Friday, August 28, 2009

Review: District 9

The film District 9 was, after all was said and done, quite good I think.
The movie was presented in the form of a documentary, with people being interviewed after the story took place. As per the documentary format, a hand held camera was used throughout the movie. This was the cause for some trepidation on my part, having seen the effect the movie Cloverfield had on its audience members because of the hand held camera. Fortunately District 9 did not have such chaotic camera work, so that had no adverse effects beyond worrying me.
The story itself was very interesting: an alien race is forced to live in slum like conditions in a makeshift compound known as "District 9", located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The story centralizes around a government agent, Wikus Van De Merwe, who is exposed to the alien race's biotechnology.
My only problem with the movie is that it took so long for the story to develop.
The film is, however, rater R for excessive language and plentiful gory violence. If it were not so gruesome and riddled with obscenities, I would recommend it greatly.


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