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Movie Review: District 9 (2009)

District 9 – 2009 Sci-Fi With unknown actors and an unknown director, I wasn’t sure what to think of District 9 before seeing it. It didn’t help that the trailers were extremely vague. That said, I’m happy I took my chances and saw it. The trailers really just show what the first 20 minutes of […]

district-9District 9 – 2009
Sci-Fi

With unknown actors and an unknown director, I wasn’t sure what to think of District 9 before seeing it. It didn’t help that the trailers were extremely vague. That said, I’m happy I took my chances and saw it.

The trailers really just show what the first 20 minutes of the film are like. After that, there’s a big twist that really changes the rest of the movie and makes it so much more interesting.

Another interesting thing about District 9 is that the aliens aren’t really the antagonists. By the end of the movie, it’s almost like they’re the “good guys” and the humans are evil. Maybe it’s just because I saw Schindler’s List a week before watching District 9…but the way the aliens are treated reminded me a lot of the Holocaust; they were evicted from their homes with no warning, they were shot for virtually no reason, things like that.

There’s a reason this movie is Rated R; characters drop the f-bomb in basically every sentence, and it’s one of the bloodier movies I’ve seen in a while. That said…the action scenes are some of the coolest action scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie…my personal favorite is when an alien literally just rips a human’s head off using its “hands”.

After saying all of that, I admit that District 9 is not perfect. The first half-hour or so of the movie had me a little bored…but I’m glad that I hung in there because the second half of the movie is awesome. My review hasn’t even touched on some of the more minor parts of the plot (such as Nigerian gangs completely taking advantage of the aliens).

The ending of the movie strongly implies that there will be a sequel…and I hope that District 9 is enough of a success so a sequel will be made; I definitely want to see it.

Score = 9/10

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