District 9

District 9

Great stuff - Mick Jordan

8 Points

Viewer Rating:Mick Jordan has rated District 9 rating: 4 Star

Although it borrows (steals) heavily from so many other films – “District 9” is still remarkably original. Yes it's another Aliens versus Humans battle but there's a twist – the aliens are the good guys. Refugees stranded on Earth when their Mother-ship breaks down over Johannesburg, there are over a million of them and they are settled into District 9 which very quickly becomes a slum. The parallels with Apartheid are obvious but very effectively done and soon develop into full blown Nazism. The behaviour of the authorities towards the “Prawns” very quickly draws your sympathies to the alien side and you are appalled at the extent of man's inhumanity to not-man.
Twenty years after their arrival it is decided to 'Re-settle' the aliens far from the civilian population – by force. A semi-militarised private company “MNU” is assigned the task of serving the evictions and they are initially led by a civilian, Wikus Van De Merwe (played by Sharlto Copley) who is a devoted company man with nothing but contempt for this inferior species. However Wickers soon finds that MNU's primary interest is in getting their hands (so to speak) on the aliens' weaponry systems – weaponry that is biologically linked to the aliens themselves and even he is horrified at the lengths they will go to to get it.
While “District 9” is made up of elements from “Robo-Cop”; “The Fly” and “Alien” (obviously) the film it most closely resembles is “Starship Troopers” – in reverse. This time we are cheering on the plucky aliens as they fight back against the evil soldiers and we are filled with thoughts of “Death to humans!”
For a film that cost 30 Million (a third of the afore-mentioned “Starship Troopers” – evil human propaganda) “District 9” looks incredible. The CGI is utterly convincing and only the logical fact that these aliens - don't - in fact - exist, makes you realise that it's actually there. The film is hugely entertaining and the action superbly done. Just as well as there is a lot of it but director Neill Blomkamp never lets it smother the serious drama of the story – and there's a lot of that as well. – Roll on the inevitable District 10.

Review published on the 16 October 2009 09:29

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