Excerpt: It was the marketing coup of the young century: When in January 2008 "Cloverfield" launched in theaters worldwide, the film was already on everyone's lips. The "Cloverfield" strategists at producer J.J. Abrams had without the pull of big stars get along and there was no popular literary model. In addition, the budget of just $ 25 million was far removed from the usual blockbuster for comparable magnitude.
Excerpt: This film really surprised me. I had high expectations, but I did not know this would be great. This film is brilliant! The thing that caught my attention right away was the documentary sections. I did not think it could be so appealing, but the mockumentary strategy really sets this film apart from every other lame alien movie. It makes the entire story feel so real. Brilliant filmmaking!
Summary: This movie was intense throughout. The effects were amazing and so were all the characters. With social commentar throughout, this movie provided, action, suspense, sadness, happiness, and all around craziness. Strangely believable on so many levels. This movie is a MUST see for all. This is not your average Sci-Fi Movie.
Summary: Although the thinly veiled allegory for apartheid is at times preachy, the sci-fi post-apocalyptic world crafted here is unique and richly realized. First-time actor Sharlto Copley is impressive and the film manages to remain exciting, while, at the same time, touching on interesting themes not often found in the sci-fi genre.
Excerpt: When an malfunctioning alien spaceship strands over a million of its inhabitants on Earth, they find an unlikely champion in the shape of a previously self serving weapons manufacturer exec who starts to metamorphose into one of them after exposure to an unknown chemical. District 9's plot takes a lot of cues from cult 80s sci-fi, most obviously the racism allegory of Alien Nation and the genetic mutation premise from Cronenberg's The Fly.
Excerpt: Multinational United (MNU) is tasked to relocate the aliens from District 9 to District 10. Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is assigned the relocation of aliens by serving illegal eviction notices. He then gets infected while growing an alien arm so MNU conducts several tests such as using his hand to fire the alien weapons. Wikus makes a deal with an alien (Christopher) to have his hand fixed and the aliens go home.
Summary: This movie was amazing for an alien apartheid mockumentary film. The acting was good from the two main leads. The story of a father trying to get him and his son home to their home planet is actually emotionally appealing considering the father is a freaky cock roach looking alien thing.