The year 2009 is quickly coming to an end, which can only mean one thing. Hollywood’s awards season will soon be in full swing across the film industry. Film studios have already begun their wild marketing campaigns for this year’s biggest Oscar contenders, hoping to win over the Academy in their favour. Alas, is a film that will most likely miss the March Best Picture Oscar vote district 9, the Peter Jackson-produced sci-fi masterpiece that was released late last summer. district 9coming out on DVD and Blu-ray on December 22nd is by far my favorite movie of 2009 and hoping to pass the word on to people who haven’t seen this movie in all its incredible ‘awesomeness’ here is a short one Review.
With the film’s intriguing premise and this absolutely brilliant “non-human” marketing campaign, district 9 quickly became my must-see film of last summer. And while I was aware of the fact that I would dig up this movie before I even bought my ticket and opened my milk duds, there was no way I knew I would fall in love with it that much. Forget the fact that district 9 Quickly securing first place as my favorite sci-fi movie of all time (and I’ve seen some great ones), it could very well have become one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, period. Seriously, it was that good!
The film begins as a mockumentary of sorts, bringing viewers up to speed on the film’s alternate world, in which we learn that 28 years ago an alien spacecraft appeared in South Africa and appeared to have crashed right over the city
from Johannesburg. With the ship hovering over the city for three months and showing no sign of life, the people decide to head inside the ship to try and make first contact. What they found were millions of malnourished alien races on the brink of death. With no other choice, the humans transport the aliens to Earth and take them to a run-down, overcrowded slum in the Johannesburg area that government officials refer to as District 9, so the film’s name isn’t just a clever title.
Stranded on Earth with no way of returning to their home planet, the aliens, or “shrimps” as they are called in the film, are quickly becoming a nuisance to the people of Johannesburg. The government is hiring billion-dollar corporation Multi-National United (MNU) to relocate the 1.3 million shrimp in the new but far from improved District 10. Head of the operation for MNU is the educated oaf Wikus Van De Merwe, the film’s ultimate protagonist. who thinks he has the huge task under control. But after foolishly exposing himself to an alien biological chemical, Wikus’ DNA is infused with that of the alien race and he slowly begins to transform into a shrimp. In order to stop the transformation, Wikus must seek refuge in District 9, where he befriends an intelligent shrimp who holds the key to curing Wikus’ anomalous condition.
With the orgy of needless remakes, boring sequels and franchise reboots that Hollywood has partake in in recent years; District 9′The film’s most refreshing feature is its awe-inspiring originality. Neil Blomkamp, the director and co-writer, is simply stunning in his feature film debut and will no doubt find plenty of work in Hollywood for years to come. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, the 29-year-old (just three years older than me, which really bugs me), seamlessly weaves together both documentary and traditional narrative style of camerawork, with no discernible pattern or motivation to create an absolute Creating the thrill of a movie like you’ve never seen before.
Well, if originality is the film’s most refreshing attribute, then the story it has to tell is its strongest. It doesn’t take an advanced intellectual brain to realize that this film has some seriously political undertones. There is a specific message this film wanted to convey, but it does so by not once preaching to the audience. Instead, it keeps everything within the confines of the sci-fi action realm, making entertainment the primary goal and letting viewers interpret the message for themselves. And the end result of this method is just fantastic.
The characters (both human and alien) of district 9 are just another positive element this film has to offer. Perfectly played by newcomer Sharlto Copely, Wikus is a humorous office drone you love one moment and a despicable human you despise the next. His confidante, aptly named Christopher Johnson, is a badass alien who is disgusted by what his people are facing on Earth and only wants to get himself and his young son back home.
This movie isn’t war of the Worlds. It is not independence Day. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before, which is one of the main reasons it’s so great. It takes place in a realistic world with believable situations and outcomes. It’s been four long months since I’ve seen it district 9 and personally I can’t wait to own this film on DVD. I feel like I did a pretty good job of letting you know how great I thought this film was. But who the hell am I, right? If you like smart sci-fi with ball-to-the-wall action and mind-blowing special effects, check it out district 9 and make up your own mind. The film will most likely rank as one of the best films of 2009, regardless of what awards season tells you. And if you’re like me, it will seriously make you reconsider your list of the best movies of all time. I’m telling you it’s so good!