Thursday, 13 August 2009

DISTRICT 9- DIrected By Neil Blomkamp

I saw this film last night. I thought it was really good. It was gripping, it held my attention from start to finish.

It is about some aliens called, 'Prawns', that arrive and have been living in Johannesberg, South Africa for the last twenty years. They are kept away from Humans in a place called 'District 9', which quickly becomes a slum. The way the 'Prawn' aliens are treated is familiar to the way Blacks in aparteid South Africa were treated or even Jews in Nazi Germany.

The 'Prawns' are policed by the ominous big corporate private defense firm called NMU, whose presence is a hint to the real life foul-play of similar instittutions. NMU is only interested in money, weapons and power despite the consequences.

The film is very gory much in the same way Alien is, but I couldn't take my eyes of the screen.
The visual effects and graphics of the aliens and their technology is amazing.

The depiction of Nigerians in the film is the only racial cock-up (pardon my French), they are all depicted as blood thirsty, money hungry swindlers which is a stereotype taken too far in my opinion. But this does not detract from the quality of the film.

The best Alien film I've seen in a long time. Better than Alien & the new Star Trek. The mix of documentary style and big blockbuster make the film seem very real and believable.

The director Neil Blomkamp is very talented and has made films and adverts revolving around similar sci-fi themes such as robots and aliens. You can check them out by doing a quick search on youtube or google.

A must see.


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