Could have done a better job portraying each character as a piece of the inventors mind (or soul). I think the concept would have worked better if each character was given less dimension and instead adhered to a single character trait. Side note: I hate Elijah Woods whiny voice!
Aesthetically pretty in it own right, but features a pretty mediocre script. The story seems to boast the idea that gumption and idealism are necessary not just to survive, but to exceed. Yet the movie's supported ideals are essentially what kickstart the conflict in the first place, because of which most of the main characters die. So, yeah; sports a bit of a thematic blindspot.
A movie for 13 year old philosophers, regressed Marxist sociologists, or Taoist paranoid schizophrenics. The story's simplicity of narrative and character was refreshing, as was its brutally frank depiction of death. But it felt like it was far too broad for what was clearly going to be a niche story with a small audience - and ultimately the film pleases no one.
Great style with an incredible camera that creates a videogame-like experience. The concept of robot dolls carrying parts of a soul is neat. Two of them becoming romantically involved however is terribly cliche and wrong. Also, once souls are freed from The Machine they fly off to the sky? Please. Still, The Machine is amazing, especially in the 'Somewhere over the rainbow' scene which is exceptionally beautiful.
Interesting visual atmosphere created by the animations, color schemes and art. Clearly a post-Matrix piece, like WALL-E, set in a time where machines have succeded wiping humans out or humans have succeded destroing their chances of surviving on Earth. And, like with WALL-E, it's machines (in WALL-E, a little hard-working robot, in 9 little clockwork operated rag-doll creatures) that carry what's left of humanity.
There is no redeeming factor to this film. The characters are not unlikable but not endearing by any strecth, the story is nothing special especially the empty feeling ending. I respect the act of trying to make an animated film more adult, not an easy feat in a Western market full of ignorant 'animation is for kids' attitudes. But this is not the way to go about it. I really wouldn't bother with this one.