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Is District 9 any good?

grigori

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Report this Sep. 02 2009, 10:27 pm

Quote (duderanch18237 @ Sep. 02 2009, 7:24 pm)
Quote (grigori @ Aug. 30 2009, 11:10 am)
Duderanch, you sort of missed the whole point of the film--especially the characterization of Wikus: the way he CHANGES through the story is central to everything.

Pawning off the Prawns on the military, TOO, would have defeated the racist message set up by the fact that initially the aliens were mingling on the fringes of civilian society--without which, no plot, either.

Sounds like the kind of tunnel vision that comes with chronic pre-conceived notions, not to mention not much appreciation of the machinations of classic sci-fi. :D

I'm quite aware of the intelligence of the film, with all the references to Apartheid and what not.

It didn't fly with me, I didn't like it it. I'm not an idiot. I didn't miss any moral of the story. I simply didn't like it.

No prob.

I was just responding to what you said the FIRST time.

It WAS a different approach to making a movie.

asian_marine

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Report this Sep. 03 2009, 7:24 pm

i rather enjoyed it in the theater, but what makes it an outstanding movie is the small budget that got to make it, and the special effect are absolutely phenomenal.

ENT567

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Report this Sep. 04 2009, 6:51 am

I prefer to think it's real talents that make something really outstanding, not just budgets.

Though, it often happens some makers showed more talent when they worked with smaller budgets, while with bigger budgets their results may be worse. I suppose, that's usually becasue of too many other, unnecessary people who come together with the money and interfere.

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Report this Sep. 04 2009, 6:55 am

I was pretty surprised by how good it turned out to be. Pretty gritty, but unlike a lot of Sci-Fi these days (especially one that came out in may), this film actually had something to say with three-dimensional characters and very impressive effects (especially for a 30M budget, kinda just proves how Hollywood needlessly wastes money).

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Report this Sep. 21 2009, 6:27 am

Well as usual I'm late to the party with this film (the UK seems months behind everyone else for film releases these days). I saw it at the weekend and quite honestly, I thought it was amazing.

I was not expecting it to be so upsetting to watch. There were two points when I actually thought I'd have to walk out because I couldn't take much more...

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...the first was when they were testing the alien weapons with Wikus, and they brought the prawn in for target practice. And the second was near the end when they were beating Christopher Johnson.

Compared to the usual stock-sci fi that Hollywood keeps churning out, this film was a total breath of fresh air, it was original, exciting, the effects were fantastic, but didn't dominate the storyline (like in Transformers), the acting was great for the most part (I wasn't always convinced by Wikus's wife).

But as much as I'd love a sequel, to find out if Christopher Johnson really does come back, I think to try and capture the mood of this film twice would be a mistake. They should leave it alone as a great film experience.

grigori

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Report this Sep. 21 2009, 9:19 pm

Quote (MrsStarbuck @ Sep. 21 2009, 6:27 am)
But as much as I'd love a sequel, to find out if Christopher Johnson really does come back, I think to try and capture the mood of this film twice would be a mistake. They should leave it alone as a great film experience.

I'm leaning towards that view myself.

Good to know I wasn't the only one disturbed by those scenes--and I know we're SUPPOSED to be disturbed by those scenes, but I fear for the sensibilities of the average movie-goer these days. (I heard an actual CRITIC--albeit a young one--suggest The Informant might've been better without the voice-over narrative--butthead! that was the POINT of the film! the voice-over vs. the real events, and when the 2 sides of the story-telling finally collide. So much for critical viewership nowadays...)

MrsStarbuck

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Report this Sep. 22 2009, 9:42 am

Quote (grigori @ Sep. 21 2009, 3:19 am)
Good to know I wasn't the only one disturbed by those scenes--and I know we're SUPPOSED to be disturbed by those scenes, but I fear for the sensibilities of the average movie-goer these days. (I heard an actual CRITIC--albeit a young one--suggest The Informant might've been better without the voice-over narrative--butthead! that was the POINT of the film! the voice-over vs. the real events, and when the 2 sides of the story-telling finally collide. So much for critical viewership nowadays...)

I guess one of the things that made it so upsetting was that it was kind of based on a true story (the eviction of black residents from Cape Town District 6 in the '60s). I think one of the things the film did really well was to pass some fairly heavy social commentary, without making it feel like they were passing social commentary. Like you didn't feel preached to while watching it.

I also think the way they managed to invoke audience sympathy and compassion for the aliens was very well done. Let's face it, the aesthetic design of the aliens wasn't exactly 'cute' or attractive. In fact, they resembled insects more than people...but the characterisation of them made me identify with the aliens more than the humans, who, to be fair, in a lot of cases were almost pantomime villains (the 'evil' Nigerians in particular).

Although, talking of the Nigerians, if there's one thing that dissapointed me in this film it was that, for a film that is commenting on the evils of racism and segregaton, the broad stroke that they portrayed the Nigerians with (cannibals, criminals and sadistic killers) was fairly shocking. I'd have expected a little bit more sensitivity.

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Report this Sep. 22 2009, 1:21 pm

I went to see it twice, so take from that what you will.

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Report this Sep. 23 2009, 5:03 pm

Am I the only one who thought it was garbage? :O

MrsStarbuck

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Report this Sep. 24 2009, 5:33 am

Quote (captbates @ Sep. 22 2009, 11:03 pm)
Am I the only one who thought it was garbage? :O

Possibly :laugh:

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Report this Sep. 24 2009, 9:09 am

:)

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