With stunning special effects this grittily realistic film plunges us into a world where aliens have landed... only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet.
Where Did This Come From?
- District 9 review by Jawbreaker
Out of the ashes of the abandoned Halo project arrives District 9. One of the best science fiction films I've seen in several years. Hollywood just doesn't give the green light to such projects nowadays, but thanks to producer Peter Jackson, we have this tale of an alien colony living in a slum in South Africa. There are no stars here, instead Blomkamp delivers a gritty tale that blends documentary footage, 80's inspired television drama and quick editing that results in a captivating experience. For a debut director this is very impressive and a brave ending leaves you wanting more.
The first 30 minutes or so of this film are a bit ropey and shot in a fake documentary/reality TV style, though once fake TV section is over then it soon becomes enjoyable and thrilling ride. Thought set on Earth the film is somewhat reminiscent to the 80's sci-fi classic "Enemy Mine" in which a human and alien have to team up for their own survival. The storyline is good and moves along at a decent pace and has a great ending, which keeps open the possibly of a sequel. Well worth a rental.
The premise is old and tired. So is this film. It dribbles along until the last half hour then seems to pick up the pace to a slow jog. I was dissapointed with this on so many levels. What a waste of time. It is bigotted and racist in my opinion. Save yourself almost 2hrs of boredom.
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cant wait for the sequel
- District 9 review by TB
wow what a aurprise fil. not what I expected-funny,great fx and some cool acting by the lead chahracter. Watched this with the family-the laguague was a bit strong but the action and the emotion of the film were surprisingly good. Is ther a follow up........I hope so! Well done Neil B- agret movie