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Fantasia Review: In a Valley of Violence
You are not welcome here.All I keep reading online is how this summer has been weak-tit for movies and me no comprende amigos. Summer 09 has owned for this twat-burglar so far: ORPHAN, DRAG ME TO HELL, TERMINATOR SALVATION, GI JOE, STAR TREK, A PERFECT GETAWAYâ€¦all I films that GENUINELY loved â€“ no complaints here man! And now you can add DISTRICT 9 to that list!
On a technical standpointâ€¦wellâ€¦.tabarnac (French Quebecer swear wordâ€¦ just go with it)â€¦the CGI by WETA was astounding, rarely did I feel like I was watching
digital trickery at play. As for the practical effects, they were on the money for the most part too (not 100% sure on that rubber alien hand, but I let it go).
I'm sure the fact that the alien designs were cool (in a yuk way) and
grounded in a reality that we know (lobster?) helped in the latter departments.
Moreover, was I alone in blowing "out of control" fanboy loads all over the place during the last block of this flick?
Goddamn! How the movie seamlessly transitioned from sly mockumentory to
quasi buddy movie with lots of gore, stand out chase/action scenes and gnarly high tech gear/guns is beyond me. But it did it and I cherished every second of it.
The eye popping action bits and the major carnage in the house had me by the
balls - seeing peeps get ZAPPED has never been this much fun! Add to all that engaging villains (loved that soldier dude), a powerful score, some genuinely touching moments (Wikus' relationship with his wife & the alien kid got me) , camera work that went from hand held
visceral to stylized in the name of serving the physical get downs (dug on them gun POV
shots) and all kinds of untapped possibilities that NEED to be tapped (i.e.
District 10?) and you get one of the summerâ€™s meatiest, most ambitious and entertaining offerings.
NOTE: I am very much aware that the South African setting and the situation SCREAMED apartheid but straight up, I didnâ€™t give a shit. I CHOSE to shove the subtext out my brain. Just wanted to watch a flick about aliens yo, I wasnâ€™t in a social-commentary kind of mood when I saw it â€“ so be it Jedi
Any qualms, peeves, beefs or grudges? A couple. Sometimes; it felt like common sense was tossed out the window to get the story going in the direction it had to go. Thank god that the said direction was a groovy one; hence I didnâ€™t pick up on that while watching the film, only after when looking back. And what was up with all the unanswered questions? I know the aliens landed 20 years ago, but I still wouldâ€™ve liked to know a couple things about them. Like WHY do these aliens find human gals f*ckable? WHY, does alien fuel turn a human intoâ€¦an alien? WHY is there only ONE alien that appears to be halfway INTELLIGENT. â€¦and Iâ€™ll stop right there. Finally, random plot holes popped up here and there. Like how the aliens have access to these POWERFUL weapons yet they don't use them, hence remain the humansâ€™ bitches. Had to be said!
With that on the table, enter DISTRICT 9 and stay a while. Its FRESH (had to do it), funny, thrilling, gross, touching, violent, creative and a shit load of fun. Donâ€™t forget your case of rubbers and your GLOCK 9 â€“ youâ€™re gonna need them!