Excerpt: Impressive for what first-time director Neill Blomkamp has done with a limited budget and for its unique take on the alien invasion genre, "District 9" could have been better if it had remained focused on the main character rather than trying to show off a variety of filmmaking styles with a lot of flashy CG FX-driven action.
Excerpt: "District 9" keeps many of its surprises hidden. When it does unleash them, it's an incredible display of action and social commentary that blows the audience away. This is one of the best sci-fi films I've seen since "The Matrix" in terms of originality and immersing the audience in a new world.
Excerpt: Buitenaardse wezens zijn eindelijk op Aarde aanbeland maar in plaats van de geavanceerde mensachtige wezens die we steeds verwacht hadden zijn het garnaal-achtige wezens die dringend hulp nodig hebben aangezien hun complete leiding blijkbaar dood is gegaan en ze op het punt staan om uitgehongerd te zijn. De mensheid besluit om ze te helpen maar twintig jaar later begint de sleur erin te komen en begint de goedheid van de mensen serieus te minderen.
Excerpt: I suppose I’m a fan of alien movies, mainly in the sense that we don’t really know if they exist or not. Take seeing a film like “District 9″ and then as part of your double feature seeing “Steel Magnolias”. Right. The two just don’t seem to be comparable on the same level, do they? Alien movies, like those of vampires or horror films, have been around for a while.
Excerpt: There's so much that's good about District 9 -- so much thought, so much technical virtuosity, so much energy and pitch-black humor and narrative meat and visual detail and giddy-making sci-fi adventure -- that my first inclination is to suggest that you stop reading about it and just see the damn thing.
Excerpt: Science fiction has been covered from every conceivable angle that you can possibly think of, particularly over the last couple of decades. So it’s refreshing to know that there are still some relatively original and thought-provoking ideas left in a system that is currently remaking and re-imagining everything to death.
Excerpt: One of the most oft-discussed big budget fallouts in Hollywood – Microsoft’s canning of Peter Jackson ’s supposedly lavishly overdone "Halo" project – was one of the greatest things to happen in modern movie history. [Waits for the thousands, upon hundreds of thousands of cries-of-protest from rabid "Halo" fans to die down] Yeah, I said it. But, hear me out. What would we, as moviegoers, have gained from the planned "Halo" adaptation?
Conclusion: 'District 9' had me curious with its trailer, but nothing could have prepared me for the trip that the film is, a fantastic blend of intelligence and action. The replay value is infinite, as I found it to grow better with each and every viewing. This Blu-ray sports fantastic video and audio, and a healthy pile of extras. Based on the strength of the film and the disc, this is a must own title if ever there was one.
Summary: At first I was a little disappointed in District 9 . I expected Alien Nation , or something along those lines. The docu-style shooting took me a bit by surprise, and so I was heading, or so I thought, to disappointment. Somewhere along the way my expectations shifted, and the film only got better the longer it ran. I can’t tell you exactly when the change occurred, only that by the time it was over I wanted to see it again.
Excerpt: The Movie With a pinch of this and a dash of that, District 9 combines elements of past works of science fiction (and other genres) to create something fresh, new and undeniably powerful. Images, themes, and even large chunks of scenes are borrowed from The Fly , Alien Nation , RoboCop and even TV's The Office in this tale of 1.8 million-and-growing alien "prawns" who arrive in the skies above Johannesburg and eventually wind up cordoned off in a ghetto for the better...