Thursday, February 11, 2010
Summary: An alien spaceship has settled over the city of Johannesburg, South Africa and has been there for a number of years. The aliens have run amuck through the city and therefore are sectioned off in their own district. The story focuses on Sharlto Copley’s character, a government agent, and his encounters with the aliens.
Plot (A): This movie is awesome and pretty damn funny. The plot is like nothing I’ve seen before and I couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen. Some parts of the story are shot documentary style, which was intriguing and foreshadowed what was to come. Initially the film was not intended for the US market but thanks to Peter Jackson (director of Lord of the Rings) who recognized the talent of Copley and the genius of director Neil Blomkamp he brought it to the US. This is the best Sci-Fi movie of 2009. Star Trek and Terminator: Salvation were both very good, but District 9 takes the cake.
Action (A-): The action scenes are lively, exciting, and add flavor to the well written story. Although, I gave this section an A- for its originality the film is not all that action packed. However, the action is very bloody so don’t watch it after eating if you’re squeamish.
Acting & Dialogue (A): This is where the movie really soars. Copley is funny and witty. As the movie progresses, you will come to appreciate Copley’s talent and his ability to draw you further into the story. I wouldn’t be surprised if Copley ad-libbed some of his lines because parts of it sound so spur of the moment.
Sex Appeal: N/A
Director (A): Neil Blomkamp (sounds like blumpkin if you say it quickly a few times) did an excellent job. As I said before, this is the best Sci-Fi movie of 2009. Although it didn’t have Avatar-like box office success it has been nominated in the Best Picture category. I completely agree with this nomination and Blomkamp deserves most of the credit.