Like a combo of 'The Fly' and that infamous 'Superman' story where Lois becomes black, varnished with video game-ish sci-fi spectacle. Like others, I was intrigued by the mockumentary element, but ultimately saw the meat of the main relationship as relatively simple. Furthermore, the setting (and the Nigerian antagonists) dilute the race element a bit. But it is touching, overall.
A brilliant and smart Sci-Fi film demonstrating humans behaviour towards strangers. It relates to conflicts in the past but it's relevance seems to be continuing in the far future. I like the story but could do with a little less action and more dialogue.
A clear allegory of Apartheid that fuses mockumentary, Black Hawk Down and Star Wars in an odd below average crucible. None of these elements really add much of value to the mix and it is arguably the political comparison with the sad not-yet-forgotten former brutal regime what strikes a cord between laser beam and sigh of disbelief. The cacophony of sounds is enough to keep you awake.
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.