It’s always sad to see a high-profile actor slum it in a film clearly because the check had too many zeroes to pass on. Kevin Spacey, two time Oscar winner and regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation, clearly took on Nine Lives because it was too much money to pass. There’s no way it was for the artistic side of voicing a cat.
Spacey is a billionaire who works too much and has essentially ruined the relationships in his life because of it. When his body gets stuck in a coma, and his mind trapped inside a cat, he’s got to figure out how to get his mind back into his real body within a week or else be trapped there forever. Also he learns a valuable lesson about working too much and the importance of family, et al.
There’s nothing special to this film as it’s nothing more than counter programming to the summer 2016 blockbuster season that didn’t manage to find an audience.
If you’ve ever thought what The Shaggy Dog would look like but with a cat … this is your film. It’s a near duplicate copy of that film … but with a cat. Outside of Kevin Spacey’s voice programming a cute cat there’s nothing that’s interesting, engaging or at least worth more than just using it as a way of distracting your children for 90 minutes or so.
There’s a pair of EPK pieces that don’t add much back to the viewing experience.
20th Century Fox presents Nine Lives . Directed by Barry Sonnenfield. Written by Gwyn Lurie, Matt R. Allen, Caleb Wilson, Daniel Antoniazzi, Ben Shiffrin. Starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, Cheryl Hines, Mark Consuelos, Malina Weissman, Christopher Walken. Run Time: 87 minutes. Rated PG. Released on: 11.1.16
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