“District 9″

Written by Burl on August 14th, 2009

Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9″ is perfectly and seamlessly imagined, that is, if your imagination runs to noonday horrors. Twenty years ago, a wounded spaceship appeared floating over South Africa, and when the aliens aboard were finally liberated, they turned out to be insectoid drones with little sense of direction. They are placed in refugee camps that eventually become concentration camps. Human beings are revolted by the aliens, which they call “prawns,” but when the time come to relocate the aliens to a faraway prison, things go wrong.
OK, it’s a beefed-up, edgier version of “Alien Nation” by way of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” It’s also told in a hyped-up, gritty video verite style similar to “Black Hawk Down.” The horrors of the alien slum are so vivid that it feels like a real place, not a scifi conceit.
“District 9″ is a smart, slap-your-face thriller with quite amazing F/X. Even though it’s a harrowing, genre actioner, it’s also far from stupid, pressing all sorts of prejudice buttons. It does what scifi is supposed to do, shine a future light on a dark present.

 

13 Comments so far ↓

  1. Primo Kimo says:

    it IS an intelligent film that takes yer brain and turns it inside out. The interrogation with the alien; All cockaroach/lobster slimey insect hybrid monster thang, larger than a man… looking, (if that’s possible), a little forlorn, uttering “I just want to go home”… well done mindscrew film.

  2. Primo Kimo says:

    and how do ya follow that? take a look at apple trailers. new flick entitled Legion. Some badass angels there. And I ain’t talkin frisco / oakland kine.

  3. The SF Chronicle and CNN are both giving it fabulous reviews. I can’t wait to go this weekend. Wish I could have seen it with you! Amazing how it has gotten so little press.

  4. Primo Kimo says:

    “Amazing how it has gotten so little press”

    The SF Chronicle and CNN both say; what are we; chopped liver?!

  5. What I meant that now that it’s out, you’re hearing about it. But before it opened, no one I knew had heard about it which was astonishing since Peter Jackson’s name was attached to it. I bet now, it turns into a cult-like film. Seriously, before it opened, even my hard core sci fi buddies did not know about it.

  6. Burl says:

    Katharine is about as hard-core SciFi as they come, hooked into the fan sites, and I think she heard about the film from me.

  7. Primo Kimo says:

    the accepted legal term is now
    Sy Fy

  8. Primo Kimo says:

    “Seriously, before it opened, even my hard core sci fi buddies did not know about it.” well, maybe they all found jobs. or grew a pair. or who knows… what difference does it make. It’s known now. By how many? enuff. ya wanna count em? ok. but why??? why would all this ever be an “issue”?
    ( just curious)

  9. Primo Kimo says:

    “Katharine is about as hard-core SciFi as they come, hooked into the fan sites, and I think she heard about the film from me.”
    I do believe “hard-core SciFi” people maybe should get out more… as apple trailers had this available for quite a while… and that is a basic stop for movie afficionados. I’m just sayin’….

  10. mutt says:

    Primo Kimo, back away from the rum bottle …

  11. Tom Lackey says:

    Primo Kimo,
    Don’t bogart that bottle brah.
    The Lack
    http://tomlackey.wordpress.com/

  12. Primo Kimo says:

    I swear, Tom, i try not to!

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