District 9… Could Happen

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Occasionally, out of the CGI’d dust of orgasmic fight sequences of Transformers 2 and the predicted lack of plot in the forthcoming 2012, the movie industry churns up a gem of a sci-fi flick.

I suspect Moon is one of those rare movies (I am still trying to find time to get my bum down the cinema to watch it) that combines plot, effects and scientific accuracy (just about) to arrive at a genuinely good film.

And then there’s District 9, due for release in August. At first look of the trailer, you’ll see why I’m getting a little excited:

I was expecting the same old aliens invade, world on fire, Will Smith punches alien, USA saves the world storyline at first, but if you read the IMDB plot summary (spoilers!), you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Damn, I have to share the plot… stop reading now if you want to be totally vague about the story of District 9.

That's what those posters are all about! The movie viral campaign poster from District 9.
That's what those posters are all about! The movie viral campaign from District 9.

[Micro-spoiler below]

Basically, rather than invading Earth, these alien dudes have landed on our planet seeking refuge after their home world died. Their spaceship arrives over South Africa and thirty years later, these once-advanced alien beings have been turned into social outcasts, restricted to an alien slum called District 9. People have lost patience with looking after these creatures, but agencies hold onto these aliens against their will to learn about their technologies. Then, it would appear the aliens start to fight back…

It’s set in a gritty Johannesburg location, the CGI looks subtle, plus Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings director, say no more) is involved, so there’s some hope this might be a unique and thrilling sci-fi. I get the feeling there is a lot of play on alien rights, the welfare of ET integrated in society (or not), with a healthy dose of alien-racism (alienation?) thrown in.

Us humans will be the bad guys! Awesome! Filthy aliens…

Source: SlashFilm via @StuartForsyth

11 thoughts on “District 9… Could Happen”

    1. You're right, I re-embedded the Yahoo video, but the video still linked to the wrong place. I've now swapped it out with a far more sensible YouTube option ;)Cheers!Ian

  1. i can't tell you how excited i am about this! as a person who is active in advocating for civil rights, when i saw this trailer- i jumped in my seat.i can't wait to see the philosophical take this movie has on 'civil rights'. i'd say human rights… but then, they aren't human.very interesting, and scarily accurate as to how i (in my opinion) think we'd behave in this situation. at least as far as we've evolved currently. i love the idea of the modern world behaving in a very (real) “DON'T do unto others as you'd have done unto yourselves”… which is a great mirror to ourselves.

    1. Isn't it interesting?! I also thought it was a perfectly timed film (what with the conflicts in Iraq, Iran and counter-terrorism laws), also the location was very interesting – almost playing on the SA history of apartheid.All in all, I'm very excited about this. Should be unique :)Thank you for sharing!Cheers, Ian

  2. I've seen the movie trailer and I'm really looking forward to its release!! It's a nice turn in the traditional stories of the bad aliens fighting against the good humans. Now it seems it's the other way round or so.

  3. I'm really looking forward to the release of this movie. I'm sure it will keep us all thinking about it and discussing it for quite a long time. As somebody else has said, it portrays an interesting turn on the so-known story of the evil alliens trying to conquer us.

  4. I went to see the movie yesterday and it wasn't what I expected at all. The film was shot like a reality movie, similar to Cloverfield, but at least Cloverfield FELT like a movie. District 9 did not, it felt like a low rate SciFi channel documentary.Making it look like a realistic documentary, when you see the aliens, it felt about as realistic as a guy in an alien suit walking into my living room…a joke.I've walked out on one other movie in my life, I made this the second one I walked out on after 10 minutes. I'll rent it on DVD, but didn't feel like sitting in a crowded theater making my girlfriend and I suffer through it.

  5. I went to see the movie yesterday and it wasn't what I expected at all. The film was shot like a reality movie, similar to Cloverfield, but at least Cloverfield FELT like a movie. District 9 did not, it felt like a low rate SciFi channel documentary.Making it look like a realistic documentary, when you see the aliens, it felt about as realistic as a guy in an alien suit walking into my living room…a joke.I've walked out on one other movie in my life, I made this the second one I walked out on after 10 minutes. I'll rent it on DVD, but didn't feel like sitting in a crowded theater making my girlfriend and I suffer through it.

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