Monday, August 17, 2009

Review: District 9

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Title: District 9
Distributor: Key Creatives (Sony)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writer(s): Neill Blomkamp (screenplay) & Terri Tatchell (screenplay)
Staring: Sharlto Copley
MPAA Rating: Rated R for bloody violence and pervasive language.
Running Time: 112 min (1 hr and 51 min)
Synopsis: An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert: 3 Stars
Michael Phillips: 3 Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: A

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: NA, Ben Lyons: NA
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 88% (Fresh), Top Critics: 87% (Fresh), RT Community: 91% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 81 out of 100, Users: 8.6 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 77: (38.2% A, 48.6% B, 10.8% C, 0.0% D, and 8.7% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: A- Users: B+

My Review

Source Material: Based on Alive in Joburg, a short film directed by Neill Blomkamp, and stars Sharlto Copley, Simon Hansen and Shanon Worley.

Acting and Dialogue: A: Good acting all around and know real noticeable cheesy lines. If I have one negative thing to say, it would be you have to pay attention or you will miss something therefore creating plot holes.

Art Direction: B: Aesthetically pleasing.

Cinematography: A: I like how it goes from documentary to dramatic but keeps that Cinéma Vérité feel through out the entire film

Direction: A: Neill Blomkamp as a new filmmaker was good. I think he capture a good thought provoking film, that also had good pace and timing. I say Neill Blomkamp has proven himself worthy to direct a Halo movie.

Screenplay: B+: The story was good but like I said before I think I missed somethings, therefore plot holes.

Sound and Music: A: I like the score, it gave the film a mysterious feel.

VFX: A: Everything that was fake seem real and that is the goal when it comes to VFX.

Overall: A: This film is a good Sci-Fi but on top of that it also thought provoking. This film is one of the better films I have seen recently that gives a good social commentary. I been telling my friends that this film has brought me hope that a decent Halo movie could be made. Most people know that this film was going to be the Halo movie with the same Jackson/Blomkamp team but because of the disagreements between Fox, Universal, and Microsoft it didn't get made...but now with this movie out they might change their mind.

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