The Nines


Three Ryan Reynolds for the price of one? Definitely a bargain... maybe. Aptly described by writer/director John August as “a tiny movie that’s occasionally ambitious”, The Nines splits its 99-minute running time into three half-hour long segments before revealing them to be parallel splinters of the same existential narrative. Reynolds plays different roles in each (an actor under house arrest, a writer battling to get a pilot made and a father stranded in the woods), though their similar initials and the recurring presences of Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy suggest nothing is as it seems. Sadly, August has no great rabbit up his sleeve, content to flirt with spirituality, numerology and multiverse philosophy en route to his WTF ending. The extras make it worth the journey, though – not least August’s quirky short film God, which sees McCarthy on a literal hotline to the Man Upstairs.


Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: March 31st 2008

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    • ParagraphFilms

      Mar 17th 2010, 16:51


      It comes out of the blocks as a junkie-flick like ‘Spun’ and the rest of the first episode’s like a cheap soap with some of the cheesiest background music in history, then a documentary, then a TV movie, then a computer game… Reynold’s acting is also either a) a solid job at making the film a bit surreal, or b) so c**p, he makes the film feel surreal. I think – and really hope – it’s the former. The main attraction of this film was that it’s a proper ‘thinker’. In the same vein as Waking Life and Primer you need to do a bit of thinking in to ‘get it’, otherwise it won’t make any sense. 2 days later, I’m still trying to figure it out… but that’s the attraction for me. Not the most polished piece of cinema, but definitely pushing boundaries. Score: 7/10

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