District 9

District 9 was an uncomfortable experience for a number of reasons. It seemed, um, amateurish – like someone’s first attempt at a feature. And it seemed to be at least three kinds of film: all that shootemup stuff at the end is regrettable. And, re the content, it was discomfiting because the racism was so real: those guys weren’t even trying to act – they were simply living it. And the CGI was clunky (sorry PJ and Weta) – not much of an advance on Ray Harryhausen. Just a dog’s breakfast – and a messy dog at that. The original idea was brilliant, but it was poorly realised.

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, 2009)

Garry Gillard | New: 8 March, 2017 | Now: 8 March, 2017