Wednesday, August 26, 2009

District 9

I've been meaning to start blogging about other topics besides my usual movie review... buuuuuut it's hard! It was summer! What else is there to do besides going to the theater? Well, rest assured because summer is over and my days of movie-hopping are sadly at an end.

During my last week of summer, I watched District 9 with my boyfriend. Before watching the movie, I had seen previews and had already decided it was going to be one of those many movies that look interesting and exciting but end up being horribly corny and a waste of two precious hours of my life. But a lot of my friends had seen the film and gave rave reviews about it, so I decided to give it a chance. Thank God I did!

I advise you not to read the synopsis below, because much of the magic of the film is that you have no idea what is going to happen next.

[Synopsis] The movie was set in a time where aliens are living on earth in a small area in South Africa. This area, called District 9, is heavily secured and can almost be described as concentration camps. The movie briefly shows us the background story of District 9 describing the first time the "mother ship" had appeared in the air in South Africa and aliens' poor health conditions. What first started as an area to aid the aliens had become a slum that contained and controlled them. The turning point in the story begins when Wikus Van De Merwe, a field operative of MNU (Multi-National United), a government organization that controls the aliens, is infected with an alien liquid that begins to change his DNA.

The movie surprised me a lot. I was glad the trailers didn't give any information away, it just gave us the background information of the film. It's important that viewers go into the theater not expecting something earth-shattering, because they're setting themselves up for disappointment.

I loved everything about the movie: the plot, the characters, the conflict. Although the genre was sci-fi, the movie felt really real. It really dove deep into human nature and held nothing back. I really appreciated the film as it was. The graphics were great even though it's considered low budget for its genre.

I dub this film the best movie of the summer! (And trust me, I've seen a lot of them)

I give it 5 stars!


Tara said...

Hmmm...I don't usually watch scary movies. But I am kinda curious about this one. I may have to set another date night with Wil. =)

Laura said...

Its not scary noob.

PS. You're a big baby!

Tara said...

Haha! You're the baby, baby!! Me and Wil were this close to going to watch it today. Maybe next week.