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Old August 16 2009, 12:30 AM   #46
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The film has time stamps saying 2010. And the aliens came between say 1989 and 1991 for "twenty years ago". By then apartheid was almost at its end in South Africa, and FW de Klerk, the last white leader, was beginning the transition negotiations.
No offense but what difference does that make? Such an oppressive system is not forgotten overnight, the repercussions remain with the citizens to this day. Also wouldn't it had been a nice angle if apartheid, in this film, had come to an end in large part because of the alien arrival, giving all South African citizens of all races a common enemy to worry about?
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Old August 16 2009, 01:00 AM   #47
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I think making the Prawns an outright enemy in the story would have been cliché and generally a bad idea. I liked how Blomkamp humanized them by the story's end.

As for this whole apartheid issue... The director was born out of South America. He has gone on record saying the aliens were an allegory for apartheid but he didn't want to "blungeon people over the head" (to paraphrase) by making this an overt allegory. It's a science fiction film for cryin' out loud. It's fiction, but with a hard-edged, verite feel. I think people are blowing this entirely out of proportion to the point of missing the entire point of the film.
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Old August 16 2009, 01:20 AM   #48
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Also, making the lead black would have ruined one of the major plot points.
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Old August 16 2009, 03:15 AM   #49
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Well ive seen the movie tonight, and wow, what a disappointment.
1st. Why do filmmakers still have to use shakey cam? I hate any movie that has that camara moving around and shaken while im trying to center on the person or action going on. That itself ruined the movie for me. Just stick the dam camara in the ground and let me watch what is goin on.

2. What was with the whole Documentary feel of the movie? Seemed like half the movie was a documentary about the events that led up to the what little we actually saw. Why couldnt the writers just start the movie and have years ago this ship landed and blah blah and then get on with the story. The flashes to people talking about Wikus and events really took away from the movie and to me slowed it down and made it boring. To me this would of been a nice extra on the dvd but i still want to watch the dam movie.

And how did the fuel for the ship turn Wikus into one of those aliens?

The story wasnt too bad, heck was a good story and nice special effects, but got ruined with how the film was shown. Could of been soo much better, a shame.

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Old August 16 2009, 03:44 AM   #50
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Wikus reminded me of Steve Carell. Just thought I'd mention that.

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Everything looked so authentic and tangible. The Prawns were a real discovery. Never once did I think they were CGI. That was impressive. A Best Visual Effects Oscar nomination should be a shoe-in at this point.
The only thing that looked funny was that pig that was thrown about 40 feet into the shed.
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Old August 16 2009, 03:47 AM   #51
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District 9

Rated: R for bloody violence and pervasive language.

My Grade: A

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Near as I can tell, for me, District 9 ends the "Summer Movie Season" for me, looking ahead nothing else is coming out between now and the end of the month (when the Summer Movie Season pretty much ends) that sticks out as something I want to see and Districe 9 ends things on nearly as good a note as it started ( Star Trek.)

District 9 is a fantastic movie with some stunning special effects that makes you feel for its key alien character.

District 9 takes place in a South African city where a space-ship has parked in the skies. After hovering there for a few weeks the local military baords it and finds a large civilization of aliens there (who are given the "slur" name of "Prawns") who're eventualy restricted to living in a walled-off slum. The movie follows a government/corporate worker assigned to help relocate the aliens out of the city-proper slum to a "new" slum further away from the city.

Much of the movie is filmed "Cloverfield"-style as if done with hand-held cameras as some of the premise is around a COPS-style documentary of the agents walking around thee slum to get the aliens to sign their relocation papers. If there's one "drawback" to the movie it's that these "documentary" scenes (with the actors talking to the camera) blend in seamlessly with the typical camera/"foruth wall POV" most movies use (as these scenes are also done with a hand-held camera style) so at times it can be confusing if we're watching the "documentary" or if we're watching "from our own prespective."

The movie is supposed to be an alagory using sci-fi to the treatment of people in the real South Africa. My knowledge of that area's history is spotty so it's hard for me to say how well it works in that regard.

The alagory aside the movie is very engaging and the creature and ship/mecha effects done are stunning and flawless. What's remarkable is how much the "lead alien" comes across as a character and how much we buy the partnership he has with our lead human character. Stark, stark contrast from *ahem* certain other all-CGI characters and how they related to on-screen human characters. But I'm not going to open that jar of worms.

