'The Nines' [Blu-ray]
(Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, Melissa McCarthy, et al / Blu-ray / R / (2007) 2020 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: 'The Nines' consists of three short films, each featuring the same actors in different and sometimes overlapping roles.
Together, three stories form a single narrative that explores the relationships between author and character, actor and role, creator and creation.
Alternately funny and unsettling, 'The Nines' is like a riddle where the answer is the question: How does it all add up?
Blu-ray Verdict: Gary (Ryan Reynolds) is a troubled actor who plays a cop on the TV show Crim9 Lab. While on crack, he crashes his car.
His perky publicist Margaret (Melissa McCarthy) takes care of him while he's under house arrest. He gets involved with his Canadian next door neighbor Sarah (Hope Davis).
He leaves his house and meets deaf little girl Noelle (Elle Fanning) at a bus stop but then she disappears. Strange things keep happening and there is something about him belonging to the Nines.
Then Part One ends and Part Two Reality Television begins where the actors play different characters.
The first part has some interesting surreal aspects. It suggests a pretty weird but compelling story. It lacks the surreal visual style to match but some of that is the everyday problem of the low budget indie.
Then the second part of the movie comes and the story stumbles. The disruption is too much. The third part starts off with some interest because its title is Knowing.
However the explanation is too convoluted to understand or even to follow. I question whether it's even understandable. This is John August trying to write like Charlie Kaufman. He fumbles the ball which the director John August had no chance of recovering.
In closing, what you experience here is akin to, well … Imagine Sharon Stone flirting with you, playing footsie, offering you a ride home, putting her hand on your lap, then going to her place and finding that she enticed you there only to show off her collection of china patterns. On a smaller scale, that is what you will experience if you see 'The Nines'! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'The Nines' [Blu-ray] is out March 17th, 2020 via Mill Creek Entertainment.
'The Nines' Trailer