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District 9: The Review

Posted by lanktank on September 1, 2009

After two trailers and one post in anticipation for the movie, it has finally arrived in South Africa. District 9: The first South African movie to reach number one in America. In fact, isn’t it the first South African movie to reach America, period?

So, you think to yourself, “Wow, making it to number one in the States that means it’s got to be good!” And then you remember, “Oooh, but so did Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and you go back to a feel of uncertainty.

Nevertheless, on Sunday afternoon Dmeister, Kappie and I moseyed along to the cinema, purchased our tickets and sat in a dim theatre waiting to be wowed….

And wowed, we certainly were.

From the opening credits, you’re completely hooked to the point where you don’t want to blink in case you miss something. It literally has your attention from the first moment we lay eyes on our main star of the movie, Wikus van der Merwe, played by Sharlto Copley, who I have to say totally rocks the show!

I don’t really want to give the storyline away but very briefly: Aliens landed in Johannesburg 20 years ago and have been living in a settlement named “District 9” since then. Now people want them even further away from the city and a big movement plan has been put in place to ship the aliens from District 9 to District 10. Wikus van der Merwe is heading up this process but as you imagine, things go awry.

But it’s not what you expect; it’s so, so much more.

Not only is this a sci-fi thriller with an underlying, important political and social message… its funny! And also, it’s a real South African movie (ok, and international funding), with South African references and South African jokes which really makes it authentic. The special effects are first-rate and the aliens are awesome. There are the gory bits too and those moments that make your heart ache.

If I had to point out one, teeny, tiny thing that maybe was a little eh-hem… possibly a tad offensive to the Nigerians. And since this is a movie about Xenophobia, perhaps they could have thrown in one nice Nigerian, helper dude… but I guess every movie needs their “bad guys” and this time, they were it.

All the same, A MUST SEE!

It really is a goodie.

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