Brilliant, fantastic movie, that engages you and keeps you interested and fascinated. This is Sci-Fi pretty much at its best.

Good film making. Good effects. Good story. Good characters.

Good movie to see. So go see it.
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Old August 16 2009, 03:50 AM   #52
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I enjoyed it. Though, it wasn't nearly as good as the pre-release reviews made it sound.

It was cornier than I expected and there were some fairly major plot points that were poorly explained (or not at all).

Enjoyable film, though. I recommend it.
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Old August 16 2009, 04:03 AM   #53
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Saw it today.

At first I was like, what Johannesburg? I didn't get into it right a way, it seemed to be taking itself too seriously and some of the violence seemed gratuitous... it was throwing me off a little. But it I got over it, the story was good and so where the VFX. It seemed less cheesy (even considering the ending) than much of sci-fi. I kind of like that it did take itself seriously (but to much) now.
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Old August 16 2009, 04:18 AM   #54
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It was cornier than I expected and there were some fairly major plot points that were poorly explained (or not at all).
A lot of their predicament, including their arrival could be explained away by a lack of fuel, but who they were exactly and why they were on a ship travelling through space remains unanswered.
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Old August 16 2009, 04:25 AM   #55
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The movie was told mainly from Human POV and Wikus' own experience. Makes sense they wouldn't explain everything.
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Old August 16 2009, 04:38 AM   #56
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It doesn't really matter, the story they where telling didn't really need explaining exactly why they got there like they did.
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Old August 16 2009, 04:49 AM   #57
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I think you need to just go see the movie.
Plan too. Too many documentaries to watch first though.

That said, just reading about it makes it seem highly problematic is all.

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Which is ironic since Halo was supposed to cost something idiotic... what did MS want? A 200 million budget?

Can someone fill me in on the problems of getting a Halo film off the ground and running? Who was asking for a ridiculous budget?

MS tried to cobble together a partnership between two studios. They wanted a huge guaranteed budget and all ancillary rights to the film and both studios (Universal and Fox, maybe) balked and walked away.

I still blame MS for that deal collapsing. They wanted too much for something that wasn't guaranteed - and they could have funded the movie themselves, since they're freaking MS anyway.

I wonder if they could make a Halo movie for 30 million though.
This movie would suggest "yes".
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Old August 16 2009, 06:13 AM   #58
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I think making the Prawns an outright enemy in the story would have been cliché and generally a bad idea. I liked how Blomkamp humanized them by the story's end.
Agreed. The Prawns are dangerous and there's more than good enough reason for concern. But you do end up sympathizing with them at the end. Since they weren't fighting the American government, I was totally rooting for them at the end.

Agreed that the main alien, Christopher, totally comes across as an authentic feeling character. The son was great too.

According to Entertainment Weakly in their cover story last week, the director said he would love to return to the world of District 9. The end is ripe for a sequel but I just don't think it could measure up to this film and it would put a damper on the experience if it didn't. District 10 would be the likely sequel name I would think.
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Old August 16 2009, 06:34 AM   #59
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Just saw the movie tonight.

Fantastic!!!

I think that everything about this movie worked perfectly, just perfectly. It wasn't what I expected, which is an acomplishment in this day and age where plots are more recycled then the paper scripts are printed on. It was paced very well, the visuals were amazing (30m budget, really?!?! Wow!).

I'll disagree with the people saying that aparthaid should have been addressed in the movie... the movie is about aparthaid, we don't need an actual line of dialogue about it, the whole movie is about it.
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Old August 16 2009, 06:47 AM   #60
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I just got back from it. In my opinion this is arguably one of the ten worst films I have ever seen. A completely formulaic story that once again recycles the evil corporation/military hunting some guy for a secret he possesses. The opening documentary style narrative goes on far too long and ends up having little to do with the film. The attempt to go back and for the from the documentary to the real action was handles amateurishly. This is also a film of convenience where things exist simply because they need to to advance the plot. The bad guys were bad simply because there needed to be bad guys. The kind of film where once you get out you have a million questions that are a variation on "well why did this happen"?

My girlfriend on the other hand thought it was one of the most emotionally compelling films she has seen since the Wrestler. She thought it did a very good job of introducing us o the aliens and by not elaborating on their culture too much it made a good point about whether people forced into ghetto situations do so because of their inherent nature or because they are forced to.
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