District 9

District 9

What he said:


Disappointed is the first word that comes to mind. I was disappointed, because when I first saw the trailer for this movie I was blown away. I had never seen a movie from this genre that looked so real.

District 9 takes a different approach to the invasion movie. In this film, the aliens presence on Earth is already well-established. The creatures arrived long ago and are grouped together and essentially quarantined and live in poverty their time here. After years of this, tensions rise and it all comes to a boiling point.  

I felt like I was watching two completely different movies. One was about the aliens and their struggle, which I really enjoyed seen through the eyes of Christopher and his son. That was very well done and it would have been smarter to focus almost exclusively on this aspect of the film.

The other was the main character's story. It felt out of place, forced and created some plot holes for me. I didn't like his story at all. He didn’t capture my interest whatsoever. They didn’t redeem him, they merely used a cheap plot device (I won’t give it away) in order to connect him to the other, alien main character.

I also was totally distracted by Sharlto Copley’s (Wikus) performance. I thought it was one of the worst I had ever seen in a movie of this magnitude. I later found out it was his first movie and I wasn’t surprised to hear that at all.

Rating: Thumbs down.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure in August of 2009 and updated on December 20, 2010.