DISTRICT 9 Movie Review
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to watch DISTRICT 9. This movie had a lot of buzz, especially after it was screened at Comic Con 2009. So without further ado, here is my review of the movie District 9.
Since seeing some clips at Comic Con 2009, I was eager to see the movie. I had pretty high expectations for it. However, District 9 didn’t quite live up to these expectations and I partly blame myself for that.
Indeed, I thought that this was going to be a movie about the struggle of a human hero trying to fight hard to save the embattled aliens from the evil government and corporations. Instead I got a movie about a very flawed and not very likeable guy, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), who just wants to get his way at the detriment of literally millions of living aliens. Fully explaining this statement would involve me revealing too much about the movie but needless to say that I wasn’t really engaged with the Wikus character. Although I really liked the actor, Sharlto Copley, who delivered a very intense and believable performance of what I think is basically a douche. Wilkus wasn’t all bad mind you, especially towards the end when he tried to redeem himself. However, by that time, it was really too late for me to like him.
The story of District 9 was pretty well put together but also had a lot of missing bits that were pretty glaring. Certain questions were simply not addressed, and for the sake of expediency, I will quickly fire them away in a list that I shall call “All The District 9 Unanswered Questions” (Warning SPOILERS):
– Where do the Aliens come from?
– Why did they crash land on earth?
– Where were they coming from when they landed on earth?
– Where were they going when they landed on earth?
– 1.8 millions aliens and only two guys who seem to know how to fly a ship. How is that possible?
– Why did they stay months in the ship before being rescued by humans? No one knows how to open a door?
– So these guys have mastered the science of space travel but couldn’t figure out a way out of the planet for 20 years?
I can go on but you get the point. What ticks me off about this whole thing is that they could have answered all of those questions with just a couple of lines of dialogue. How hard was that really?
Overall, I gave District 9 3.5 stars because they failed to deliver the basic stuff story wise but still managed to have enough enjoyable and interesting scenes to watch to keep me glued to the screen.