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Alive in Joburg (2005)

An eerie tale of a close encounter of the third kind in Johannesburg.

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Neill Blomkamp
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Braam Greyling Braam Greyling ... Cop 1
Godfrey Seome Godfrey Seome ... Cop 2
Dawie Ackermann Dawie Ackermann ... Afrikaans Professor
Sweetness Hlomza Sweetness Hlomza
Patrick Hlomza Patrick Hlomza
Bennet Mogobithla Bennet Mogobithla
Zakiel Mogobithla Zakiel Mogobithla
Jess Newing Jess Newing
Scott Donaldson Scott Donaldson
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An eerie tale of a close encounter of the third kind in Johannesburg.

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District 9 (one of Blomkamp's later films) is based on this short. Both Alive in Joburg and District 9 were written and directed by Neil Blomkamp. See more »

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Alien: We don't want to be here, this place doesn't want us... we have nothing, nothing.
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Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #42.2 (2009) See more »

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Solid and an interesting start
25 January 2007 | by MrVibratingSee all my reviews

Good blend of CGI and journalism type hand-cam stuff. Most of the things we see look realistic, except the aliens themselves, since makeup is still very expensive compared to CGI. Seeing Independence Day style ships hover over Johannesburg was probably the coolest part.

In terms of plot feels very short and a little rushed, but nevertheless shows some promise for Neil as a special effects guy and possibly a director. The movie is an obvious jab at apartheid and the irony in humanity. Various black people who not two decades ago where themselves oppressed react with fear and suspicion towards the aliens.

It's available on the Internet, so you should check it out. It will be interesting to see what Neil can do with larger projects.


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2005 (South Africa) See more »

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