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This review is from: District 9 [DVD]  (DVD)
Neill Blomkamps stunning directorial vision tells the story of a stranded race of aliens nicknamed prawns due to their appearance living in a shanty town named District 9. Attempting to relocate them to district 10 is MNU agent Wikus van de merwe brilliantly played by Sharlto Copley.
Abandoning the usual settings of Hollywood sc-fi and placing the film in the harsh slums of South Africa is a masterstroke. Also no celebrity names here, all unfamiliar actors but who still give solid performances. It's dark and moving with a story that is well told and that grips right from the beginning. A story which is almost saying that all humans are selfish driven by greed and vanity. Which is why this movie pulls no punches, hardly anyone comes out of it smelling of roses.
Blomkamp has managed to create aliens that are grotesque in appearance but yet display just enough feeling that made me care for their predicament something that the other humans in the Movie lack. The effects are genuinely good and don't look cheap with imaginative weaponry. No cheesy laser zappers here, just explosive firepower wait until you see what one alien gun does to a human Body.
The last third of the movie involves firefights and brilliant battle scenes with alien weaponry. Rarely in the sci-fi genre has a movie been so deep dealing with so many issues through prejudice, mans inhumanity and cruelness and large corrupt companies. Central to it is the superb performance of Copley and his bond with the alien Christopher. Blomkamp has fused a great story together and created a classic sci-fi flick that I enjoyed immensely.
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Initial post: 9 Nov 2009 16:50:55 GMT
Williamina M. Gardiner says:
I found this review very helpfull. Gave just enough of the story without letting anything important slip. On this review alone, I am going to get this DVD, as I do enjoy 'different' sci/fi films.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2009 15:05:10 GMT
Thanx for your comment im glad you found it useful.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2009 09:15:56 GMT
Mr. Rb Bond says:
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2009 16:10:54 GMT
J. Yeow says:
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2010 20:15:48 GMT
It's all a matter of opinion of course. Dune was in my view a worthy effort at the time. Perhaps another film version will be made in the not too distant future, with better effects, but it's not about that is it? Just think about Bladerunner, made in 1982, and not really bettered by any other Sci-fi movie since (it's scary to think its not far off thirty years old, where has the time gone?!) ....... I look forward to seeing District 9 - thank you for your review.
Posted on 4 Jan 2010 14:28:58 GMT
Carolyn Black says:
your the reason me and my boy friend got
this movie. thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2010 13:10:36 GMT
N. Thompson says:
Dune was a good film ..... as quite often the profesional US critics were too harsh on it. A good film.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2010 02:34:29 GMT
Mr. Rwj Nixon says:
Dune is not a good film...but it is a heroic failure...interesting it may be but overblown it certainly is...but still enjoyable
Posted on 14 Jan 2010 21:14:10 GMT
Posted on 25 Feb 2010 09:09:23 GMT
How do people rate Dune as a film. I watched it many years ago as a Sci Fi fan and can honestly say it is one of the worst films i have seen. I really don't understand how people see anything in it. This aside watched D9 yesterday. In the first 10 minutes or so i thought it was going to be awful. The mocumentary has been done so may times and the lead character was such an anti - lead - type. By the end i was thoroughly impressed. Great film. Good review. Ta.