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Movie Review: District 9

Saturday, September 05, 2009
I had the distinct privilege of seeing District 9 the other night. I'd heard a bunch of good things about it and let me start this review by saying they're all well-deserved.

Poster linked at AngryWeb.net

Without ruining the movie, the basic plot is that it's 20 years in the future and a group of lost, starving, disorganized aliens has found its way to Johannesburg. Local governments built them a slum to house over a million aliens, but the local residents, increasingly dissatisfied with the presence of non-humans, demands that the slum be moved to an internment camp further from the city. With this in mind, a human force sets about evicting the aliens and that's where the movie picks up as the main character is forced to see both perspectives with the escalating tensions.

That said, for a science-fiction/action movie, District 9 is incredible. The story is engaging, the acting is solid, the writing is phenomenal, and the special effects don't look special at all. All I could say about the movie when it was over was, "why don't we get more films like this?" It was creative, deep, entertaining, and unique all at the same time.

Final word on District 9? See it in the theaters, while you still have a chance!


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