Tuesday, August 25, 2009
My 'District 9' Review
To start, we had previews for Halloween 2, Sorority Row, The Fourth Kind, Legion, 9, Law Abiding Citizen, (at which point my wife was begging for a comedy trailer), and Zombieland. (Whew!) If they're going to have that many previews, they need to mix it up a little more. When you see too many horror flick trailers in a row, they all blend together.
Starring Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope and David James.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp.
To see a special-effects-laden summer movie with hard-hitting originality is truly something to treasure. "Laden" is maybe too strong. The special effects are never the show; they are only there to advance the story, not be it. It helps to have the multi-millionaire clout of Peter Jackson as your producer to get soemthing like this made.
Among the refreshing aspects of this movie:
- There are no stars so I have no preconceived notions about anyone, but Sharlto Copley makes one heck of a feature-film debut.
- I didn't know where it was going. It was dark enough that I genuinely had no idea.
- It takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. How many alien movies can you name set there?
It does offer a very bleak view of humanity, and it does have some gross parts, but it's a satisfying journey.