Saturday, August 15, 2009

Open Thread - Thoughts on District 9

Last night I finally saw the super-hyped District 9. It seems like people have been buzzing about this film for at least a year and even more when Peter Jackson made his Comic-Con appearance. So instead of doing a long review on what I thought, I'm curious to see what everyone else is thinking. Chime in with your thoughts! Was D-9 a hit, miss or do you plan on skipping it? One thing...I will say that I enjoyed the film. I'll share the reasons why in the comments section.

11 comments:

Wilson said...

I freaken loved District 9. The last time I felt so moved by a movie of this magnitutde was when I finished The Dark Knight. District 9 had everything going for it; a story with great plot twists, cool sci-fi (the mech! :P), and action to satisfy the inner action nut within (that lightning gun was awesome). There were slow moments, but I never really felt I was just being stringed along for the next action/sci-fi scene. Total props to Neil Blomkamp.

Can't wait for the dvd to come out ;)

Charles Gramlich said...

I had not really planned to see it until it came out on PPV. From what I saw of the previews it looked like one SF cliche after another.

SQT said...

I haven't seen it yet, though I probably will. From what I've seen/heard though, it sounds like it's just more humans are baaad sci-fi. I kind of get tired of that.

OnlyTheBestSciFi/Fantasy said...

I loved it. And yea, humans are bad... just because a movie forces you to see the reality of that doesn't mean it isn't true, or that the movie isn't entertaining. It has something in it for everyone.

SQT said...

--Best sci-fi

Yeah, but humans aren't always bad, no matter what Hollywood says. It may be a good movie, but that is a tired, tired trope. One I could do without all the freaking time.

Karen said...

D-9 wasn't as ground-breaking as I thought it would be but it was enjoyable sci-fi flick. Stylistically, it reminded me of The Office meets Children of Men with a dash of Cloverfield.

@SQT
While there were some "humans are bad" moments the overall theme seemed to be compassion, and learning compassion in the most unexpected places.

SQT said...

Karen-- that's good to hear.

scott said...

'From what I saw of the previews it looked like one SF cliche after another'

I thought it was one of the most original movies ive seen in a long time. I had no idea where the movie was taking me but it all played out so well. See it!

SQT said...

Scott-- I'm pleased that the people who have seen this are giving it such good feedback. I'll have to rethink my preconceived notions and go see it. Thanks!

Michael F Stewart said...

My bro was the creature supervisor for, definitely going to see it!

Ian Cruickshank said...

I thought the movie was very well done. The story was simple, well thought out, and well executed. The acting was good, especially when you consider that Jason Cope played all the aliens in various scenes. I cheered for Wukers, cursed his father-in-law, cheered when the colonel met his doom. The effects were simple and very well done, from the hovering space ship, to alien weapons (who doesn't like mechs?)to the alien make-up and CG work. Overall District 9 has to be one of the best movies I have seen in a long time...and yes I have already reserved the spot on my shelf the BlueRay.