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: 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: 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?
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: Human behavior in District 9 is deplorable. MNU employee Wikus Van De Merwe is investigating the alien-populated District 9, and discovers eggs laid by the Prawns, the latter term offensive slang for the aliens. The eggs are against the policies created by humans for the aliens, undoubtedly against their will, and they are ordered to be burned.
Excerpt: For the second time this summer, a young, brand-new director has emerged from out of nowhere to present a vision of where sci-fi can go from here. It first happened with Moon , the elegant and tightly sealed thinkpiece from Duncan Jones that operated far more with the head than with the heart.
Excerpt: Smuggling a strong political allegory under the guise of a scrappy, docu-style science fiction thriller, Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 asks a simple question: If an alien spacecraft stalled out over a major city, stranding legions of starving and impoverished creatures, how would humankind respond?