'District 9' Review By the Narrator

Literally screeches through the sky with tamable, but near limitless intelligence and imagination. Its not this years Dark Knight. But it is this years summer movie. Overall: This movie blew every alien movie before it away.
  • OVERALL
    5.0
    SUPERB
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
***Spoiler Alert***

This was my most awaited movie of the year next to Watchmen and Public enemies. Both of those were great. But this blew this years competition out of the water. I hope it does well in the box office because it deserves it. Me and my friends saw this tonight. the theater was packed and the parking line was insane. 20% was for G.I. Joe and 10% for Time Travelers Wife. But the rest were flooded into the 2 screenings for 7:00 and 7:45. We, going to the former, and running late, barely got seats together. The trailers passed, all of which I have seen on this site, and I was impatient for it to start. I read it started slow, and its sort of true. but its needed to build the story so 20minutes of talking is worth 1 hour of running, cussing, and blood spattering action. It was not overly gory. It was realistic.

The story revolves around a U.F.O. full of aliens arriving in South Africa. Hovering there, and the eyes of the world looking at them, the South American government and laterly founded M.N.U., decide to drill and dig their way in after there is no response. When doing so they were on the verge of a great discovery. Expecting high tech gear, and weaponry, and peaceful all knowing creatures, they instead stumble upon a city full of refugee like aliens. More like a ghetto than paradise. Malnutrition and poverty setting in, the government acted quickly getting them off and into refugee camps and feeding them.

Now over 2 decades later, the wold and South Africa are tired of the aliens. Costing a lot of money, being involved in petty crimes, and restricted to District 9, the "Prawns" at their dubbed, contain no signs of the greatness they could have possessed at one time. M.N.U. are ideally pissed at aliens, expecting weapons and technology for themselves (being the #2 greatest arms dealer in the world), and getting in return rebellion and a language only few can understand.

During this time, M.N.U. does a "relocation" of the Prawns, from a slum, to a seemingly brand new but actually tighter space outside of the city of Johannesburg. At the tip of this charge is Wikus van der Merwe, a nerdy do gooder, fond of the F word. Married to a beautiful woman, and son in law to his boss, he has a good life. They go door to door, hundreds of them, noticing, evicting, and for the more hostile, killing the foreign creatures. But when a rebel alien, tired of his people being mistreated and abused by the humans, decides to make a special thing, that tuns man into Prawn. Wikus encounters this thing which slowly mutates him into an alien. He already grows a claw and has a perfect balance of Alien/Human blood. He is soon taken, held, and tortured, by the M.N.U. He is forced to try the aliens foreign guns, being that only Prawns can access their own weaponry. when Wikus succeeds in every Prawn technology, he becomes the key to M.N.U.s survival and domination of the arms market. He escapes however, and becomes the most wanted man in the world. He flees to the only place hes safe: District 9. His search to become full human starts, and he finds things people will never know. That's all i will say for now.

The acting: Brilliant. The acting was 4.5 with most, but Wikus, portrayed by Sharlto Copley, was brilliant. To act so honest and truthful in the midst of aliens that aren't even there is incredible, and the fact that its all improv almost makes it even better. Everyone else does good as well, especially that bastard of an M.N.U. agent.

The effects: effects don't make a movie. That said, these are excellent. The aliens are more than believable, the ship is great, and all the effects and explosions, etc: WOW. God it reminded me of Halo.

Directing/writing: near perfect. The fact they finished this so fast, and directed/edited it so well was spectacular. I don't want to give away surprises, but man this guy should have done Halo. Maybe he will.

Overall: the best movie of the year so far. No joke. Don't get your hopes up to high, cuz my some of my friends thought it was ok only, but some thought it a masterpiece as I did. Judge as you may, but back it up because although this movie has holes, it is the PERFECT summer movie.

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Comments (18)

  1. bruce_ha

    OH, great review btw! Thumbs up!

    3 years agoby @bruce-haFlag

  2. bruce_ha

    One word to describe District 9 perfectly: Originality

    I love me some originality. The only thing that's been lacking these past couple of years.

    3 years agoby @bruce-haFlag

  3. the Narrator

    Wow, thanks. I just re-read this ,and I have a LOT of typos. Jeez.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  4. Dan

    Good review, dude. I really enjoyed the heck out of this movie, and it was a great setup for a lot more story to be told.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  5. the Narrator

    Haha, thanks man. I haven't seen these babies in a while. Gotta wipe the virtual dust off them. ;)

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  6. Diaigma

    Finally getting around to reading your reviews. This was a stellar review, Friend. I like your breakdown system, too.

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  7. the Narrator

    Lol. sorry man. I meant the blood and such when the nails were falling out, o when they were biting the meat and prawns, or when the guy was ripped apart... and a few kills looked pretty real. That is what I payed attention to mostly. The over exaggerated kills your talking about, looked like purple/red juice to me at times, which was cool. Lol. I am definitely NOT a massichist. I hate movies with too much gore, like hands completely cut so you can see the bones and such. Or guts everywhere. So yeah this was nicer for me and I didn't really call it too gory like some did. It looked fake enough to be ungory. :)

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. the_shyamalan_hater

    This movie was good I have to admit it but how can you say the gore was realistic. I don't mean to say I don't like gore but when you use it you have to be a little realistic. If people blowing up like balloons, heads constantly flying off, and alien consumption sounds realistic to you I'm sorry but you are a massichist.

    5 years agoby @the-shyamalan-haterFlag

  9. the Narrator

    Lol. Well Phatlightning, I personally think it beat the crap oout of other alien films because of the story. Not because of the focus on aliens, but rather the view that the humans had at them. When it came to introducing the aliens and focusing on them etc it was not anything new, but as I said the view was. Other movies, we are either about to be destroyed by extra terrestrials (ID4, TDTESS), hunted by them(Predator, Aliens), or coexisting with them as if there wasn't the slightest difference(Star Wars and Star Trek). This brought something new to the table and with the time they had to do it, it was pretty damn good. At the end of the day to each their own. I saw this with my friends, 3 of them. One thought it was crap, one thought it was fun, and another thought it was kick ass! So yeah, I hope I answered your question.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  10. Phatlightning

    In what way does "This movie blew every alien movie before it away"? They barely even featured the aliens, sure, they knocked on some doors and talked to a few, but no one explains how each other has come to understand one another, or at least I missed that piece of the puzzle. If you are making that statement based off of the graphics and CG than I suppose you could have an argument, but as far as plots go, this one was lacking greatly to other prominant alien films.

    5 years agoby @sxers2k1Flag

  11. the Narrator

    Haha. you should. :)

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  12. Diaigma

    Sweetness. I'm glad you liked it. I may have to check this out myself. :)

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  13. the Narrator

    Thank yous all. And 313td check it out. And Ed, I am seeing it again too. It was mind blowing.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  14. Rlt9009

    Good review.

    5 years agoby @rlt9009Flag

  15. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I can tell this movie will become a success at the box office!

    5 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  16. slysnide

    surprisingly good for me. good one Fallen.

    5 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  17. ed_wood

    Easily the best movie of the summer, I can't wait to see it again.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  18. 313td

    Glad you liked it and I can't wait to see it.But best movie of the year?I guess I will have to see it before I can agree with you on that.

    5 years agoby @313tdFlag