Synopsis: Communication is the key for the survival of nine strangers who have been kidnapped by a masked gunman and told that one of them will die every ten minutes until they discover why they are there.
My Quick Review: Usually in this kind of Game movies, the film starts with the strangers in a locked space (Cube, Saw movies…)so it was a nice little change when in Nine Dead, we actually see a bit of the killer’s preparation before the game begins, like the room set-up and the kidnappings.
The concept of the game here is very similar to Fermat’s Room where, in order to win/survive, they have to figure out what they have in common. Obviously the characters here are very distinct and quite cliches but it somehow worked and the director manages to keep the tension going for the whole movie (I never looked at my watch) despite the fact that me almost never go outside of the room (apart from some flashback and exposition scenes). As far as the guessing game is concerned, it was mainly resolved by the middle of the movie but there was some nice missing pieces that kept on coming until the end.
Talking about the end, this one was a huge disappointment for me. Once the reason of the game has been found out, there is no real final twist and one of the character’s fate is left in suspense without making too much of a sense.
Nine Dead is an entertaining movie with a simple but efficient plot that will keep you guessing. With a better end and some better acting it could have deserved a better rating but I had a good time watching it and this is already more than I can say for many recent movies I’ve seen.
My Rating: 6/10.
Director: Chris Shadley