District 9 – Review
Well it’s been a couple of weeks now since I went to see District 9, and everyone else has probably seen it so I don’t want to bang on about it too much. Basically I just wanted to say that if you haven’t seen it, I think it’s one of the most important films of recent years and definitely deserves your attention. That’s not to say I think it’s perfect, I don’t. The first half hour or so with the documentary style filming was pretty boring and I didn’t think I was going to like this film at all. After the lead character is infected in the ‘prawns’ camp however, and slowly begins to change into one of the ‘prawns’ (think The Fly) the film takes a completely drastic and brilliant turn, switching gears and completely upping the excitement. This movie is part horror, part sci-fi and part action. The film deals with racism, fear of the unknown, love and determination.
The effects are mind blowing for the relatively low budget used. I actually felt really moved by the story of the main ‘prawn’ and his son, I really wanted them to make it home alive, bearing in mind that they were, from what I can gather, completely computer generated, that gives a real sense of how strong the effects were and how well the actual story was written.
As I said, District 9 is not perfect, but it IS a great film, and one that I can’t help but feel that will be kept in very high regard by both sci-fi and general film fans alike, for many years to come.