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District 9 - anyone been to see it?

seany t

May 11, 2006
I have. I bloody loved it. Without giving anything away story wise for the uninitiated, discuss it in here.

The trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6PDlMggROA - really didn't tell you ANYTHING about what the central storyline of the film would be, merely the background setup, so after the first 15 minutes I sat there thinking "Well bring it on, I have no idea whats going to come next".

I don't normally go ape**** for effects, but they were truly breathtaking. The work they started on the Halo film obviously paid off, and some of that alien weaponry was brilliant. I never really stopped believing at any point that the aliens were real and on that planet.

The central character was great, and sporadically very funny. The relationship he had with Christopher was so well done too, and reminded me of those 80's 'buddy' male flicks.

The build up to the action was immense, and when it came... Wow.

Thought it was innovative, visually stunning, surprising and above all different to every other sci-fi film I've ever seen.

Sure, it wasn't perfect. The ending was a bit heavy handed, I still don't know how the two races communicated and the Nigerian witch doctor subplot was handled with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but I can overlook those quite merrily.

Best action film I've seen at the cinema this year. And possibly longer than that.