Movie Review – District 9

16 09 2009


Just when everyone thought that spoof “mockumentaries” had disappeared forever, District 9 comes out of nowhere. A sci-fi gore fest, charged with political symbolism and all presented in a documentary style. This somewhat absurd mix actually makes an enjoyable film that could be watched again and again.

Produced by Peter Jackson (Lord of the rings) and directed by Neill Blomkamp, who decided to give the film a political angle by filming in South Africa’s Johannesburg that, in real life, is struggling to accommodate refugees from other African nations, as well as the apartheid, or separation of races that they had in the past.

This gives the film several layers of meaning, which could potentially take several viewings to fully grasp. The film is quite confusing at first, with an illusion of reality being shown in a documentary/news report format. This leads to the viewer believing that it could be set in the present day. Until the prawns are served…

Yes the aliens do look like giant prawns, but they are quite believable. They arrive at earth in a giant spacecraft, badly malnourished and helpless for themselves. The humans decide to let them stay on Earth and set up an area for them to live in.

Unfortunately the alien numbers have swelled and the humans are forced to hire a private organisation to evict the aliens so they can re-settle far away from human population.

The main character, Wikus van de Merwe, is played by Sharlto Copley, who does a surprisingly good job of playing the nerdy officer in charge of the alien re-settlement.

Unfortunately, while searching one of the alien homes for weapons, he stumbles upon a strange canister and accidentally inhales some of the strange liquid contained inside.

His DNA becomes tainted and he begins to morph into one of the alien beings. He is then captured by the government to be tested on, but manages to escape and has to turn to his fellow outcasts for help.

There is defiantly a sense of horror in District 9, with the high level of violence and the strange prawn-like beings walking around, as well as the Nigerian gangs that rule the area.

However District 9 is a very enjoyable film that could be seen again and again. The character of Wikus is very believable, and his ridiculousness adds to the whole feeling of hopelessness for both humans and aliens. It is very clear that the director, Blomkamp, has no taste for happy endings but defiantly knows how to spread a political message, through the dark slums of District 9.






One response

16 09 2009

and it replaced halo movie. which makes district 9 an epic fail in the eyes of all halo nerds around the globe.

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