This is an interesting variation on horror films; not your typical "fright" film, it is a compelling exploration of a set of people who are brought together under an extreme circumstance to learn about each other. It will appeal to your brain, your heart, and your fright zone.Noted that the film is likely to be rated "R". This may be unexpected to some viewers who remember the TV series work of Ms. Melissa Joan Hart. But the quality of the film - the acting, the writing, the production, etc. - are sufficient so that no one should be anything but well pleased.Undoubtedly, <more>
this film will soon find a distributor and be available to see at local theaters - not to mention being soon after available on DVD.
MAJOR Twists toward the end, and some in between... great thriller. (by grizz3344)
I loved this movie 10/10. I am telling u guys to WATCH THIS MOVIE. But some of the death scenes were pretty sad...I really wasn't expecting Christian to go first. I was pretty shocked.The pedophile i wanted to be the first to go. He could be funny at time, but it took a turn for the worst when i found out what his character had done. Happy to see him go.When the black guy escaped i knew he would never make it... i was shocked when he survived. Chan was my favorite so i was happy it was him that time and not her. When the black guy was shot i was pretty sad, but not in tears.OMG, the 4th <more>
death was the most shocking. Especially when the priest took the bullet for Eddie. I felt bad for eddie especially because he had a wife and kid at home... it was really sad when i thought he was going... but he survived that round. And i thought he was the next to go. It was pretty shocking when he wasn't. When Chan died next, i cried. She never had a chance to fight and help the group all that much. She made me tear up because she seemed so sweet and she'd do anything to stay alive but i knew she wouldn't because she was the odd one out. I hated to see her go it made me shake... and tear up :' Next was Sully. i expected him to go before chan honestly. I wasn't sorry to see him go. All he did was complain the whole time and was mean to chan. "Sing it sister." his death was pretty nasty getting shot and blood coming out his mouth.Next, shocked the heck out of me!!! When Kelly, Eddie, and the policeman solved the puzzle of why they were here. I wasn't shocked that Kelly beat up the guy and took the gun. But it opened up a whole new perspective on Kelly's character. She had murdered someone before, and she knew that if the other 2 got out or the killer, that they could possibly tell someone. So she shot both Eddie and her ex-lover. I felt bad for both of them because i liked them. When she shot the killer i thought it was well deserved.She dropped the gun and began to run. The police were like right behind her and i remember thinking, "She wont make it." When she got out of the building all i could think was..."There's still fingerprints left on the gun. Yours, and nobody elses now."
The story is interesting and suspenseful. The plot is like jigsaw puzzles and it is good that in the end all the pieces are put together.My own complaint is the ending. It does not conclude the movie. It feels unfinished! That lawyer bitch was running. The police arrived and was searching the place. Then what? The ending credits rolled up abruptly. It would have been better to show what happened to the lawyer bitch.Perhaps the movie ending is designed in that way deliberately. It lets the audience imagine what would happen to Kelley the lawyer bitch? Well, her future sure ain't pretty.PS: <more>
A great "SAW" like film, but disappointing ending / (by rlord_1992)
I thought altogether the film was very much worth watching, and I'd definitely watch it again! The film is much like the SAW series without the disgusting gore and with more thought involved. When I say thought, I mean that it keeps you involved making you try to figure out why they're there. The acting was average but you can't expect the best for a low budget film, and I think the acting did do justice. The only real disappointment with this film; was the ending, it's as if they're trying to lead you on to a sequel :/ Maybe they ran out of money for the film and had to <more>
cut it short but there are so many better ways to finish what would otherwise have been a blockbuster! :
The poster suggests a cheap knock off of the Saw franchise. So does the first few minutes of this low budget movie, showing nine blindfolded persons being brought into a decrepit industrial room and handcuffed by a masked gunman. As it unfolds, though, Nine Dead turns out to be a surprisingly good, engaging and even intelligent drama. The gunman tells the nine seemingly disparate people among them a policeman, a district attorney, a nightclub owner, a priest, a street burglar, a pedophile who has served time in jail and a man who works for an insurance company that he will come into the <more>
room every ten minutes and kill one of them until they tell him the reason he has brought them there. As the movie unfolds, and more and more people get killed by the gunman, the survivors realized they are all connected through the gripping case of an innocent man whose life was destroyed by them. The movie stays away from the gore and the torture beyond the necessary and goes for an intelligent plot. It is also well acted mostly by unknowns to me, except Melissa Joan Hart in a good turn as a district attorney who turns out to be the most amoral person in the movie . If the penultimate scene seems to indicate that the movie will settle for a comforting finale, the great ending leave us with the good taste of a surprisingly good movie.
