Monday, August 10, 2009

District 9

District 9 is the story of a little girl and her puppy. No, wait, it's not. The actual story is a very personal one of the sad history of racism in Johannesburg, South Africa. Only instead of blacks, they're aliens.

28 years ago, an alien ship made first contact above South Africa. Unable to leave, they're set up in a slum that is called District 9. It may sound like they're setting up an epic battle of aliens versus humans. In actuality, this is a very personal story told via science fiction. We follow a low level bureaucrat named Vickus. He's tasked in serving eviction notices to the "prawns" of District 9.

From the trailers, I thought this movie looked a lot like V: the series. In actuality, it is a mesh of V, Aliens, The Thing or The Fly. Again, if you're looking for spoilers you're in the wrong house. I can tell you that this movie is the epitome of smart sci fi. The CGI is used to enhance the story, it doesn't sit front and center. Its not spectacle. Its a means to an end. It helps tell the story and get you from point A to point B. Also, if you've seen the trailer, a lot of that isn't in the movie. One of those where they use the trailer to give you more of a feel for the film, than spoil every turn.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you rent it?

Would you buy it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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