“The Nines”

nines.jpgRyan Reynolds
Hope Davis
Melissa McCarthy
Elle Fanning
David Denham
Octavia Spencer
Dahlia Salem
Ben Falcone

R           99min           2007

The Nines consists of three short films, each featuring the same actors in different – and sometimes overlapping – roles. Together, three stories form a single narrative that explores the relationships between author and character, actor and role, creator and creation. Alternatively funny and unsettling, The Nines is like a riddle where the answer is the question: “How does it all add up?” – from the back cover.

“The Nines”is actually a better film that my preconceptions. This is a film that has it progress it gives you more and more clues which in turn makes it more confusing and interesting. This ensemble of cast connects well with each other. I think that Elle Fanning stands out in this group with her presence in her little amount of screen time.

The clues are at first confused me, as a view. Then as it progressed to the third act everything made sense. Then on a second view I noticed more clues or easter egg that explain major points of the film. You really have to have your eyes open and know what you are looking for.

The cast gels very well; playing many characters that tell and overall tale. “The Nines” is a misleading title that is a clue to the tale. Even though is only about six actors playing several characters, each character is unique. They also connect to each other and the other characters in the film.

The actor that stands out in the film is Elle Fanning. She steals the show in the few minutes that she is on screen. I felt she was under used but also efficiently used in her screen time. She brings emotional weight for such a young actress and character.

There are two commentaries one is with the director John August and Ryan Reynolds and the other is director, editor Douglas Crise, and Melissa McCarthy. It has deleted scenes with optional commentary. There is a script to storyboard to screen comparison featurette. There is also a photo gallery, short film “GOD” by John august, and an alternate ending. The movie previews are for “Dragon Wars”, “Southland Tales”, “Revolver”, “Resident Evil: Extinction”, “Boogeyman 2”, “Gabriel”, “Slipstream”, “Across the Universe”.

I give it 4/5.


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