Tuesday, September 01, 2009

District 9

Movie Man Mike chimes in on District 9

District 9 (A-). Great film! I went to see this movie because it had gotten some pretty good reviews and I wanted to see what it was all about. It didn’t seem like a movie that I would like. I was wrong. This movie has some great acting by new-comer Sharlto Copley, who plays a company agent given the task of relocating a group of aliens who became stranded on Earth and who established a shanty-town near Johannesburg, South Africa . The aliens are reviled by all, including Copley’s character, Wikus van der Merwe. To achieve their goal of relocating the aliens, the humans are willing to employ just about any means from trickery to killing. Wikus gains a new perspective and understanding of the aliens as a result of his efforts. The story is filled with lots of thought-provoking historical, political, and racial parallels. I was pleased to see that the film ends in a way that begs for a sequel. Bring on the sequel!


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