It's definitely Alien, but it, it isn't a weapon. However, I still don't trust it.|
August 26, 2009
It's a bit late for a District 9 review, but any movie as astonishingly great as this one demands the love.
- We're not really hip to the hand-held Blair Witch shaky-cam "technique", but D9 employs it to wonderful effect. The abundance of documentary style camera work helped sell a powerfully authentic, unsanitary, and gritty atmosphere. Functioned perfectly in the context of the story.
- The alien effects were positively magical.
- I have to concentrate on not thinking about the gundam-style armor suit, as it makes me weepy with joy.
- Star and first-time actor Sharlto Copley absolutely nails it (while apparently ad-libbing most of his lines).
- Some plot holes surrounding the aliens and their utter lack of motivation. "Lack of cat food + glorious future weapons" is flawed math.
- There's a switch that occurs when the story transitions from "documentary film" to "regular movie" that is a little, perhaps unavoidably, jarring.
- Nigerian voodoo. Not so good.
- I got nuthin'. As sci-fi movies go, this was damn near perfect.
The whole deal is based on the short film "Alive in Joburg" by director Neill Blomkamp, which we wrote about back in November of aught-five. The alien effects have come a long way...
Multinational United "viral" site
Official D9 movie site
Alive in Joburg short
Neill Blomkamp interview at the AV Club
Greg Broadmore blog (D9 Lead Conceptual designer and all around good guy)