. I happen to like these types of movies. It makes you think. The acting is great in this movie as well. The one woman from Bridesmaids ( Megan) who is played by Melissa McCarthy, really did a great job! After seeing her in Bridesmaids, where she played a funny comedic role, here in the movie she has a totally different character. A very good actress.
The Nines tells three short stories, the first of about an actor who isunder house arrest after flipping over his car, the second is about awriter who's pilot TV show is in jeopardy and the last deals with avideo game designer lost in the woods after his car breaks down. Allthree stories are told with the same actors.When I first heard about The Nines, everyone was raving about howoriginal it was and how it was like nothing they have ever seen before.So obviously it peeked my interest. After finally watching the film, Ican see where it gets it's praise, but don't fully understand why it'sgetting so much of it. Yes, The Nines is original and keeps youguessing until the very end, but the pay off isn't as good as the restof the film.This is John August's directorial debut, if you don't know who Augustis, he's the writer of such films like Big Fish, Corpse Bride and Go.The Nines is another impressive entry to his already good resume. Itseems that August was confident enough to tackle this big project. Iapplaud him ambitions. He didn't fail by any means, but he didn't blowme away either. It is always a love hate relationship when the writeris the director. When it works, you get Pulp Fiction, when it doesn'tyou get Blade Trinity. When the writer is the director, he knowsexactly what he wants, he knows the characters inside out and how tobring everything together. The Nines doesn't seem to fall into eithercategory, it seems to sit on the fence.Ryan Reynolds proves again that he has more range then people give himcredit for. He might have painted himself into a corner with Van Wilderand Waiting, but he seems to be slowly breaking free of it. He showedrange at the very end of Smoking Aces and in the recent rom comDefinitely Maybe. With The Nines he again proves why he isunderestimated and will bring greater things in the future. Reynoldsplays the lead in all three shorts. We see him as a crack addictedactor, gay writer and family man video game designer. While he doesn'tblow you away with his performance, he does manage to capture you andbring you along for the ride from start to finish.Hope Davis appears here in a supporting role, again playing threedifferent characters in all three shorts. She manages to get so muchacross the screen by doing so little. A look here or move there and youknow exactly what she is thinking. Melissa McCarthy plays herself inone segment, I think she had the hardest job. She has to be bubbly,scared, mean and informative.The three segments are all shot differently. The first segment, titledThe Prisoner, showcases bright reds and yellows and was shot on 16mm.The second segment, titles reality television is shot on video. Theentire segment plays out like a reality TV show as we follow Gavin(reynolds) and his troubles in trying to get his pilot on air. Thethird and final segment, titled Knowing, is darker and shot on 35mm.The third segment has the same title as the pilot that Gavin in thesecond segment is writing. Even the same events take place. Withoutgiving too much away, all three segment interconnect with each other.But not exactly in a way you want or think.If you are confused after watching the film, join the club. I knew whathappened and sort of got some things, but had to read up on it to seewhat others thought to finally connect the dots. The films does a verygood job of teasing the viewer with bits of information and bringingthem along asking questions left right and centre. As the filmconcludes you sit there wondering if you are satisfied or not. I stilldo not know really. I like the idea behind the film and thepresentation was nice, but the way they dragged us along seemed like itwould amount to something bigger, something deeper, something more thenwhat we are ultimately given.The film doesn't answer everything and it doesn't need to. It's a filmthat leaves it's answers up to the viewer, to make whatever assumptionsthey want. But even this isn't satisfying enough. I guess because allthe hype I head prior, I expected more. If you go into it not knowinganything about it, you will be pleasantly surprised.
I saw this movie at Sundance, and the acting was fantastic -- especially Ryan Reynolds, who really surprised me while playing three characters in three separate stories which don't seem to overlap -- or do they...Intriguing and suspenseful storytelling with great visual style -- which did NOT surprise me, given that the writer/director is the same guy who wrote the films "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Big Fish," and "Go."Hope Davis is great, too -- but isn't she always? Glad this is out on DVD.
I honestly would not have expected a movie of this caliber from Ryan Reynolds. Typically, he's a romantic comedy or action film kind of man. This was deep,it really made one step back to think. It brought into question what reality truly is in the same way that films like The Matrix and Inception did. While the Nines didn't quite reach The Matrix bar, it's definitely worth watching. As an audience, there were periods of confusion where you were utterly lost as to what was going on, but it wasn't for long and had enough intrigue to keep one hooked.
I think the game is an interesting concept, but the acting and story line left something to be desired. It was a rough and confusing story line that kept you wanting to just say no to 9.
I always knew Ryan Reynolds was a God.But in this one, he plays God (like a literal, actual God) into threeparts. There's Gary, a TV star who is under house arrest after heaccidentally sets his house on fire. And then there's Gavin, a TVwriter struggling to keep his show "Knowing" on the air. Finally, wehave Gabriel. A character in Gavin's TV show trying to get a signalfrom his phone after his car broke down.Trust me, all is not it seems with this film. Its all so complicated iteven challenges the complicated-ness and intricacy of the hit TV show"Lost". But from what I understand, Ryan Reynolds is amulti-dimensional being literally playing a God who can create worldsand play different characters. Despite the fact that the plot gives"Lost" a run for his money, it actually kinda clicked with me.Maybe it was Ryan Reynolds' acting or maybe the flow of the story. Iliked it a lot. John August, who is best known as a screenwriter,weaves these three tales in a harrowing epic in galactic proportions.
This movie was long drawn out and boooring, in my opinion. I fullyunderstood the movie and the overall concept was intriguing and theacting was great, but, all the stories seemed to have a lot of unneededfootage and dialog. It seemed as if they tried to fill time by shootingfootage of meaningless, unrelated, scenes. In getting to the point ofthe movie there could have been a little action or something thrown into add a little balance to the movie.I also just don't get why people think this movie was thoughtprovoking, the concept of multiple gods dabbling in human existence hasbeen around for millenia, this seems to be just a rewrite of an oldGreek myth, with more modern dialog.Conclusion, I would not give my worst enemy a copy of this movie as Idon't hate anyone enough to let them sit through this painfullyagonizing film.