Tuesday, 23 August 2016

'Nine Lives' Review


Do you ever see a film on Rotten Tomatoes that has such a low score and you think to yourself, "Hey, surely it can't be that bad". Rather foolishly, that was me last week and I made one of my worst decisions by deciding to go out and see 'Nine Lives'. 


Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a billionaire whose workaholic lifestyle has led to him drifting apart from his wife (Jennifer Garner) and his daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). As Rebecca's birthday draws near, Tom looks to make up for not being there by buying a seemingly harmless cat and a strange event puts Tom into the body of the cat. He now has one week to reconnect with his family or he will be forced to live the rest of his life as a cat.

Kevin Spacey is one of my favourite actors of all time, He is two of my favourite villains in 'Se7en' as John Doe and in 'The Usual Suspects' as Keyser Soze. He is one of our finest actors working today. He has recently been doing fantastic work in 'House of Cards' for which he has won a Golden Globe and a SAG award for. He's also a two time Academy Award winner for his work in 'The Usual Suspects' and 'American Beauty'. Now how on earth has someone so immensly talented ended up in such a travesty of a movie like this? I don't believe that this is a project that Spacey would be taking completely serious and is surely- and hopefully- just a payday for Spacey. 

I feel sorry for everybody involved in this. There is some serious talent in this movie. I mean Kevin Spacey and Christopher Walken being in a movie together should be very exciting but this film does not allow you to get much if any joy from the pair working together. Jennifer Garner is also in this and also could do much better. It's hard with a film so ridiculous and awful as this to really criticise the actors as there isn't really anything that they could do that would be able to save this movie. In saying that none of them are good in the film and you struggle to get enjoyment from seeing any of them in the film. You just feel really sorry for them.

For a film being made in 2016 where animals can be created via CGI to look almost perfect, the film could have least bothered to achieve this. Yes the use a real cat a lot but for the scenes when they want the cat to do something, you can see the poor effects as it transcends from reality to an awful effect. The film couldn't even succeed with this which is a real shame as it could've been the one positive of the film.

The film is listed as a comedy and it really is far from it. The film uses a good couple of minutes showing cat videos from YouTube which will get laughs from children and cat fanatics and that's about it. The film has a continous gag of the cat falling off of anything and it really beats you over the head with it. When a joke isn't funny the first time and then they use it to death, it creates a painful viewing experience. The rest of the comedy is of an equal standard so I guess they felt that it worked and put all of their eggs into one basket. 

Overall, 'Nine Lives' is one of the worst movies of the year. There aren't any aspects that are good and please stay away from this movie. It is not worth your time, money or effort. Don't even see it on Netflix. Don't even watch it illegally it's a waste of a search. I hope everyone involved makes better decisions in the future. I just feel sorry for the cat who didn't have a choice.

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So are you one of the unfortunate soles who has seen 'Nine Lives'? If so what did you think of it? I hope that this review was useful for if you were planning on seeing this movie but please don't see it, I can't stress that enough. Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my review, it is much appreciated!

By Angus McGregor