Monday, August 17, 2009

District 9 Movie Review

District 9, produced by Peter Jackson (LOTR fame) and directed by newcomer Neil Blomkamp. Rated: A++

District 9 is one of the best movies I've seen in years. It conveyed a message without being preachy, and showed a side of humanity we normally like to sweep under the rug, while it also showed us the glimpses of redemption of which man is also capable.

The acting was stellar, full of names not many folks would recognize. The star, Sharlto Copley, got the part in large fact because he's friends with the director. He seemed so real I at times thought I was watching a newscast of live events. The movie just felt so real. The hero's more of an antihero, the villains both stereotypical and yet not. The fight for arms, for freedom, and for truth all converge in this movie to make it a powerful story that not only entertains, but will stay with you long after it's over.

The special effects were also first rate. The Prawns, as the aliens are called, looked real. I liked the fact they couldn't be mistaken for human, or that the entire story takes place, not in the USA for once, but in South Africa, where apartheid has had a large part in the nation's history--overt irony that makes its point with a subtly that's both sad and funny.

This movie is rated R, and is in no way suitable for young children. It's violent, has frank language and adult themes. And if you fall into the "adult" category and haven't seen it, you're missing out. What are you waiting for? Go out and see District 9. You won't be disappointed, unless you're looking for useless drivel, slasher violence and the requisite naughty teenager sex. Then, you'd better stick with the notorious Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers. Ironically, Michael's preview, for Halloween II, showed in the theater right before District 9. Go figure.


J.A. Saare said...

Hey Marie,

Okay, I have to see this! This weekend was all about the Inglorious Basterds, but next time, it's on!


Marie Harte said...

Oh, I'll trade you, Jaime. I want to see Inglorious Basterds. Thought I'd go with the husband and make it a date night, when it hits the cheap theater of course. :)