I admit it, we’ve dropped the ball recently with “This week’s Film” well, we missed May completely. But June is a new month!
So District 9 is our triumphant return to film recommendations.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp who has set the standard for Sci-Fi/Action in recent years, and that trend looks set to continue with the announcement that he will be directing the Alien project.
But it wouldn’t be a Blomkamp movie if it didn’t star Sharlto Copley.
So the plot, An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.
It’s better than it sounds.
This is unlike any other extraterrestrial movie I’ve seen, for one it doesn’t sacrifice the intelligence or raw power that its story affords it for the sake of CGI fights, you still have them but they are done well and don’t draw focus from the main plot.
Filmed in the style of a documentary, which I thought was incredibly creative, we follow the day to day procedure of the main character (Wikus Van De Merwe) as he someone comes into contact with biotechnology that alters his DNA and he slowly turns into what the humans fear, knowing his life in danger he flees to the only place the extraterrestrial prawns are welcome; Disctric 9.
The Visual effects are stunning, there is a reason is was nominated for the Best Achievement in Visual Effects Oscar, any other year and it would have won, but Avatar ruined that party, it goes a long way to credit the movie that it was also nominated for the Best Picture Oscar alongside Ingrlourious Basterds and the eventual winner The Hurt Locker.