As my companion commented as the final credits rolled, "This movie
was too well done." Largely filmed in fly-on-the-wall documentary style--complete
with bouncy shoulder cam shots that did my stomach no favors--intermixed with
realistic news reports and frantic action, the main character and his evolution
from reprehensible company man to tragic hero was well captured over the length
of the film.
The sad part of this movie (just like in life), is that there are
no true heroes in the mix, everyone seems to be operating for there own self
interest, with the usual corporate greed running the show in the guise of
protecting the greater good.
Setting the movie in South Africa added to the alien nature of the story. In
some ways, I wonder if the movie had an underlying social comment, in that the
way we treated the aliens wasn't any different than the way we treat each
The visual effects were high-definition realistic, and overall the
aliens worked well, but the effects come into their own in the climatic combat
sequence. I have never see such accurate carnage before--although I could have
done without the splatter shots, where biological matter hitting the camera len
to make you feel a little too much like your there in the action. The application
of cause-to-effect for the alien weapons was impressive and completely
believable, and for this reviewer, the highlight of the movie.
District 9 is a visually impressive and socially thought-provoking science
fiction, than I'm sure will become a footnote in a much greater career.
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