"Our blind pursuit of technology only sped us quicker to our doom." So speaks No. 1, a pontiff-dressed ragdoll and one of a collection of burlap heroes at the center of director Shane Acker's post-apocalyptic tale, "9." Remarkably, that line of dialogue, one that feels lifted from the science fiction pantheon ("The Terminator," "Mad Max" and Terry Gilliam come to mind), works better as a commentary on the state of Hollywood filmmaking than any great insight into humanity. Yes, "9" is another narrative "raking over" that familiar scenario: What would happen after the end of the world?
I recently had a conversation with a fellow movie-goer, the kind of conversation that usually results in my being accused of cinema-snobbery and not enjoying movies for their more entertaining merits.