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Sci-Fi District 9

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Kevin, May 4, 2009.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    District 9 is a new film coming out soon by Peter Jackson (of LOTR fame) & Neill Blomkamp that looks into the impact of an incredibly huge UFO that is stranded on Earth, forcing it's occupants to become the newest refugees in the city below. The newly arrived aliens are not exactly greeted with welcome arms and they must eek out a living while being treated as unwelcome second-class citizens. Tensions are high on both sides as the aliens face discrimination in a thinly veiled plot line dealing with racial inequality.

    By now you're likely thinking "Uh, wait a minute.... aren't you describing the terrific Alien Nation from the 80's?" Well, yeah, but substitute Johanessburg, South Africa, for Los Angeles & giant insect looking aliens for the close-to-human aliens of Nation and you've got District 9. I guess the guys had a bunch of resources available to them after the aborted Halo movie project and they decided to take advantage of them.



    OK, now that we got that out of the way, District 9 is really a big-budget version of Alive in Joburg, a short film by Blomkap in 2005 that is virtually the same story.



    Now you could argue that Alive in Joburg is then the child of Alien Nation but there are some notable differences in the two works. The biggest item is that Los Angeles was capable of absorbing a new community within itself while in Johannesburg natural resources are already scarce to begin with. If you can't afford to feed your own family, you won't exactly be happy about a new group of people to compete with. Alive also introduced a different aspect of the story by having multiple UFOs come to Earth with those UFOs remaining hovering over the city instead of the single ship that that crashed in Nation. Not only are the ships still hovering over the city but they have tethers coming out of them that are anchored deep in the ground. What is their purpose? Are they stealing what precious little resources there are in South Africa?

    Nation is first & foremost a cop movie, the story of a detective having to overcome his own bias whereas Alive is shot in a documentary style. They may both tell a similar story but Nation explores racial tension as a backdrop while racial tension is the story told in Alive with no pretense.

    Alive may be stark but it may be even more telling of our society that UFOs & aliens are needed to get people to pay attention to the story being told.
     
  2. Chuckles

    Chuckles Uncomfortably Insane

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    District-9

    I want to see this movie. Anyone else?

    I love the movie's site because it is so innovative and the movie looks to be very solid based on it.
     
  3. dacoolguy

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    Re: District-9

    is this movie any good?
     
  4. Chuckles

    Chuckles Uncomfortably Insane

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    Re: District-9

    It's not out yet. I'm not really sure when the exact date is but I know it's sometime this August.

    I hope it will be good. Otherwise I wasted my time on their site.
     
  5. Tim

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  6. Chuckles

    Chuckles Uncomfortably Insane

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    Re: District-9

    Yes, I believe there was. I haven't seen it but I'm sure if a low budget film is good enough to be a full blockbuster; it is worth seeing....I hope.
     
  7. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    [ threads merged ]

    The LA Times has ran a story giving some more of the background that went into the making of District 9.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/her...-alien-vision-of-south-african-apartheid.html

    One of the things that caught my attention is that District 9 was made with a budget of $30 Million USD, a price tag that barely covers the cost of the talent with most typical Hollywood movies these days.
     
  8. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    LAT review: 'District 9' is 'scathing social satire ... terrific action'

    LAT review: 'District 9' is 'scathing social satire ... terrific action'

    [Via LA Times - Hero Complex]
     
  9. recall

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    Disappointing.
    Didn't even try to hide it. Not the slightest bit candid.
    Stirring the ashes of old fires to ensure there exists a problem they can preach about.
    Yawn.
    Pray for "Halo" to save Sci-Fi because this one (as with the day the Earth stood still, and the last "Bond" film), are too busy with globalist, social lectures to be entertaining.
    I find calculus & Insurance seminars more exciting.
    You'll feel either like your taking a mandatory core credit class, or the guy from Clockwork Orange with his eyes pried open.
    Find out for yourselves. I'm done pre-investing false hope in a new classic, or masterpiece.
    The first Star Trek was better at it, and the benchmark that has yet to be re-reached.
    Enjoy
     
  10. worldmaker

    worldmaker Producer/Screenwriter

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    Watching it in two days, will give my opinion here or on my review page here: Norfilms.com

    :cool:
     
  11. Tim

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    I have just seen the film and have to say it was a rather good way to spend a few hours. You're overwhelmed into thinking it is a brilliant film as it hits enough buttons to trigger your pleasure centres.

    I'd have to watch it again more methodically to break it down into how they filmed it, what traditional elements they've used and what new to figure out if it is all smokescreen and bad realism.

    For instance, it seemed like the swearing in it became progressively more common as it went along until it became natural and even necessary. The action scenes were pretty good and could forgive it as such.

    The character development of the main character was interesting. Some of the other characters were exagerated, especially in the mercs. The aliens characters varied so much, even changing to suit the scenes, maybe a method to further show predertermination of character in a racial problematic environment in our time, with times where it was showing flashes of almost humanity and suffering.

    But for that first viewing in peace, it was rather good and I certainly don't regret it. It is storytelling and entertainment and at that it was very successful. A film that makes the heart pump, mind think and adrenalin flow is always welcome.
     
  12. worldmaker

    worldmaker Producer/Screenwriter

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    Well, I enjoyed the first watching of it yesterday and gave it 9/10 for pure, fast- gritty entertainment.
    I'm sure I'll come up with a few new thoughts later, you forget the dark humour in it until long afterwards (Nigerians! :D ). I@m sure there will be more, but I'll restrict it all to my review page (now posted).

    :cool:
     
  13. LeRolls

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    Liked the movie quite a bit. It's amazing what they were able to achieve with a $30 million budget. There were some story/plot holes that seemed a little too convenient but it's still probably the best movie I've seen this year.
     
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    Saw it a few days ago myself...personally, I think it was an okay flick, but nothing I'd see a second time (where I had to pay for it).

    It was very slow to get into the real heat of the action...and the first 15-30 minutes reminded me of the movie equivalent of a novel's infodump.

    Once it started moving, it was a pretty good movie, though there seemed to be several plot holes along the way.

    The ending, too, seemed like it was just setting us up for a sequel later. I'm not a big fan of hanging endings, though, so that could just be me.

    I'd really like to know what happened to the MC's father-in-law...unless it was there, and I just missed it.
     
  16. worldmaker

    worldmaker Producer/Screenwriter

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    That'll probably be in the sequel. :)
     
  17. sammybaker

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    Saw it and it was okay. I wouldnt watch it tice though. I likes the concept and effects and was amazed the budget was only 30 million when it looked like a 100 million spent. Hello Michael Bay...you listening? hehe. One thing I liked was the story concept of the aliens being cast as refugees.
     
  18. joexx000

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    One of my favorite movies of the year so far. Hopefully they put out a sequel soon.
     
  19. LeRolls

    LeRolls Rocket Ranger

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    I doubt the original director will do a sequel right away since I think he's working on some other projects but I suppose he could change his mind if they throw enough money his way. They could also get someone else to direct and Neil B. could produce along with Peter J.
     
  20. tim8

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    Hi Friends.
    I would definitely like to watch this movie because of its story. I like science fiction based movie a lot, especially Day after Tomorrow. I often read science fiction books in library.
     

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