District 9


Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them. Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens’ welfare – they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens’ awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA. The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.

Again, a movie that I was fairly excited to see and again a movie I was slightly disappointed in…only slightly though. I’m also usually very careful with movies that have NO leading actors that I’m familiar with.

So basically the beginning of the movie starts out like a documentary, not so bad but wasn’t consistant all the way through, however it did transition well from documentary to sci-fi flick. The documentary portion I was quite bored with, like the first 30-45 minutes of the film was rather slow to me and a little boring. I never really noticed the “change” in the way it was film, so I’m taking that as a good transition.

The acting was really decent, for not knowing any of the actors in the film. I think the fact that it was first shot as a documentary covered up a lot of the lack in acting ability, because I mean honestly there is no real acting in such a film. Blomkamp did quite a good job in helping you get attached to the lead alien character. There were a few times that I did feel sorry. Also much of the alien dialogue was hilarious, them not knowing what certain things meant and having a lack of “manners” and “politeness” caused for a lot of humorous dialogue within the film.

The visual effects were stunning. For an alien movie I approve of it. Seeing people blow up with the lightning gun never really got old, I just about giggled everytime it happened. There were a LOT of people blown up and blood and guts splattering on the camera.

Overall…I actually enjoyed this flick, other than the slow beginning I was happy when stuff started blowing up, it made up for a lot of the film. This one is slightly hard to rate, but I’ll give it 2.5/4*. I doubt I would pay to see this, if I did it would have to be a matinee showing. Possibly a DVD pickup I still need to let the movie sink in a bit. The free schwag was a plus though. Until next time mofos…see you at the movies!!