District 9

District 9:
part-documentary about life in South Africa 20 years after aliens first landed on earth. This is an unbelievably fresh take on the alien/sci-fi movie and when you pair the idea with such outstanding graphics, the film looks and feels a thousand times more real and believable than the clichéd outer-space bloodbath. Despite his radical transformation, the acting – pretty much one guy – is very good, and remains believable. It’s quite messy, but the blood, gore and black comedy makes this feel more like Braindead / Bad Taste – ‘specially the alien guns! The last 30 minutes are crammed with cheesy blockbuster action, which feels wrong here and is a bit of a let down: I also hate how humans can use complex, alien machinery without training! South African’s will no doubt pick up the racism and poverty undertones, although they’re not in your face (unless you’re Nigerian or a Nigerian Scammer). It’s a well-made and very fresh idea, that passes far to quickly but falls short in the last quarter. Leaves you hungry for prawns. Second viewing in a year, still great.

Score: 8/10

  1. Dan said:

    Terrific film. Hugely original take on the genre, and Sharlto Copley is great in the lead role.


  2. Will said:

    Love it, one of the best sci-fi movies in recent years. A bit disorienting with the shaky-cam, but I forgive it because the whole thing is so fun.


  3. Novroz said:

    I love this movie, it’ll be on number 1 spot if I ever write my top 10 of best movie in 2009.

    This is where I fall in love with Sharlto’s talent.


  4. WOW, one of the few consensus comments for a film!

    After watching it you can’t help but run around shouting “fucking prons”


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