Sunday, September 13, 2009

September 12, 2009

District 9 (2009)
Well, that was a different way of looking at aliens. This isn't the innocent little ET or the vicious bloodthirsty aliens from Signs. These aliens are just sort of there. And crowded into a very realistically portrayed slum. And pretty pathetic. Honestly, these guys just want to go home and the humans keep crowding them into worse living situations. It's a gritty, grim, unintentionally eye-opening movie that feels like a combination of Black Hawk Down, Independence Day and Iron Man. My only complaint is that the movie breaks the 15-minute rule (the style that you establish in the first 15 minutes must be followed throughout the film) - some have said it's more of a framing device for the story, but I still disagree with the way they did it. The special effects for the aliens themselves, especially given the budget of the film, are amazing.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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