My Thoughts on District 9

This film, which is a expansion of director Neill Blomkamp’s 2005 short film Alive in Joburg, was essentially consolation by producer Peter Jackson for the Halo film (which Blomkamp was supposed to direct) falling through.

I think a lot has been said about how this is supposed to reference apartheid in South Africa, so I will move more onto the format.

The film starts off in the form of a documentary (with some shaky hand-held camera work), before moving to a more classical narrative.

I found that the film was a quite good sci-fi/action film. However, was just the backdrop for the human rights message in the film, since you are supposed to sympathize with the aliens.

Overall, despite some motion sickness I got for the camerawork, this is definitely the sleeper film of the summer and it is well worth checking out.


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).