Sunday, August 30, 2009

District 9

For 20 years a spaceship has been hovering over the city of Johannesburg in South Africa unable to function, a part of it gone missing. The aliens, found clustered inside the ship, are placed in a government camp called District 9.

The camp as the years pass eventually turns into a slum and the co-habitation between humans and aliens are plagued with violent riots and racial discrimination.

For peace to settle between the two warring camps, aliens are relocated to a new camp 240 km off Johannesburg. Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley), an employee of a private military contractor (MNU), is tasked to lead the relocation.

On the first day of the transfer, van de Merwe confiscates a black canister and inadvertently sprays himself with alien fluid. All hell breaks lose shortly thereafter.

I won't spoil the rest of the plot but this is where the film gets more interesting as van de Merwe races against time to keep himself alive.

This is by far the best movie of the North American summer toppling Star Trek and Up from the top of my list. It has an engrossingly solid story, kick-ass weaponry, and an ending that does not attempt to tie all loose ends. Filming it documentary-style was nifty too.

Go watch this!

12 comments:

ShatterShards said...

I saw this yesterday, but sadly missed the first five minutes of the film. I plan to watch it again next week.

Jerick (the former Curbside Puppet) said...

hi scud! its been a while since i last visited your witty blog. i would wanna see that movie real soon!

i always have a certain fascination with south africa. kaya i would wanna watch that.

atticus said...

whoa. sige nga. walang magawa eh. bihira kang pumuri ng movie at pag ginawa mo iyon, tiyak patok.

Random Student said...

Great movie to pass the time. It's a notch higher than the other movies of similar orientation (clovefield). Got me empathic for the aliens towards the end. Its one hour or so is somehow the first 15 minutes of the latest terminator. Unfortunately I came in 5 minutes late sa district 9, so I didn't get to see the actual start. Tsk-tsk!

theLastJedi said...

' waaaahhhhh!!!! im dyin' to see this film.. saka nah license ko, unahin ko na to bukas!!!!!!!!

gillboard said...

i really love this movie!!! panalong panalo to!!!

The Scud said...

shattershards > you didn't miss anything. bili ka na lang ng dvd. sayang ang pera. hehe.

jerick > panoorin mo. sulit ang oras at pera mo. :p

The Scud said...

atticus > panoorin mo na pati 'ponyo on the edge of the cliff'. animation. katutuwa.


random student > i love both films (cloverfield and d9) but i like d9 better. astig ang ending.

The Scud said...

lastjedi > nood ka na. bilis. btw, you still want to know where to get a copy of west wing?

gilbert > astig di ba? madami ba nanonood nito? konti lang nanood sa galeria. bummer.

Photo Cache said...

wow the plot is very interesting. something that a scifi nut would totally sink his/her teeth into. something my hubby would love.

enJAYneer said...

wow.. thanks for sharing.. i will definitely include this on my "to-watch" list...

The Scud said...

photo cache > nood na kayo ni hubby. it's a pretty good sci-fi film.

enjayneer > you're welcome. thanks for dropping by.