112 Min | Action – Sci-Fi – Thriller | September 2009
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope
District 9 Review: “District 9” is a wallop of a film that is also one of the year’s very best films. It perfectly presents the balance of human emotions and CGI mastery. The acting is top notch and believable, and the characters are so realistically presented, even the protagonist is deeply flawed. The story of “District 9” is well told, a refreshing, unique and somewhat original scenario, one that we’ve never experienced for quite some time. The atmosphere is bleak, dark and realistic, actually making me believe this thing can actually happen here on earth.
The special effects are excellently rendered, and actually give more than their money’s worth (Only US$ 30 million! And the effects were amazing, as great as anything WETA has done before!). The creature effects are so realistic we could not tell the difference. Thanks to none other than WETA for this amazing feat, and hope they get an Oscar for visual effects. But the practical effects are believable too, as per the engaging and thrilling (and also non-stop) action sequences in the film’s second half. And boy, those weapons are awesome! Special mention goes out to the fluid editing. Example, first half of “District 9” works like a docu-drama, and the second half becomes a hybrid of Black Hawk Down, and we don’t notice the change of pace. It’s that brilliant.
Peter Jackson really knows how to pick a good story and director when he sees one. Neill is certainly a talented director, and one to look out for in the future. (P.S. If that Halo movie is still going on, Blommkamp has proved that he is the man for the job). In short, “District 9” is an excellent science fiction action film, but not without it’s intelligence. It may have a few flaws and very few cliches (these happen near the end of the film) but it is still very solid nonetheless.