Netflix Review: The Nines

The Nines is a movie that I highly recommend. If you have not seen it yet, I would say go watch it before you read my review because I am going to be discussing heavy spoilers.  I am basically going to tell you everything that is a “twist” in this movie.  You have been warned.

In the movie, there are three main characters that all play three characters that are all basically the same character.  How is that for starting off a description.  In order for everything to make better sense I will use the actors names instead of trying to keep track of which character is which actor.  Ryan Reynolds plays Gary/Gavin/Gabriel.  Melissa McCarthy plays Margaret/Melissa/Mary.  And Hope Davis plays Sarah/Susan/Sierra.

The movie is also broken up into three separate sections that also tell a cohesive whole of the overarching story.  Here is where the spoilers begin. Ryan Reynolds is a god-like being who has created all of the universes that you see in the film, as well as the other universes that are discussed in the film.  Hope Davis is one of the same god-like beings who is trying to get Ryan Reynolds to stop playing in these universes he has created and come back to the love that she and he once had, 4,000 years ago.  Melissa McCarthy is Ryan’s favorite human that he has created and the hook that keeps him in this reality.

The beauty of this movie is that there is not a wasted line of dialog.  There is not a wasted scene.  Each explanation by each characters informs who they are and what they do.  Let me take for example Hope’s character’s.

In the first universe she is a stay at home mom who has to watch her husbands creations even though she obviously does not want to.  This can be taken literally, as in the crying baby that she is constantly complaining about.  It can also be taken metaphorically, as in the universe that her husband/lover Ryan created that she is having to live through in order to get her husband back.

In the second universe Hope is Ryan’s executive producer on the television show he created (i.e. – a symbol of the new universe) that is trying to explain that the human characters are no good for him.  In the reality of this universe she is speaking of a specific character he has written on the show.  In the metaphorical sense, she is telling him that the humans in his universe are keeping him from realizing his full potential.  He has forgotten his full potential because he has been so immersed in these worlds that he doesn’t remember he is the one who created them.

In the third universe, Hope is a stranger who meets Ryan who is now a video game maker who makes online universes, a la Everquest.  She drugs Ryan and by putting him in a different state of this reality is able to reason with him and finally convince him of who he really is.  She talks about her boyfriend be addicted to Evercrack as a way to describe Ryan’s (her boyfriend) addiction to the humans in his world.

What I love about this movie is how they repeatedly talk about what Ryan can do as something that is incomprehensible to humans, but then use human allegories to define just what he is.  If you believed you were a human, but had to fathom that you were a god, what would be better than to relate your experiences to starring in a television show, writing a script or creating an online gaming universe.

I love this movie, and believe that repeat viewings only make it more wonderful as you see how many little intricacies intertwine between the three universes that we see.  It even has things like Ryan writing a note in Universe 2 that shows up in Universe 1: Look for  the nines.

I cannot recommend this movie highly enough.  Have you seen it?  What did you think of it?  What thoughts did you come up while watching it?  Let me know in comments below!

~Ryan Lynch