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District 9 (2009) Movie Reviews

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10/08/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The action movie you haven't been waiting for.

Quick tip: Don't eat anything before or during this movie. You will regret it.

I decided to give D9 another watch, since I didn't enjoy it the first time.
Now I enjoy it even less.
First and foremost, Wikus is an idiot. He's like a South African Peter Griffin, and that's bad marketing for the country.

I'm most likely in the minority that thinks this: I think Neill Blomkamp is a terrible director.
By now, I'm pretty sure he lenses his films through an iPod.
His shaky cam, half-documentary half-science fiction style is a clash of tones that doesn't fit.
Everything in this movie is ugly, almost disgusting. It made me feel nauseous watching it.
That may have been the look they were going for, I just didn't think it was appealing or at all interesting, it just took me out of the ex...

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2/4 

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KingInTheNorth
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08/15/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Yes

It was the marketing coup of the young century: When in January 2008 "Cloverfield" launched in theaters worldwide, the film was already on everyone's lips. The "Cloverfield" strategists at producer J.J. Abrams had without the pull of big stars get along and there was no popular literary model. In addition, the budget of just $ 25 million was far removed from the usual blockbuster for comparable magnitude. But Abrams followed a clever tactic: A little teaser that really made ​​exceptionally curious, deliberately scattered over the Internet video and images, and appetizers to a strict confidentiality policy stoked the interest of the growing and influential online community.

This strategy was for The Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson) unmistakably pattern for his sci-fi film...

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4/4 

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worleyjamers
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06/30/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

District 9

This film really surprised me. I had high expectations, but I did not know this would be great. This film is brilliant!

The thing that caught my attention right away was the documentary sections. I did not think it could be so appealing, but the mockumentary strategy really sets this film apart from every other lame alien movie. It makes the entire story feel so real. Brilliant filmmaking! For a relatively low budget, indie film, I was surprised by how great the special effects were. The action scenes were awesome, as were the aliens. I also really liked the gory parts of the film, it works. I was also very surprised by the acting, particularly by first time actor, Sharlto Copley. He gives a very strong and emotional performance that really carried the film and added a great level of e...

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3.5/4 

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01/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"District 9" by Yojimbo

When an malfunctioning alien spaceship strands over a million of its inhabitants on Earth, they find an unlikely champion in the shape of a previously self serving weapons manufacturer exec who starts to metamorphose into one of them after exposure to an unknown chemical. District 9's plot takes a lot of cues from cult 80s sci-fi, most obviously the racism allegory of Alien Nation and the genetic mutation premise from Cronenberg's The Fly. However, unlike something like Doomsday which simply ripped off old films with no wit or subtlety, this film actually develops upon its ideas. The production design is fantastic and the action sequences extremely well done, particularly the brilliantly handled climactic battle and the film has a great deal of momentum that meant I enjoyed it more and m...

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4/4 

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12/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

This Space Ship Doesn't Fly

Here is yet another perfect example of what should have been a really interesting concept as a baseline for a great sci-fi movie. Instead we get a story that initially hooks you but then loses focus and eventually drifts off into absurdity. The tip off should have been the fact that to gain any traction, this movie had to have Peter Jackson’s name attached to it (as producer); because most of us have never heard of anyone else in this film.

WETA studios (provider of the outstanding effects for the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ trilogy) provides the special effects, but with mixed results. While the alien craft and other devices are presented in good detail, the real star of this movie has to be the rendering of the alien creatures themselves. Unfortunately, the film neglects to make full use of...

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2.5/4 

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Daniel Corleone
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12/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

District 9 review

Multinational United (MNU) is tasked to relocate the aliens from District 9 to District 10. Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is assigned the relocation of aliens by serving illegal eviction notices. He then gets infected while growing an alien arm so MNU conducts several tests such as using his hand to fire the alien weapons. Wikus makes a deal with an alien (Christopher) to have his hand fixed and the aliens go home. He was able to steal weapons to look for the canister of Chris and flies a space ship. Nigerian arms-dealer Obesandjo orders the capture of Wikus after being detained shortly by a cruel MNU soldier Koobus Venter (David James). Wikus saves his alien friend by using one of their machines.

The documentary video camera news style of filming really makes the film genu...

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4/4 

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Ma'moon
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03/15/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Masterpiece....literally.

District 9 was just a spectacular masterpiece, A whole new line of Alien Movies with the great way of shooting it relying on the documentary style , Though it was considered as a Sci-fi movie of course, but District 9 could show the true and real human nature, the huge monster inside man when he deals with strange or lower grade creatures not considering they have feelings or families, we just deal with them as barbarians that must be treated with different way, I can say that District 9 was much like Avatar if we considered the common hidden message in both movies, In the end what do we want more than a great art in shooting the movie,amazing directing it by this new genius Blomkamp, A very satisfying screen play to present a new wave of Drama and Epic at the same time....This movie was...

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3.5/4 

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02/08/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Don't bother

This movie had one of the most misleading trailers in recent memory. I suppose the one positive thing that could be said about it is that it is somewhat original. The movie begins documentary style then transitions somewhere into a regular movie as if the director forgot a 1/3rd of the way through how he was shooting it. If it were to be shot regularly why bother with the documentary style to begin with? The plot itself is quite far feched, they need to blatantly explain key plot points throughout the movie, even so it explains very little. Such as why the ship broke in the first place, why if all the aliens are feeble, unthinking worker drones yet there is apparently a genious among them, you would think in the 20 years they were on the planet the one that was actually able to think woul...

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1.5/4 

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01/05/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

One of the Best Alien Films

District 9 puts racism to the extreme, giving details of the grim lives of aliens living on earth. At first, I believed that the movie wouldn't live up to its hype and it would fall, without grace, right onto the ground. I'm happy to say that I was wrong: District 9 put up a wonderfully showing of both story and characters, making the film one of the best science fiction films I've seen in a long time.

District 9 follows the events around a MNU agent, who is in charge to taking the aliens out of district 9, and putting them into district 10, so the aliens and humans can live a more peaceful life. The story begins slowly, explaining how the aliens got to earth and how they started to live on the surface with the humans. Although the information makes the story a little easier to follow,...

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3.5/4 

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12/01/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

District 9 Review

You may have heard a lot of claims that it's pretty much impossible to review this movie without giving away really big spoilers. Basically to give you an idea in a nutshell, imagine the events of District 6 set in the near future. Indeed there's more to the story, but I find District 9's story something that should be witnessed instead of explained. It's not just an action movie, but it deals with themes that would be worth considering if we were to ever actually see aliens meet us on Earth. I know it sounds like a sloppy description, but I don't want to spoil much. I can tell you this much though, for it's amazingly small budget, it sure manages to accomplish a lot of technical feats, like the robots and weapons for instance. There's also a reason this movie is rated R, it's like Starsh...

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4/4 

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