Movie Review: ‘District 9’

by on October 23, 2009

in Entertainment, movie reviews

DISTRICT 9 Promo Art

I’ve seen Disrict 9 a few times now, I’ve chatted with a few people and I thought I’d toss out my take on the movie.

District 9 (D-9) is an incredibly imaginative tale of social injustices that can happen across the span of any species.

D-9 shows us just how ugly fearing the unknown can be and takes a serious jab at that part of humanity, using the science fiction genre to tell that tale.  When director Neill Blomkamp used aliens to speak his mind, he forced us to listen and take note.  To be confronted by an issue that is as old as humanity itself, as humans take offense through fear and how they react to that fear, in how they deal with the aliens.  Of course, it goes both way and some aliens didn’t help the issue either, but none-the-less, the attitude is there on both sides and it’s hard to escape from.


The movie starts out for some, very slow but it’s a necessary kind of slow that keeps you informed and wondering when it will kick in.  Don’t worry, it really does.

We watch a normal Joe, Wikus Van De Merwe (played by Sharlto Copley) get promoted to a position I’m not sure he was ready for, but he musters up.  Even his co-workers don’t get how he got promoted, except maybe because he’s married to the bosses daughter.  Yet in the beginning, he’s the bad guy because of his new job responsibilities given to him to help “move” the aliens from their existent camp to a new camp.  A bigger camp that can hold the ever expanding population of the aliens.  It’s also a lot farther away from town than the original camp.

Wikus’ evolution from lackey of mid-management to the stand he takes later on is a magnificent and yet subtle transformation.

As the story develops we see that the company he works for also has other agendas that make your emotional stomach churn.  But I’ll leave that for you to discover.

And I don’t know about you but for me, who I rooted for by the end of District 9 really surprised me.

This film comes from the inspiration and life experiences of Neill Blomkamp having grown up in South Africa and his experiences or observations of apartheid.

It’s a truly riveting film with a heart wrenching story to tell.  This may very well be a classic for the ages and I hope everyone gets a chance to experience this wonderful film.  If you don’t catch it in the theater, by all means check it out via On-Demand via your cable company.

Score?  9 out of 10.

I didn’t give it a 10 because there were a few holes in the story, holes that I completely missed the first time through.  But they are so minor that I’m not sure they warrant a “-1.”  But there you have it.  A must see film from the summer and indeed I believe it would a very worthy On-Demand rental if nothing else.

Check out the short film that Blomkamp based District 9 off of.  It’s just as good.  Maybe even better once you’ve seen the movie itself.

Cinema Static at Stuff on Brusimm

District 9 (Single-Disc Edition) on AMAZON

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Discovery Bay Real Estate October 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm

I saw this a few weeks ago also. It was very slow to start and it did bring up some interesting questions to think about. I’d have to agree, I was surprised at who I ended up rooting for in the end. Not a terrible movie, but I didn’t feel it was worth my $10.

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