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District 9 (2009)
Fresh, innovative, and
FINALLY there's a good example of a perfect sci-fi movie. Genre seemed to be dying, but thanks to people like Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson it still is alive.
Movie got my attention from the teaser trailer back in may. Actually, i was kinda worried: movies that look great on trailers usually suck in general. But the movie proved to be an amazing exclusion from this rule.
Firstly, its completely non-standard. I was surprised when i figured out that the clumsy, nerdy, annoying bureaucrat is actually a main hero. You don't see very often a protagonist lacking any kind of "screen cuteness". If he'd die in the beginning i'd be totally fine with that (shouting "in your face!" meanwhile) and the way the movie was going i was thinking he will indeed die.
Second, amazing CGI. Every computer generated object blended in the scene and that was very nice. All the "prawns" were real-life like. Panoramic view of main ship looked just incredible.
Cinematography deserves a lot of credit. Its not "Blair Witch" and "Cloverfield" type crazy moving "hand-held" camera, which gives nausea. It balances between hand-held shots and cinematic shots, what creates a balance between a movie and documentary.
Of course, there are some flaws in the story, like why aliens had so many weapons and not use them, or why they could be used only by aliens (gun could identify DNA?! that's too much even for alien technology), or why Wikus wasn't "collecting" the bullets when he was in the alien suit, like the suit did that before. But i loved how director kept these questions unanswered, just by showing them irrelevant.
Would love to see more movies like that. And to find out if Christopher kept his promise.
PS: they mentioned "prawn hookers", but never showed how it works :)
Whoever called this "horror" never seen one before
I don't know what kind of tendency runs in Hollywood about stupid movies, but this "piece of art" definitely shows that your money worth much more being in your pocket rather than to be payed to watch it.
Misused cheap horror shots (suspence building moments which don't quite lead to anywhere in particular), predictable plot (actually me and my friend got it figured out by the middle of the movie), comical dialogs which made audience laugh rather than scare and very long playing time (136 mins, half of which you can just throw away and still "enjoy" the movie).
However, gotta admit there were some good stuff too. Very nice casting, enjoyed almost all performances, random creepy images and intriguing intro.
I hope Hollywood will come up with some proper horror movies before the genre dies completely.