District 9

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District 9: The most interesting failure in years.

Neill Blomkamp is most definitely a filmmaker to watch, and rarely do we see a debut of this audacity come out of anything resembling Hollywood.  But when you’re making a political and social allegory of this stature, make sure you get your politics evenly straightened out; or else you’ll end up with a mash-up of the best-of-horrible-social-injustices like this one.  Apartheid one minute (certainly the most intriguing argument), Holocaust the next, then throw a little Darfur in here for good measure.  This is a complicated film to say the least, and I haven’t even gone into the notion of heroes and villains that the film inevitably falls prey to.  The film is an intriguing blend of film styles, and I have to give much credit to the savvy use of CG for once, but the film needs focus, one that hopefully he will hammer out over time in future projects.  But this is no Starship Troopers my friends.  Perhaps all it needed was a little… humor?

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~ by febriblog on August 25, 2009.

One Response to “District 9”

  1. I think part of the problem here is that he started out making a political statement (or two or three) but he didn’t stick with it. It’s almost as if they chicken out in the editing room and decide instead to make it into an all out action film. Definitely needed more humor (like shooting the pig). Grade A CGI though.

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