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"9" *** (out of four): Wondrously-imaginative, lightly-plotted fable about the stitch-work creations who outlive humanity in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

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Well, we did it again. We humans created machines that proved to be the death of us. And, again ignoring Charlton Heston's oft-imitated cries, we maniacs...we blew it up. This time, however, humanity is not succeeded by a race of snarky chimps. This time, in Shane Acker's wondrously-imaginative "9", the few remaining lifeforms in the post-apocalyptic wasteland we've left behind are stitched together creations with big, binocular eyes and naivete to spare. They're named for the numerals that are handwritten on their backs. Each, to the film's credit, appears to have been created with a different personality (leader, bruiser, caretaker, etc) and each serves a very specific purpose to the story.

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