I love moments like this. Moments where you know something pretty amazing is about to happen… That things might actually change for the better. I am giddy for the rest of the world, and for you. At 12:00 a.m., on August 135h, District 9 a new film directed by Neill Blomkamp (watch interview part 1, part 2) produced by Peter Jackson, and starring Sharlto Copley (watch interview) is going to be unleashed upon unsuspecting moviegoers. And if you’re smart, you’ll have your ass in one of those seats and your shoes stuck to the ground from spilled Cherry Pepsi.

So here is goes…

A Word:

This is the first movie in years which I walked into almost completely oblivious to what I was about to see. Aside from a tiny portion of the first teaser for it, I stayed away from anything District 9. No trailers, sneak peaks, magazine articles, early reviews. Nada. Only a few bits od their viral marketing campaign in Los Angeles. Moments ago, I watched the trailers for the first time. While they don’t reveal a whole lot, they do reveal a couple moments that are spoiler-esque. Even with that, this film will blow your mind. Hopefully, Hollywood will watch and take a lesson from this film.

The Plot:

I don’t want to tell you anything about this movie or the plot. This is one of those times where you just have to go see the film ASAP. If you ignore my advice, I promise you that you will be hearing it from every person around you whether you want to or not. Am I hyping it up too much? Maybe. I don’t care. It will still rock your world. There are aliens. There are humans. It is not what you think it is. The less you know, the better. You really shouldn’t be reading this at all. You should be ordering your midnight tickets right now. Seriously. Hit command-T right now and start ordering.

The Good:

  • Neill Blomkamp: The visual effects master jumped into the director’s chair and has created something wonderfully fresh in District 9… I hope Hollywood is watching.
  • The Script: Terri Tatchell and Blomkamp’s screenplay is so masterfully crafted, it is hard to point out one thing that makes it remarkable. The characters they create and the journey they take you on will leave you begging for more by the end of the film.
  • The Acting: The lead, played by Sharlto Copley, is an unknown actor who arrives on the scene and takes the film to an entirely new level. I don’t know how any other actor could have done what he did in this film. It seems like I’m cheating on him when I try to imagine another actor in his role. Must… be… loyal…
  • Cinematography: A good portion of the film is shot in a documentary style. But not the annoying kind. The fluid kind that does not take away from the flow of the film. We weave in and out of “doc mode” and “film mode” so seamlessly, it could sneak out and take your car right in front of your eyes.
  • Action/Visual Effects: The film will test your patience. But that makes the nectar all the more tasty when you taste it.

The Bad:

  • Nothing: A bold statement, I know. I have let the film sink in for almost 24 hours, and I am still in awe of it. I honestly cannot think of something that did not work for me. Maybe in a week or so I will change my mind. But as of this writing, I can not find one thing that was bad.


This seems unnecessary at this point, but here I go. This is the best Sci-Fi movie to come out in years. What they have done with $30 million is mind-boggling. I am not missing a zero there. They were able to create what, in my opinion, is the best movie of the year at 1/6 of the price of the crappiest film of the year (Hi, Transformers 2!). Hollywood, please, look at what can be done. Look at the possibilities. We could have six great movies for the price of one.

Tonight at 12:oo a.m. Tomorrow. This weekend. Whenever. Sit in a room full of people and watch this movie with them. Groan and cheer together with strangers. Let this bad boy make a ton of money. Get your feet sticky with spilt Cherry Coke. I’ll probably be the guy next to you who knocked my cup over in excitement.

Rating: 10/10

The film will be in theaters August 13th.

Editors Note: Due to this reviewers request, we will not place the trailer in the post. He is avid that you see the film, NOT the trailer

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