District 9 (2009)

“I can’t believe I’m being paid to do this. I love watching you prawns die.” – Koobus Venter

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Sep 2009 and 12 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Decades after getting stranded on Earth, an alien species living in poverty find a savior in a government official.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out and felt that the special effects were much more memorable than the story itself.

The effects help create a world where humans and aliens are living side by side and it is done in a very believable way.

The world they have created is a very lived-in one and could easily be mistaken for our world because it looks so good.

The actions scenes are great to watch and are choreographed really well.

This is all very impressive since this film was made with a relatively small budget.

They use a style of filming here to make it seem like a documentary in order to add to the realism which works but, the gimmick of the style quickly lose their effectiveness and get pretty tiresome.

This film has lots of underlying messages mainly about tolerance and racism and eventhough the action scenes sometimes take control of things and the message gets a bit muddled, they still manage to give a story that is quite poignant and relevant to the society we all now live in.

Bottom Line – Great parable on racism that works really well. The special effects are done extremely well even on such a small budget and it comes across quite realistic. The documentary style of the film gets a bit tiresome but is still pretty effective in getting across the idea that they want us to believe that it’s all truly happening. The messages of this film gets somewhat lost as the story moves along, but still manages to be quite poignant. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the feature film based on the Halo (2001) video game series (which was to be directed by Neill Blomkamp) fell through, producer Peter Jackson went to Blomkamp and offered him $30 million to make whatever he wanted. The result was District 9 (2009). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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