Nine Days


Drama / Fantasy

IMDb Rating 7.6 10 1343

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Geraldine Hughes as Colleen
Winston Duke as Will
Tony Hale as Alexander
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2 hr 3 min
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Reviewed by Quinoa1984 8 / 10

Being and Nothingness Redux

I may have ultimately found this somewhat more intellectually stimulating than emotionally, regarding the many philosophical and moral paths and implications that go into what one does in a life and how one regards violence and being violence or passive and of course what creativity brings about. The filmmaker Edson Oda - first feature as a writer-director and by itself that makes this a pretty major achievement to me - pulls off that tricky thing pretty well of exploring the ideas of simply living a "good" life or being a person wrought with inner pain and anguish (and what hiding that does to those who care about them) without falling into pedantry - in brief, it tackles empathy by putting it through the characters' perspectives. He provides a captivating backdrop, spare but interesting, without over explaining the mechanics of how these subjects are right at this place

There is an obvious point that is a flaw which is just how exceptional and perceptive Zazie Beets is (like once she's there game over you know). Buy Winston Duke is great at channeling a lot of preprinted thoughts and feelings, sometimes so explosively it could go the other way and not work but he always holds it together, and it is a surprisingly moving moment when he just talks about when his character was alive and performing a monologue he had to memorize last minute... to that end Walt Whitman (or at least his seminal work) makes an appearance!

Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10

what's your approach to life?

Greetings again from the darkness. The meaning of Life is an ambitious topic to tackle for any filmmaker, but certainly as a first feature film. Japanese-Brazilian writer-director Edson Oda not only doesn't shy away from existential questions, he has found a creative way of exploring these, leaving us with plenty to discuss after viewing. His approach is often bleak and slow-moving, yet his film excels in pushing us to examine our own attitude and appreciation for the gift of life.

Winston Duke (US, 2019) stars as Will, a kind of guardian angel charged with selecting the replacement souls after deaths occur on his watch. Will has a wall of old-style tube TVs, each with its own VCR wired up. He spends his time watching folks go about their lives. He takes notes and maintains files. See, those he watches are the ones Will previously selected for life. He picks his team, but he no longer plays the game (although he was once alive). His job now is to tweak humanity in the right direction by selecting "good" souls who are tough enough to handle life - not overly sensitive types, and certainly not those too self-centered.

There is no denying Oda's film is high-concept, and some may outright dismiss his premise. What if pre-life was a competition to determine worthiness? Will sets up nine days of interviews for the next round of souls. Of course, some won't last the full nine days, but the process involves a series of quizzes as the candidates watch the wall of TVs and offer up their answers to Will's questions. Well, all but one, that is. Emma (Zazie Beetz, JOKER, 2019) is a free-spirited soul who sees Will for what he is and what he was. She answers his questions with her own questions, or simply states that she can't answer. He is intrigued and frustrated by her willingness to play this out in her own way.

Tony Hale ("Veep") and Bill Skarsgard (IT, 2017) are a couple of the other candidates, and each has their moments to shine. Benedict Wong (DOCTOR STRANGE, 2015) plays Kyo, Will's co-worker and the one who assists him with the interview process. Kyo also strives to make sure Will maintains some humanity, despite a recent event that shook him to his core, and now has Will second-guessing himself. As Emma slowly gets Will to open up about his 'alive' time, we also see how Will recreates a special moment for the candidates as they are dismissed ... providing them with a taste of life.

A 'taste of life' is fitting because the point Oda is trying to make is that the best parts of life are emotions and sensations - the intangibles that bring joy, fear, and sadness. It's not all cupcakes and unicorns, and being so tough to block out the senses is not the best way of living. Without him realizing, Emma helps Will re-connect with his inner-being of when he was alive. His re-awakening is a highlight.

The candidates are informed that, if chosen, their memories will be wiped clean, yet "you'll still be you". This conforms to the theory that much of who we are is inherent at birth. Again, some may disagree. Oda's film will inspire thought and debate. If each of us aced our pre-life interviews, let's make the most of it! This is a terrific film with a unique look and style, and a standout performance from Winston Duke. We can only hope enough folks take the time to watch and think about the message.

Reviewed by blanbrn 6 / 10

Complex film a take on life, death, chance and redemption.

"Nine Days" for sure is one hard to understand and follow film really an in depth spin and take on one's emotions of life and death. The story has one man Will(Winston Duke) who's lived his earth life only to now be sheltered on a lonely island, where he watches a TV that involves the life of others on earth. And as they pass each then are free to enter his new world and have the freedom and chance to become better new souls! Zazie Beetz gives a standout performance as the outspoken and challenging Emma. The new residents go thru various tests of will, and different life moments all for the chance to be born again. Call it science fiction, drama, or whatever you want it's hard to call this film is an up and down look at life as different viewers will see different points of view from the film.

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