Excerpt: In honor of "Elysium" opening this August, I am going to take a look back at a previous sci-fi/action film that was shepherded back in 2009 by none other than rising star Neill Blomkamp. That film is "District 9". "District 9" is a provocative sci-fi/action film with a riveting original story that balances hardcore action set-pieces with stinging social/political commentary.
Excerpt: District 9 isn't your typical science fiction movie. It may not appeal to lovers of the Terminator series, or anything similar. But, it has got to be one of my favourite science fiction movies of all time, if not one of my favourite movies in general. Starring the wonderfully talented Shartlo Copley as Wikus Van De Merwe, a worker for the central organization MNU, dealing in alien affairs. It's a wonderfully put together plot, and wonderfully acted.
Excerpt: District 9 is 2009s surprise hit of the year. Wikus Van de Merwe is the newly appointed head of an operation to evict more than one million alilens, nicknamed prawns, from the District 9 slum just outside of Johannesburg. Starting out as a sort of intergalactic political and/or judicial thriller, the film devolved into an action film. That being said, it is constantly entertaining and South Africa provides a potent back-drop for the films political commentary.
Excerpt: I missed this in theaters and I really wanted to see it. So when I saw that Netflix was finally sending me it I couldn't wait. I love the plot. The idea that aliens come to Earth and we're the protagonists and they're the oppressed. The aliens really just want to go home but an asshole corporation is keeping them here to try and steal their weapons technology. Then they set the story, not in some American metro area, but in Johannesburg. How refreshing.
Excerpt: Residents of Johannesburg, South Africa, wake up one morning to find a giant spaceship hovering over their city. Its helpless occupants - derogatorily nicknamed "prawns" - are removed from the ship and segregated into a ghetto labelled District 9. Twenty years later, with the despised alien population almost doubled in size, the decision is made to relocate the "prawns" to a new camp far from Johannesburg.
Excerpt: A rather interesting movie. A little silly in the beginning but enough action throughout. The beginning makes it seem like the movie is gonna be a let-down. I thought it was gonna be another dumb alien movie. However, I got into the movie quick. I found the movie easy to follow and I think it was very well done. Much better than other alien movies I've seen. This was a spur of the moment purchase. I had never seen or heard much on the movie. I DEFINITELY recommend.
District 9 Proves Science Fiction Has More to Give
26 December 2009
Excerpt: District 9 demonstrates better than a lot of other movies that it's talent and creativity, not money and big explosions, that make a great movie. Debuting Director Neill Blomkamp, backed by Peter Jackson as Producer, takes $30 million and a small time actor and makes a science fiction movie better than all but the best of the $200 million projects that have been released in the last few years.
Excerpt: I did a blind buy for this movie and glad I did. I just got done watching and I want to watch again. It starts kind of slow but keeps getting better and better. At one point I proclaimed out loud "this F'N awesome!!!" I didnt want it to end. People that call this movie boring probably are used to movies like Gi Joe that have senseless action from start to finnish lol. This movie takes time to tell a story but when the action does happen it is so much more enjoyable.
Excerpt: I've always been fascinated by science fiction, and when I saw the previews for D9, I was immediately captivated by the potential - for I couldn't recall any movies that had tackled the subject matter. So the expectations were high when I went to the theaters, and they were met. The brilliant subtle sociopolitical messages meld well with the story - one that kept me eagerly awaiting what would happen next.
Excerpt: We’ve all seen sci-fi films and stories where aliens come to Earth and lay down their dominance through superior technology and intellect. But in the case of “District 9,” we have something else entirely. It’s a rough and brutal film, portraying aliens not as the sleek, powerful, awe-inspiring beings from heaven. Instead, these aliens are wretched, and humans are treating them like dirt.