This had to turn into a feature. There was something new here. A meeting of ingredients that had never been put together in this exact way. A quality and a sense of direction. At the same time, a seriousness in the chosing of the theme and a diasarming, wonderful irony. Blomkamo adds to what cinema already is. He has something to say, something to show. Hope he will do much more and better than Elysium. (a bump?)
This was the only reason why I even bothered with District 9, and while the feature was a let down, the short remains one of the most interesting shorts I've seen. While, hyperbolic and general statements like I'm about to make general annoy me, it holds true in this situation: leave it to Hollywood to screw up a brilliant plot and film opportunity.
Call me odd man out. This honestly isn't a short film: it's just a tech demo with an intriguing premise. If you seek narrative or emotional connection, you won't find it here but rather in District 9, which is a proper film.