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I'd heard good things about District 9, but I still expected something akin to Battle for LA. What I didn't expect was a documentary style sci-fi film that was more of a commentary on the politics of Johannesburg townships and refugee camps than a film about shooting aliens. Though what was even more surprising was the fact that the first name that appears on the screen was Peter Jackson! How did I no know that?!
The film opens by saying that everyone expected aliens to land in the US, so for them to appear in South Africa took the world by surprise. Though when no aliens appear from the mother ship, humans make their way in and discover aliens in an extreme state of malnutrition and disease. A health station is set up in Johannesburg to help the aliens recover, but over time this area becomes a slum, known as District 9, and has all the usual problems associated with slums. The main human character Wikus (Sharlto Copley) works for MNU (Multi National United - a kind of OCP company) and his role is to convince the Prawns (as the aliens are derogatorily known) to move to a new township.
Sharlto is really good; the wit, attitude and emotion he brings to Wikus is brilliant, as is his accent when he swears. His character arc is very reminiscent of Seth Brundle in the fly, and I feel that there were several nods to that film. I thought that the Prawns looked really good, nothing that fancy or grotesque, but they were very realistic and really looked like they inhabited the township they were in. I think because I was expecting a shooty-aliens style film, I was really amazed by the completely novel take on the genre and really quite complex plot; not to mention the complex dynamic of humans living alongside the aliens including all the people who exploit the township for personal gains.
A very good film; well shot, cool special effects (WETA of course, being a PJ Wingnut production), nice documentary style and a very different take on the alien invasion genre. Well worth a look.
The effects in this film are outstanding when you consider what the budget was. The story is so well written and the directing sucks you in from the beginning. All you want to do is keep watching and by the end you almost hate the entire human race, almost.
This is definitely one to get in your collection and you will find yourself watching it over and over again.
A Sci Fi movie of which there is none like its kind, this movie has depth, this movie will take you on emotional rollercoaster ride that by the end you will thinking we deserved whatever is coming to us.
Using Aliens as refugees on a foreign planet(Earth) the movie ever so subtly engages im racism that plagues our society and since District 9 is in South Africa that almost an indirect reference to the Apartheid regime that Nelson Mandela help overthow.
so plot of the movie is pretty complex, you will need several viewings to understand the goals and reservations of characters found in it. its literally modern time racism replaced by aliens being the victims of our cruel human governments. but by the end of the movie you will realise humanity is pretty much screwed.
so bring lotsa tissues and beer and prepare to watch the Masterpiece of the Sci Fi Genre.
This is an incredible film, loved every minute of it, didn know what to expect apart from it being a sci-fi. I really felt for the charecters, through great acting and story telling, top notch special effects. This is a story of a clash of opposits, but how they both need each other as much as the other, and have to team up and thus form a real airtight bond. Classic film in my eyes, was blown away, easily in my top ten films ever