District 9

  • Year:2009
  • Rating:MA
  • Director:Neill Blomkamp
  • Cast:Nathalie Boltt, Jason Cope, Sharlto Copley, Sylvaine Strike
  • Release Date:August 13, 2009
  • Distributor:Sony
  • Running time:112 minutes
  • Film Worth:$14.00
  • FILMINK rates movies out of $20 - the score indicates the amount we believe a ticket to the movie to be worth

Played out as a documentary, this cerebral and clever sci-fi tale also carries a political subtext.

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The first thing that you should understand about District 9 is this: the less you know about it, the better your viewing experience will be. So, if you can, ignore the viral videos, stay away from the trailers, and don't read reviews...except this one, of course.

Produced by Peter Jackson, District 9 has a broad but intriguing premise: what if aliens arrived on Earth? But instead of hovering over Manhattan or Tokyo, what if they hung over Johannesburg in South Africa? Let's take this premise a bit further. What if the aliens, for whatever reason, weren't gentle and wise humanoids? And what if they were starving, malnourished and needed care? We humans don't look after our own kind, so what would we do with poor beings from another planet?

That's the premise for District 9. The movie itself plays out initially as a mock documentary and then...well, that would be telling. Know this though: District 9 is one of the most compelling and cerebral sci-fi movies to come along for an extremely long time. The makeup effects and CGI are flawless - so flawless, in fact, that you'll soon forget about them and concentrate on the story. As for what happens in the film - well, you're in for a story that's funny, sad and subversive. Characters go on interesting journeys and the doco conceit anchors the film in some of its more wild moments.

District 9 is a brave, intelligent and exciting film. Some of its story beats fall into the "unlikely" category, but the central idea, the design, and the acting are so strong that you'll likely go with it and have a damn good time doing so.

This is one of the most witty and eloquent sci-fi movies of the last decade.

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