Sundance Review: The Nines
by Alex Billington
January 24, 2007
The Nines is one of the most interesting, eye-brow raising films premiering at Sundance. Without divulging too deeply into the plot or risking spoiling anything good, the film follows Ryan Reynolds and two other characters, played by Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy, in three different situations. In my own response, I felt that not only was The Nines confusing, but it was an ineffective attempt at developing a very unique concept. It uses too many tacky additions, like video game avatar diamonds above people's heads in one scene. Ryan Reynolds, whom we typically find in campy Hollywood-style flicks, gives the only enjoyable and fitting performance.
An interesting concept that fails terribly in its actual execution - too light, too playful and too comedic for a film that should be dwelling deeply on the cosmic and ethereal realm. Although Ryan Renyolds puts in a fantastic series of performances, three characters in total, Hope Davis and especially Melissa McCarthy are painful to watch on screen. No matter what character they play, they can't redeem themselves. The Nines is hardly comparable to The Fountain - a much worse film than Darren Aronofsky's creation (per SlashFilm's review). Would I even suggest seeing it? Maybe - maybe once to give it a good try, and that's about it.
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