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08-16-2009
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District 9
(2009)



Directed by Neill Blomkamp






The South African apartheid allegory falls flat, especially when equating the oppressed. The “prawns” are not human after all. One could defend the director's heritage, and the film’s setting in his native Johannesburg, but I don’t buy it. The man is a white 29 year-old.

At its best the film highlights the dangers of bureaucracy and its inherent silliness. One sequence culminates with the scientific and bodily horrors of putting advanced alien bioweapons in human hands. I haven’t seen such poignant illustration of the system since Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, and found the scene deeply, affectingly relevant.

District 9 sparks the imagination thanks to its (probably) realistic depiction of an alien race and the events following their arrival, both in situation and visuals, but its exposition-free documentary style ultimately leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. Inquisitive people though, are hardly a bad thing.






further reading:

Roger Ebert's review
Armond White's review
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  #1  
By da Beef on 08-17-2009, 01:58 AM
i thought this would be a pretty popular film. guess not
  #2  
By SeanMi on 08-18-2009, 10:19 PM
This film does look very interesting. I was thinking about seeing it. I will probably wait for it on DVD.
  #3  
By Mario on 08-18-2009, 10:34 PM
I was hoping this would be better. Probably just another fear mongering alien flick.
  #4  
By NutMan on 08-18-2009, 10:36 PM
Serious sexual tension between the human and alien! :P

It's a good movie though. It has great characters and you guys should go see it.
  #5  
By da Beef on 08-19-2009, 02:39 AM
you can debate amongst yourselves whether the film is good or great, but it is certainly not bad. if you are interested in sci-fi, see it
  #6  
By ~Krystal~ on 08-27-2009, 05:41 PM
This film is meh.
  #7  
By CarboKill on 08-27-2009, 05:43 PM
There are white south Africans you know :P but I still don't buy it.
  #8  
By Rin on 08-27-2009, 05:49 PM
I'm probably going to go see it sometime next week. I hope it entertains me so.
  #9  
By da Beef on 08-28-2009, 01:18 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by CarboKill View Post
There are white south Africans you know :P but I still don't buy it.

no ****. i obviously know how Apartheid worked. you misinterpreted me when i pointed out the director was white
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