Sunday, August 16, 2009

District 9 movie is fantastic!

I've just been to watch the movie District 9 and will use one word to describe it: intense. It is the best movie to ever come out of South Africa and is certainly the best movie released by Hollywood this year. It's a guy movie, chicks be warned, whoa, what action! Absolutely riveting from start to finish. It is set in Johannesburg, masterfully done, a great storyline, suspenseful, the computer graphics is the best you will ever see. It took an expat South African living in Canada and a Kiwi to show the producers back in Tinseltown how to come up with an original story. I recommend it very highly.

'District 9': In Many Ways, It's a Perfect 10 - Washington Post

Synopis of the movie:

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.

Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling the aliens. But MNU is less interested in the aliens' welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works.

Should they manage to make that breakthrough, they will receive tremendous profits to fund their research. Unfortunately, the highly advanced weaponry requires alien DNA in order to be activated. When MNU field operative Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is exposed to biotechnology that causes his DNA to mutate, the tensions between the aliens and the humans intensifies. Wikus is the key to unlocking the alien's technology, and he quickly becomes the most wanted man on the planet. Ostracized and isolated, Wikus retreats to District 9 in a desperate bid to shake his dogged pursuers.

9 Opinion(s):

FishEagle said...

GREAT!! I said I won't hold my breath after hearing about the good reviews. Glad I was wrong. Can't wait to see it.

Censorbugbear said...

I love the trailers. Can't wait to see the movie. Brilliant work by a very clever South African moviemaker. May he go from strength to strength.

Ranger Tom said...

It's refreshing to see something original come out of Hollywierd for once. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this!

Anonymous said...

District 9 camp without a BEE partner to milk it for what its worth ?

Anonymous said...

District 9 camp without a BEE partner to milk it for what its worth ?
Yeah ! its sience fiction !

Anonymous said...

I think the aliens are from Zimboonia. Nobody knows what to do with them.

Anonymous said...

I thought (from what I'd heard) that this movie is a thinly-veiled regurgitation of South Africa's apartheid struggle? IE the opressed aliens represent the coons etc. If so, I'll give it a miss, regardless of how "good" it is. Otherwise I'll go see it.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 11:00, I thought so too reading the "critics'" reviews but I like to see things for myself and had I read enough good reviews (foreign ones) to know it was worth watching and although it has undertones of our past, it does not dwell on it at all. In fact, this story would have worked anywhere in the world so apartheid is not the basis. It just works so well in Joburg because of the squatter camps. I wish I could tell you more but then I'd spoil it for everyone. If you guys want, I could elaborate. Let's just say, the baddies are not who you expect.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dobes, you've answered the question. I'll go see it.