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Nine Days Blu-ray Review

“Nine Days” is a largely involving drama. 

Ever since “Nine Days” garnered a tremendous amount of buzz at the Sundance Film Festival, I’ve been curious about seeing it. For the most part, it did not disappoint. 

Written and directed by Edson Oda (in his feature debut),  “Nine Days” revolves around a man named Will who spends his days watching live point-of-views of people living. He keeps notes and files on the people while watching them on numerous televisions. When a musician (Amanda) tragically kills herself, a spot for a new soul/body opens up. Will picks several applicants (AKA unborn souls) who have a chance to fill that spot. In order to get that opportunity, they have to go through trials, observe others, and answer tough questions. The failed applicants get one last wish to recreate a moment before they cease to exist. While all of this is going on, Will is going through his own internal issues. He’s generally quiet, reserved, harboring pain and has become distraught over the loss of Amanda (whose death he fixates on). Through the help of others, Will just might be able to overcome his grief and maybe have his life changed.

On paper, “Nine Days” sounds like a faith based drama, but it’s not. It’s more like Pixar’s “Soul” if anything (although both films may have been conceived around the same time). It’s an intriguing film that dives into some weighty themes about humanity, voyeurism, judgment, violence, and living life to the fullest. While slow to start, Oda’s poignant script pulls you in the more the story unfolds. It’s one of those surprising and moving dramas that surprises you and sneaks up on you. 

A lot of the film’s success is due to the all-star cast made up of Winston Duke, Benedict Wong, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgard, and Tony Hale. Duke has the most complex role here and the actor shows real versatility. It’s hard to believe this is the same actor that played M’Baku in “Black Panther.” The real scene stealers though are Zazie Beetz (who is the heart and soul of this movie) and Benedict Wong who plays a friend of Will’s named Kyo. Beetz continues to become one of the most dynamic actresses around with each new project. Wong should just be in every movie period at this point. He brings so much to the table.

If I had to knock the film at all, I’d say the ending didn’t really land for me. It may be impactful on the surface, but a lengthy end monologue of a Walt Whitman poem and the general circumstances of the ending didn’t connect with me personally. Moreover, it would have been nice to have gotten a little more insight into this world. It feels a bit too shrouded in secrecy even if that was the point. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. Grade: A-

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: A-

Extras include Sony trailers, a “Nine Days” trailer and a making of featurette.

November 7, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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