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