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District 9, directed by Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson, take on themes both poignant and timely. http://www.sonypictures.com
District 9 uses a simple approach as its catalyst, and has raked in so far an impressive total at the box office (40 million) it is rare, jaw dropping, and a suitable science fiction endeavor. With its splendid use of CGI technology, a taut story-line, and rounded main characters enveloped with the antagonist/protagonist approach, it careens toward a dark territory simply eluded or washed out for many years in the film industry. Yes, there have been other ventures into the world of alien invasions, most of them remakes, movies like, War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and many others, have not scratched on the surface new questions for moviegoers. http://imdb.com
Although not exactly original, it does have the guile to delve into what may seem foreign in most films teeming with special effects. It has the nerve to highlight the complexities of a sociological experiment gone awry, with what appears to be a concentration camp with slum-like conditions, the ill effects of not understanding the biotechnology and temperament of extra terrestrial beings, and, gasp, the consequences of pushing a unfamiliar population too far, D-9 turns into a tale of violence and social unrest. As well, to balance the first act, (cleverly developed to look like a documentary) screenwriter Terri Tatchell, creates the character of man (Wikus Van De Merwe) conflicted by his job and his bout with a horribly ill-fated decision.http://http://http://http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0155389/
At the core there is a love story, the believable and well rounded development of a subplot that one may find sad and heartbreaking; the main character, Wikus Van De Merwe, (Sharlto Copley), once exposed to the baffling technology the aliens (known as “Prawns”) have developed, slowly has his life changed for the worst, and thus we are privy to a story, although fictional and fantasized, that contains an underlying anecdote in regards to how we as humans would react in a situation involving what seemingly is an alien spacecraft that has run out of gas, and so happens to be hanging harmlessly over the hazy South African sky of Johannesburg. District 9 is a lesson, an adventure, a love story, a mind boggling assault on the senses, a cringe inducing, high octane drama with a broad scope of societal issues all crammed into the well-formed metaphoric terms of a spacecraft hovering above earth.
District 9 is your source for SCI-FI with a brain, and its structure contains an irony and depiction that resembles many aspects of normal everyday life. www.d-9.com/