Reveiw: District 9


District 9 movie posterIn a summer where movie goers have been wondering if there is any original thought left in Hollywood, Peter Jackson unleashes to the world an epic take on the tired concept of the invasion film.  Violent, gritty, and completely unique, District 9 promises to give the movie going public an innovative and very different looking alien invasion film. 

In writer/director Neill Blompkamp's District 9, a different view of an alien invasion is presented.  Now we are not going to blow up the plot too much in this review, but we can tell you as much as has been learned through watching the trailer.  For 25 years, aliens have been stranded on Earth.  large_district 9Not sure as to what to do with the unwanted 'visitors', the world's governments have the aliens rounded up and housed in a ghetto in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Afrika.  But as popular sentiment over the alien housing (and the alien population in general) begins to change, the private company in charge of managing the alien refugees undertakes the task of moving to a more reasonable location (think "final solution).

A hefty undertaking, no?  Let's see how things have shaken out.

The Good

The Not So Good

In the theater where I watched this movie, a few couples walked out early during the movie.  I assume it was due to the graphic content of the movie, as they all had smallish children with them, and they started clearing out shortly after the first of many humans was vaporized.  So be warned... District 9 is not for the faint of heart.

The Verdict

district-9-trailerIn a summer of dubs and misses, District 9 is as close as a film can come to being perfect.  Uniquely shot, beautifully written, and ripe with the latest in computer generated graphics- District 9 offers something for everyone, be you the type that likes your film to makea statement while entertaining or the type that just wants to watch things (and people) get blowed up real good.  This if a solid five flusher... Get your silly ass into a theater as soon as you can cause if you don't all of your friends are going to clown you for it.