Groundbreaking! Incredible! DISTRICT 9 leaves you begging for more
I try to recall any sci-fi movies in the past that may have exactly resembled this body of work down to a T in any way and I can’t seem to pinpoint one. Anybody who might have doubts about this movie should know that the name Peter Jackson is synonymous with awesome quality and he’s not going to just produce any project if he doesn’t believe in what it’s capable of. The VFX in this movie is amazing, I know that that word is loosely used these days but no other title deserves that better than DISTRICT 9. The looks on those CG aliens and how they blend with actual environment are breathtaking. The attention to details pays off.
By the way, great set and art direction, DISTRICT 9 goes all out and beyond what’s expected of a normal presentation to bring you the dirtiest slums, the nastiest, most unhealthy living condition, the grittiest bloodiest medical experiment room. It’s not for gratuitous purposes, it’s for the purpose of doing the story justice.
The pacing is borderline perfect, not a single boring moment in this movie. Every scene is calculated carefully to grab your attention and at the same time to not neglect the message that it tries to convey in the process. Not one element is sacrificed or compromised for the sake of another.
Excellent directing by Neill Blomkamp. I’m officially a new fan of his. Watch out for this visionary director because from here on out, his future projects will be the talk of town. He may not have been allowed to do a HALO movie but DISTRICT 9 is his F-U to those haters, a sign that he’s not letting anybody get his creativity down.
He knows that he’s basically gambling on a no-star movie but he has so much faith in his friend, actor Sharlto Copley that he unleashes Copley to freely portray his character and get in touch with his skills and the result is an extraordinary performance, the nobody who becomes the most important human on the planet, the unlikely hero. Since this is, after all, something that he cooked up, Blomkamp knows what situation needs to happen at hand to spark a sudden surprise that should happen right after it. With the help of cinematographer Trent Opaloch, they manage to make the audience part of the film by splashing the CG blood onto the camera. Blomkamp also knows what’s considered cool these days by teens and video gamers, it’s obvious from the action sequences, that he caters to that target audience, this movie entertains your inner kid. Bad-ass shots are what you get and nothing less.
The pseudo doc*mentary parts are essential and they’re not distracting. In a way, they actually serve as history background, a group of talking heads looking back on those moments, wondering what the consequences will be in the near future.
The story is simple and yet powerful because it takes its lessons from human nature. It’s more than just social commentary, a mirror of refugees and the policies that concern them. You witness the development Copley’s character Wikus who’s a geek just doing his job but hating the aliens, and all of a sudden he gets infected and he gets to practically sit in the aliens’ shoes. We humans tend to quickly judge one another because we act on fear but when we put ourselves in our neighbors’ shoes, the worldview starts to change. And then the problem also develops into whose priority should come first. It gets really tough to help others when you’re in a very tough spot, selfishness vs. selflessness. Hands down, DISTRICT 9 is a must-see.