I feel that this is by far, the best South African film ever made. It’s not the usual Apartheid film we are used to. Although the themes of xenophobia & under currents of Apartheid are strongly enforced, this film offers a new spin on telling a sad story.
I predict this film is going to be nominated for at least 8 Oscars, here’s why:
• For the first time in ± 50 years, 10 films will be nominated for Best Picture
• It’s a blockbuster that offers more than the usual
• Made on a shoe string budget of $30 million USD, having grossed over a $100 million in the first month, 5* reviews
• The film is already rated as IMDB’s #56 of the top 250 films of all time
• Peter Jackson producing, need I say more
• Neil Blomkamp feature film debut has carved him in stone to be a director to watch!
• Directing the actors so seamlessly & naturally, making everything, namely the surroundings, situations, character developments so believable & real, needs to be commended
• After his success as a commercials director & the acknowledgement of his short film, ‘Alive in Joburg’, as well as having the strings pulled from underneath him to direct the film adaptation of the smash game ‘Halo’, Jacksons co collaborator & producer, suggested they turn Neils short into a feature. That afternoon, they had a budget of $30 million.
• SHARLTO COPLEY, as Wickus van der Merwe, delivered a performance that held the film together
• Anyone else in this role would never have been this good!
• Never before, has a South African actor delivered such power house & natural performance
• He’s an unlikely, ‘not to bright’ hero that simply gets the crowds cheering!
• All of the dialogue was improvised. His specifically will go down in cult history!
• The naturalism & reality he portrayed is nothing less than superb!
• He is now represented by guru agent Ari Emmanuel (the character that Ari Gold in ‘Entourage’ is based on)
• What A list actors can learn from new comer Sharlto Copley
4. Original screenplay
• Written by Neil Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell
• Yes, the script does have loopholes, but hey, who cares!
• Shot during the time of the 2008 Xenophobic riots taking place in Johannesburg, the story somewhat pays homage to the atrocities of the past, present & possible future
• Aliens arriving on Earth, landing & hovering in Johannesburg South Africa for 20 years, come on, it doesn’t get more original than this
• The dialogue being improvised through superb direction, is such an original way to tell a story, but having it all make sense is even more difficult
• What I loved was the way South African ‘slang’ was used. It was so natural, even an American would be able to understand it F*K!!!!
• From the word go, the pace of the film is astounding!
• Combining different formats of film & camera, cutting them all together, making the entire piece feel as one, is largely due to the supreme editing of this masterpiece
• I haven’t seen a better-cut film since ‘City of God’ or ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’.
6. Art Direction/ Production Design
• Think of it, shooting a film in largest man made jungle on Earth is gift for any Production Designer
• The reality, barbaric, grittiness & decay of the slums in Johannesburg make City of God look like it was shot in paradise
7. Special effects
• Realism of the effects & aliens where so brilliantly produced, this department needs to be highly commended. Thank you Mr Jackson!
• The film was shot on 3 different formats, namely digital, HD & 35mm
• The grittiness & reality is so believable, largely due to the cinematography
• There are no static shots, the camera is always moving