This movie has credible characters in incredible circumstances, and the director and writer are obviously influenced by the master, Hitchcock, so this is almost sure to have mostly upside.No doubt many will think of SAW when this is seen. But lets face it, there are millions of films, and no matter what you make, it will overlap other films. I didn't get the impression that this was a "copy" at any time, but merely an original script.9 people are chained in a room by a masked man, and unless they can figure out why, he will kill one every ten minutes.Of course the masked man is <more>
a loony, but we at least learn later there is a method to his madness. It doesn't even begin to justify what he does, but it does give us a credible belief that he is doing it. Not once do you feel you are watching actors during this film. The characters are very well drawn, and there are lots of little intricacies that you may not notice till later.This is very Hitchcock oriented, with lots of drama and believable characters. I won't spoil the film, but will say that those of us who grew up poor and live uninsured lives will see the key to the mystery long before the others, and it is worth noting that the English speaking characters in this drama were all either in the upper crust or such thugs that they would not care, which was part of the point of the film.There's a lot to this film. It wasn't watered down, and it has lots of upside. It looked like it wasn't hampered at all by jealousy on the drawing board, which means it was done by professionals from the director down to the assistant assistant set designer.While SAW was original enough, this film is superior to SAW on all levels, particularly if you want believable action, story and characters.
Very good movie indeed. I don't understand why other reviewers find the ending terrible - do you need to get everything spelled out and bent in neon?Very good point that nobody is innocent, they have just not received a sentence for their crimes, so they can merrily believe, that they have done nothing wrong. Which is arrogant, wrong and not insightful.***spoilers here***Let me bend the end in neon to those, who thinks it was terrible: - All that happened in the room was broadcast on some media channel - at some point we see the room on a computer monitor, indicating that there is a <more>
camera down there. The villain even says, that it has been broadcast for everyone to see, so as we see the district attorney flee like a dog, thinking that she can just continue her lifestyle like nothing happened, she has not learned anything. Do we need to see her arrest, trial, punishment etc?Maybe the point is, that it is the most cynical who is able to take advantage of the situation who survives. Don't come with morale and ethics and such expensive concepts - when it comes to survival, people will do anything. And it usually pays off. And that's the true horror in an otherwise civilized world.
I thought this film was absolutely amazing, it was a great thriller, had an amazing story line and really kept you on the edge of your seat right to the end just to know what was going to happen. The acting was really good as well, its nice to see Melissa Joan Hart in such a different role than what we have seen her in before. The other actors on the were also really good and they played there part absolutely perfectly. I watched this film thinking it was going to be really bad because all the reviews said that it was, but while watching it I was trying to discover if they were watching the <more>
same film as i thought it was it was brilliant. Now for the reason of the 8 out of 10, the ending has been mentioned in several reviews and they are spot on, the ending was dreadful. Bad ending ruin films and that is what has happened with this film as well, it was just ridiculous.
This is excellent ... even the ending (by Ma_Herbo)
First, this is not a horror movie, but a thriller. Yes there is violence, but you can see worst in CSI series.I read the reviews on IMDb before seeing the movie and was warned about the «bad person» getting away with it in the end, which seem to be a big moral mishap for some. So I had to watch it to make my own opinion. I'm glad I did as it is a script well written in my opinion, a lot better than what you can expect for a low-budget movie.I don't want to say anything about the plot, as it reveals itself pretty quickly and it is the whole point of the movie. The pace is really good <more>
for a «dialog» movie.That being said, there are two clues as to why the «bad person» doesn't get away with it: 1- It is said at one point that the whole thing was filmed and everybody saw it, and 2- Note that there is a weapon that is dropped at a crime scene at one point with the fingerprints of the «bad person» on it. The police will necessarily be able to link the «bad person» to the crime. So it is impossible that this person will get away with it.The following is a MAJOR SPOILER and is meant as a discussion after one saw the movie to explain why the moral of the story is good, so stop reading if you haven't seen it yet. You've been warned.* * * SPOILER * * * SPOILER * * * SPOILER * * * SPOILER * * *A lot of people think that the lawyer got away with it, which spreads bad moral. It is quite the opposite.Out of the nine persons, you can identify 3 kinds of people:1- People who do bad things, but not specifically to the victim, and never got caught:a The guy who sells drug and rob stores;b The guy in the mafia;c The pedophile and rapist;d The guy who robs houses and sells stolen guns on the streets;e The store owner who perjure herself She only speaks mandarin, but one can imagine she knowingly lied on the stand, which is probably what the shooter tells her in her ear before killing her .All of these people died, shot by the father's victim. In this regard, the father's victim can be regarded as carrying justice where the justice system failed.2- People who don't do bad things per say, but did not help when they could:a The priest;b The police officer;c The insurance broker.The shooter did NOT kill any of those people. Justice punishment? was served some other way. The priest's death can be regarded as a suicide, as he jump in front of the line of fire. One can say that the bullet was meant for the insurance broker, but remember that the shooter said that everything was carefully planned and he knew how everybody would react. One can imagine that he knew the priest would react this way, out of guilt, and never meant to shoot the insurance broker.All of the people of both categories above felt some sort of remorse about what they did - or didn't - do, before dying. You could even add the shooter himself to this list.3- The last person left is the lawyer, who not only is the only one who knew precisely her action was going to hurt the victim, but also is the only one who didn't felt any remorse at all. She even sank deeper in crime for her own selfish gain.Everything was filmed and seen by, presumably, the police. The gun with fingerprints of the lawyer is left on the scene of the crime. Even though she is seen fleeing, the police is close behind and we can imagine she will be caught soon and be punished by the justice system, maybe even the death penalty. Worst case scenario, she will not get her old life back and will flee from the police for the rest of her life.So, from this point of view, the movie seems to spread some very high moral values. And it does it quite smartly.