Monday, March 29, 2010

District 9 (2009)

A government agency is in the middle of relocating the second-class citizens of an alien interment camp when one of its leading commissioners becomes contaminated with the alien DNA, causing instant mutations and widespread panic. Wikus must now seek refuge amongst the aliens he once suppressed if he plans to find a cure. With the military closing in around him, he and an unlikely ally must seek out a rare fuel source in order to restore power to the alien mother ship in the hopes of restoring his humanity and freeing the alien captives.

DISTRICT 9 is an epic SciFi Action adventure film with mind-blowing visuals and a unique story that sets it apart from every other entry in the genre. The computerized effects are indistinguishable from the live-action shots, integrating the animated characters seamlessly alongside the human actors. Neill Blomkamp's break-through film introduces some of the most imaginative weapons, vehicles, and creatures in the recent era of SciFi cinema, creating a fully realized fantasy world on screen. His script also includes a sharp wit and a surprising amount of gore for a film of its type. Sharlto Copley starts off as a pompous and unlikeable government enforcer, but he wins over the audience's trust and sympathies as he learns the errors of his ways and transforms into the selfless hero. The high-powered action sequences never take away from the humanitarian (alienitarian?) plot as many have suggested, but rather emphasize the frightening use of force that world leaders use to control and suppress marginalized groups within a society. DISTRICT 9 is one of the strongest and most original Science Fiction films to hit audiences in the last decade, and it is as much of a visual spectacle as it is an engaging and thoughtful socio-political commentary.

Rating: 10/10.
Gore: 6/10.
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7 comments:

  1. Okay, I gotta admit that I'm the only person I know who thought this movie was awful. Just miserable. I couldn't wait for it to end. I know guys who worship it. Maybe it's a dude thing, but I'm a fair tomboy and I still don't get it. I appreciate that guys find something in this movie. I'm sure they look at "He's Just Not That Into You" and shake their heads too. Truce.

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  2. Youre certainly not alone, I know many scifi fanboys that thought it was dreadful, but after a rough start I really began getting in to the film and I thought it had an awesome Half Life 2 vibe to it. I dont expect everyone to like it whatsoever, but for my tastes I dont feel anything could have been done to improve the film for what it was, so I gave it a 10/10. Plus the tabloids were hilarious lol..

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  3. No, Autumnforest, you're not the only one. My kids and I also thought this movie was atrocious. The entire time my 15 yr old son was muttering, "this is the gayest movie on the face of the Earth.", "i think we should turn this off", "omg, could it get any dumber??", "holy crap, I'm going to be brain dead at the end of this movie, Mom, just call the short bus in the morning.". I have to admit that by the end of it, we were all drooling and pacing the floor like psych patients. Mine was probably due to listening to my son, his was from the movie. Upon watching it again myself.....I again had the feeling of my brain exploding. But, then again, I'm kind of jaded because I don't think Hollyweird has put our a really GOOD movie since.........Lord of the Rings.

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  4. I thought the film had a great premise and the FX were well done. The rest of the film I thought sucked though. The main character was really annoying.

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  5. Carl, I'm with ya 10/10. Thought it was the best SciFi film in a long time; I'm sick of Alien retreads. Lord of the Rings guru Peter Jackson produced District 9 so it is not really a Hollywood-based film, more like New Zealand. I felt the movie had some heart and soul

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  6. I'm with Carl and Chris - heart-felt sci-fi that still has tons of balls, action, and mind-blowing FX work. Especially @ Chris - 100% agreed on "sick of ALIEN retreads". DISTRICT 9 shows us that creativity still bubbles up now & again in this time of soulless remakes and copycats.

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  7. To be honest, I was more interested in the early Documentary-style stuff than the other part of the plot. That's not to say that I was against the explosive action scenes or anything.

    As far as it being a message film, I have no problem with that...as long as nobody describes it as 'subtle.'

    Besides, any movie that has a gun that makes people literally explode gets at least 8 stars from me. :-)

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