An intricately constructed blur of reality, virtual reality and metaphysical fantasy, The Nines unfolds in three separate but parallel and connected movies, featuring the same actors and often overlapping incarnations. Together, the three stories for 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?"
We are big fans of Ryan Reynolds in our house, and the trailers made it look like a mouth-wateringly mind-bending thriller, but in the end this movie just fizzles out. Certainly it’s quite fun trying to keep up with the altered dynamics as the same actors switch roles, and something is clearly going on, but the final reveal is very disappointing- if you’ve seen “Existenz” you’ll know the drill. Reynolds is dependable as ever but as most of his characters here are stuck in a pampered Hollyweird bubble, and the character changes he has to deal with only really involve sprouting or trimming facial hair and discarding a baseball cap, so this isn’t that much of a stretch for him. Could have been great all round, but it doesn’t really deliver on any level .