Sunday, January 24, 2010

District 9 (2009) R - 3½ Stars

As Sci-Fi's are one of my favorite types of movies, I was eager to see this movie. Talk about segregation of illegal aliens, this one makes you take a good look at how society seems to act now. I did find it visually stimulating but in a depressive way, ending with so many questions asked and an obvious sequel in the works.

Almost 30 years ago aliens from another world, the last of their race, came to earth in a ginormous space craft. Instead of attacking the planet, these beings were quickly rounded up and confined to an alien refugee camp in South Africa. In all this time, nothing has been learned from these creatures, nor any advancements made by humans to learn any new weaponry technology. As a matter of fact, the humans aren't real fond of sharing their planet with these hideous garbage eating creatures. To solve the problem MNU, the Multi-National United, is formed to watch over and keep the aliens under control. But their real goal is to try and figure out how to get any of the alien equipment to work. This way they can be the first to profit from their discoveries. The problem is the weaponry will not work without alien DNA.

MNU field operative Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is exposed to some sort of bio techno virus that causes his DNA to mutate altering him closer to the aliens make up. Now he is the only one that can operate the alien technology, making him the most hunted man on the planet with no where to hide but District 9.

Nominated for 4 Oscar's, Awards include:

2009 - Austin Film Critics - Best First Film
2009 - Chicago Film Critics Association - Most Promising Filmmaker
2009 - National Board of Review - Best Independent Film

Sony Pictures Releasing, TriStar Pictures
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writers: Terri Tatchell, Neill Blomkamp
Producers: Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson
I viewed 8/09

1 comment:

Lyz said...

If you enjoyed this film, you should see its unofficial prequel done by Neill Blomkamp: