Written September 06, 2007
Extremely well-written, John August should be commended for another thrilling, tri-segmented plot a la GO. Ryan Reynolds is the true surprise, carrying the film on his shoulders in a manner (having only seen him in VAN WILDER and JUST FRIENDS) that I did NOT expect. Melissa McCarthy was excellent -- her publicist character was particularly great -- and Hope Davis as the Development VP in the second part was absolutely terrific. Clearly inspired by real people.
Ultimately, I think the film suffers from a botched resolution. Like SUNSHINE (from earlier this year), I felt like all of the potential simply loses steam towards the end of the film. I guess it's just all wrapped up a little too neatly for me -- particularly the final scene with Melissa McCarthy and Elle Fanning making pancakes.
But overall, THE NINES is such a refreshing break from the poorly written/acted/directed summer blockbusters (ahem, TRANSFORMERS) that this is a must go in my book.
Written September 09, 2007
With so many current movies requiring little more of you than to simply show up, this movie is a refreshing change. But see it now while it's in limited release to show your support for intelligent independent film and to help it find the wide release it deserves. [BLOCKED WEBSITE] In fact, watch it once, then download the commentary from the website and listen to it while watching the movie again.