Director: Shane Acker. Cast (voices): Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau. 79 min. Rated PG-13. Animation.
A typical example of animated digital effects at the service of ... nothing. 9 has no character development, the script has a weak story, and the plot has no goal. Just sequence after sequence of weird mechanical creatures fighting weird mechanical creatures. An animated rip-off of Terminator. A dark boring version of WALL-E. The DVD extras tell us this was actually an Oscar-nominated short animation, which was made into a feature-length movie. No wonder - there's not enough story here even to go beyond 80 minutes (including the end credits).
(Interesting how 2009 gave us three "nine" movies: 9, Nine, and District 9.)