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Synopsis: 9 is a 2009 American computer animated post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller film directed by Shane Acker, written by Pamela Pettler, and produced by Jim Lemley, Dana Ginsburg, Tim Burton, and Timur Bekmambetov. The film stars the voice talents of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, and Fred Tatasciore. It is based on Acker's Academy Award-nominated 2005 short film of the same name. Focus Features released it theatrically on September 9, 2009. The film received generally mixed reviews from critics and it earned $48.4 million on a $30 million budget. It also received an Annie Award nomination for Best Animated Effects in a Feature Production. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 29, 2009.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation


The Focus Features logo appears on screen and we slide INTOthe “O” in Focus.

Stock dissolves from 35mm to 16mm. BLACK & WHITE. GRAINY,



Experiment 208, day 20...


We see an early incarnation of a MACHINE (this will be theinner brain of the FABRICATION MACHINE). We see the

scientist, in a white coat.

We pull back to see the Scientist is playing a complicatedMULTI-LEVEL 3-D chess game on a MULTI-LEVEL GAME BOARD with

the MACHINE. The Scientist makes an elaborate multi-level

move. The Machine reaches an arm out into the chess game butthen malfunctions and strews the game everywhere.

We pull back further to see the back and legs of theDICTATOR, with black-uniformed soldiers flanking him. The

regime’s emblem can be seen on the uniforms.




Please. Give it a chance.

We’re on the machine, which is clicking and jerking as itmalfunctions.


One more. That’s all.

He turns to leave. We hear the clicking of boots as thesoldiers accompany him out.

We see the scientist’s dejected face as he comes towards thecamera to turn it off.



And then...



The grainy footage rolls again; we see the scientist movingaway from the camera (having just turned it on).

The lab is shadowy, late at night. We see his worktable for

the first time, covered with discarded sketches, a furiouslyfilled-in journal, and pieces of failed machinery (the flooris also similarly littered). The TALISMAN sits on the

worktable. Nearby is a small old-fashioned tiny little box.

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