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District 9
Review written on: August 16th, 2009

District 9 Review

When the film first started, I was a bit turned off.  The first bit of it (half hour, maybe?) is very shakey cam ala Cloverfield.  Which I definitely didn’t care for.  However, overall, the way this movie is filmed is pretty amazing.  You almost forget you’re watching a motion picture for a while, and think you’re watching a documentary.  I think that’s the goal.

I was taken aback by some of the CGI in the film.  Where movies these days tend to shy away from over the top violence, District 9 embraces it.  Showing people’s heads explode, their bodies being torn apart, that’s definitely not shying away from anything.  District 9 has their CGI down pat. And it shows throughout the entire movie.

There were a few scenes where the prawns (the aliens that look like giant shrimp) didn’t look quite as real as scenes where you could tell they were actors in costumes.  Overall though, the aliens looked pretty amazing, and very well done.

The story of movie is one that you don’t realize until after it’s over.  And it’s a good one.  In the majority of alien movies of today, the aliens come to earth, and they’re immediately the bad guys. They’re here to kill us and take over.  That’s not the case with District 9.  In District 9 the humans are the bad guys.  We fear what we don’t understand, and I think that message gets through loud and clear.

Unknown actor Sharlto Copley plays Wicus, the lead guy in the film, and the relocation of the aliens project in the movie.  According to IMdB, he’s never acted before, and this is not only his first movie, but his first anything. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be getting plenty of work after this. He’s simply amazing.  He steals the entire movie, and portrays an amazing character on screen.

I really liked the movie. It could have been a lot better, but it also could have been quite a lot worse.  I felt there were parts that could have been cut out, to get the runtime down to an hour and 45 minutes. But overall, I don’t have a lot of gripes about it.  If you had an inkling to see the movie, and haven’t yet, definitely go see it. It’s worth the price of admission, and I imagine it’s going to look amazing when it comes out on Blu-ray.

 

One Comment

  1. Ashley on said:

    What about its blatant appeals to the horrors of apartheid? I agree that we automatically villianize the foreigners, but if you aren’t familiar with apartheid in South Africa, you need to at least read the Wikipedia article on this. I liked District 9 because of its juxtaposition of historical content with the quintessential science fiction experience. Great article; I’m surprise to learn that Sharlto Copley is a novice actor.

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