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District 9
DVD disk
01.05.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Neill Blomkamp

Actors:
Sharlto Copley
David James
Jason Cope

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A government agent heading up a special task force to relocate nearly two million aliens from slum-like District 9 is forced to see things in a different light when he’s exposed to their technology and begins to change.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
DISTRICT 9 was the sleeper hit of the summer for me, blowing much of the more hyped up films like INGLORIOUS BASTARDS and TRANSFORMERS out of the water. I was instantly intrigued by Peter Jackson’s involvement as well as the whole “hush, hush” vibe these guys were giving off. Floods of positive feedback erupted from Comic Con (and word of mouth as the days followed), and being that’s it’s about aliens (I love me a good alien flick), I had no doubt that I would be taken on a fantastic voyage here and I was not wrong. This was yet another of my top five favorites of the year.

First off, I’d like to say GREAT F*CKING JOB to co-writer/director Neill Blomkamp for breaking into the genre like the Juggernaut busts through walls. It’s a shame that things crumbled for him with HALO (he would have clearly knocked that shit out of the park too), but much like J.J. Abrams grabbed the world by the balls with STAR TREK, Blomkamp has done the same thing here with DISTRICT 9. The story is all about the intensity from start to finish, and this intensity runs an interesting course with your emotions along the way. This is not a documentary, as the trailer has us believe, though that angle IS cleverly used throughout and helps to accentuate the ever changing mood and tone of the film.

Sharlto Copley gave an Oscar caliber performance as Wikus Van De Merwe. I mean WOW, what a layered, heartfelt and obviously genius character. He undertakes quite the transformation from potential villain to sympathetic hero over the span of his three day journey, and above all else, maintains a distinct sense of humanity. The aliens were well done, considering (I mean shit, how many new ways can we come up with to present aliens without going overboard). I didn’t care for the racist title of “Prawns”, but what I did enjoy was the angle these aliens played and how we (people), are displayed as the real monsters.

DISTRICT 9 was a top notch Sci-Fi extravaganza which I deem as a “must see”. My only real problem with this flick was that I don’t get why we would experiment so openly on a race of aliens that we KNEW were lost and could possibly have a chance at returning to their mother ship one day. If they did, there would be a good chance they’d be looking to exterminate our asses and I can’t really say I blame them. Rumors of DISTRICT 10 are still circulating, not surprising considering the ending, and I for one am totally on board with the idea of a next chapter. Until then, be sure to pick this one up, it’s a blast.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with co-writer/director Neill Blomkamp: I totally dig Blomkamp’s enthusiasm which is very much evident throughout this commentary. The guy knew he was an underdog going into this thing and still managed to beat the odds and deliver one of the year’s most compelling films. The good news is, he’s as proud as he is humble and that to me shows the signs of a great up and coming director.

Deleted Scenes: There’s nearly twenty five minutes of extra scenes, some shot documentary style while others are worked into the main film. They all bring a bit more to table as far as getting to know our alien visitors as well as how we’re reacting to them. They’re worth a watch.

The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker’s Log: Co-writer/director Neill Blomkamp (along with the cast), explain a three part process behind envisioning the film and then bringing it to life. Blomkamp has a real eye for storytelling and knows how to bend the Sci-Fi universe to his will, I can only imagine how cool HALO would have turned out and as a result am anxiously awaiting his next film.

Previews: There are eleven trailers, a Blu-ray commercial and a trailer for DAMAGES season 2.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If aliens aren’t your thing, this flick may not blow your skirt up. That said some of the darker thematic elements may also not be for the squeamish or easily offended. Those things aside, for the rest of us, this film is mind blowing experience that deserves all its praise and then some.

Extra Tidbit: I"m still a bit confused by how the aliens ended up with human names like Christopher.
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