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View Poll Results: District 9 - Your grade
Excellent 91 61.07%
Above Average 39 26.17%
Average 11 7.38%
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Old September 12 2009, 01:58 AM   #226
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Re: District 9 - Review, Discuss, Commentary ***SPOILERS*** possible

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I just saw it today. The ending was a bit of a letdown. What happened to the aliens? They get shipped off to an another district while the guy and his son fly off. We didn't get to see the Aliens get rescued out of the hell hole they live in.
There saving that for District 10
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Old September 15 2009, 07:06 AM   #227
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Finally saw it. I was quite pleased, for most of the reasons other have already mentioned:



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I just saw it today. The ending was a bit of a letdown. What happened to the aliens? They get shipped off to an another district while the guy and his son fly off. We didn't get to see the Aliens get rescued out of the hell hole they live in.
There saving that for District 10
Exactly. Wide open for a sequel. I dug the ending, because in my nightmares human beings are actually this stupid:
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Old September 19 2009, 11:42 PM   #228
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Well, Nigerian officials have moved to ban the film from their country, as per this article. I'm only surprised that it took this long.
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Old September 20 2009, 01:06 AM   #229
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What, they get mad over the portrayal of Nigerians but don't care that nearly all the white guys in the movie were all sociopathic maniacs?
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Old September 20 2009, 01:13 AM   #230
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Wikus wasn't unsympathetic. His wife wasn't, either. On the other hand, all of the Nigerians are savage maniacs slobbering over human and alien flesh for the mystical powers it will give them. I can see the negative reaction among Nigerians.
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Old September 20 2009, 01:48 AM   #231
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Well, Nigerian officials have moved to ban the film from their country, as per this article. I'm only surprised that it took this long.
Not exactly as if banned in Nigeria is equatable to banned in Japan or another market of high return. *shrug*
Black Market Pirated bootlegs for this film just went up in Nigeria.
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Old September 21 2009, 01:34 AM   #232
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Well, Nigerian officials have moved to ban the film from their country, as per this article. I'm only surprised that it took this long.
Not exactly as if banned in Nigeria is equatable to banned in Japan or another market of high return. *shrug*
Black Market Pirated bootlegs for this film just went up in Nigeria.
And if that happens...well, that won't help the stereotype, now will it.
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Old September 21 2009, 02:19 AM   #233
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Don't roll your eyes at me, roll 'em at Nigeria. Just stating a very plausible scenario.
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Old September 21 2009, 02:25 AM   #234
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Yes, I know because I saw District 9, next time I meet a Nigerian, my first reaction will be "You mean you're not all cannibalistic psychopaths!?! The movie lied?"

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Old September 28 2009, 08:53 PM   #235
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Well, Nigerian officials have moved to ban the film from their country, as per this article. I'm only surprised that it took this long.
The Onion has a humorous man-on-the-street write-up for the controversy here.

My favorite 'quote' is the last one though...
"Because the Nigerian government's vast oil wealth is always generously and transparently passed down to its grateful citizens, you can see why the information minister would chafe at a film that portrays Nigerians as corrupt thugs."
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Old September 28 2009, 10:52 PM   #236
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I'd characterize the controversy as more complex than that, but that 'quote' hits the nail on the head when it comes to Nigerian politics. God I love the Onion.
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Old September 28 2009, 11:01 PM   #237
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I finally saw it last week and thought it was awesome. A pretty unique setting for an idea that reminded me totally of Alien Nation but instead of accepting the Newcomers as humanity did and them being assimilated into our culture, this bunch of humans put them into ghettoes. I liked Winkus and felt sorry for him at the end of the movie which I thought would happen. The more I saw of this movie the more I wanted to see the cancelled Halo movie...when Christorpher's son was inside the command module and manipulating the consoles I half expected to see Cortona (or an AI equivilant) pop up! I want to see Neil direct the Halo movie still. He proved he can do it after watching District 9 for me. I liked the entire film...the chase scenes were the best. I also thought that the MNU military man who was after Winkus could play a really awesome Slade Wilson in a Teen Titans or Justice League movie as Deathstroke.
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Old September 28 2009, 11:20 PM   #238
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The Nigerian thing doesn't surprise me at all. It crossed my mind that Nigerians would find their rather negative depiction in this film as pretty offensive, but then being cast as cannibalistic bad guys is going to rankle anyone, especially as there isn't even a token good guy Nigerian to contrast the image.

More generally, between this and Charlie Jade I'm of a mind that South Africa is a really, really great setting for science fiction. Also, it goes almost without saying that this was a very good movie.

District 9 is not my favourite movie of the year - that's still Moon - and I might have liked it more if it was a talkier, more fake-documentary picture... but then again it might have been a drier and ultimately more boring film that way. Very probably so, anyway, not to speak ill or downplay this film at all - really, really loved it. I'd hestitate to use the word 'classic', but I think it's secured it's place in the sci-fi canon regardless of whatever the hell I say.
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Old January 5 2010, 10:46 PM   #239
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I know I am waaay behind the times but I just saw it today.

I am sick of humans being the bad guys.

That said Christopher, the alien and his son said they would be back in 3 years to save their people and fix the transforming human. They said they were going "home to get help." I assume that is to their homeworld to get the Army to either just save their kin or kick humanity into the trash heap of history.

Decent flick, but I still like sci-fi were humans are good and not weaponizing evil corporations and heat-filled monsters.
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Old January 5 2010, 11:39 PM   #240
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Dude, look at the facts. In every conflict known throughout history, humans have always been the bad guys.
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