There are a lot of questions one could ask about "Nine Lives," but mostly they revolve how anybody convinced Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken, and Jennifer Garner to star in this thing. Granted, they all probably got some nice vacation money for doing it, but at what cost?
Regardless, there is a weird can’t-look-away quality to the movie from Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men In Black," "The Addams Family"), which centers on a high-powered businessman who is cursed with living as a cat until he learns to be more attentive to his family. Here’s the official synopsis, which is way too long for this kind of movie:
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).
Rebecca’s 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store’s eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants.
En route to his daughter’s party, Tom has a terrible accident. When he regains consciousness he discovers that somehow, he has become trapped inside the body of the cat. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected.
If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.
"Nine Lives" arrives on August 5th, serving as counter-programming to "Suicide Squad."