Some good bits and well worth watching. Some superficial political commentary. This could easily have been really, really good. Marred by lumpy plot and character development, uncanny valley CGI, lack of imagination, uncertainty over the balance between humour, satire, scifi, action. And between found footage & standard. Nice lack of subtitles. The spaceship was great. Away and read some Iain M Banks!
It may have been a little overpraised upon release but I’d have to agree with those who really loved this film. It has a hell of a lot of fun while also probing at some serious matters just below the surface. Blomkamp (helped in the writing by Terri Tatchell) may not please everyone with his presentation of the material but that doesn’t really bother me. At the end of the day, he pleased me.
An interesting thought experiment that utilizes the alien theme for socio-political critique, most notably difficulties concerning immigration. Although I appreciate this, I wasn't too impressed with the film. I disliked the actors and the characters they portrayed, did not care for the alien CGI -except for the awesome spaceship- and think the storyline is one of a cliche action film. Scores on authenticity though.
I don't see much of the often pointed out social/political commentary myself, as at best it boils down to a simplistic and predictable 'they are like us' sentiment, lacking much depth. What I do see, however, is that the first half is a fun--finer detail aiding-- mockumentary before it goes for action/sci-fi spectacle. District 9 may be bombast over brains, but there's a smile to be had in its humor and set pieces.