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Old 12-28-09, 11:35 AM
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Re: District 9 (Blomkamp, 2009) Ex-Halo director fleshes out "Alive in Joburg"

Blind buy for me and I thought it was a fantastic film!

The effects, story and action were all top-notch.

Definitely hoping for a sequel.

Watch out for the Blu-Ray/DVD tv spot. Damn thing pretty much spoils the film.
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just watched this
at one point I felt like I was watching GWAR meets the Tom Green show meets The Fly .....

then it got better....

then the Transformers came on screen

it had some decent moments but nothing I would ever be compelled to revisit
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So does every Robot ever = Transformer now or something?


Because the mech in D9 didn't resemble a Transformer in any shape, way or form...
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So does every Robot ever = Transformer now or something?


Because the mech in D9 didn't resemble a Transformer in any shape, way or form...
Agreed - I didn't get a tranformers vibe at all.
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I can definitely say right away that film was easy for me to get into from the beginning because of what was shown in the first half hour.....meaning if you can get into the mindset of the aliens already being around for 20 or so years and catch why they are unable to leave, and that they do not have "super human strength" by default......maybe that's why I liked it so much and was willing to overlook any possible shortcomings.....we'll see.
Weren't they far stronger then humans? I remember an arm being ripped off entirely after an alien kick.

As for the suit at the end, it reminded me more of some Japanese anime. Or maybe the exo-suit from the Transformers Animated movie. Heh.
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Yeah, I didn't get a Transformers vibe at all. I will admit...I do believe that the movement of the suit is more inspired by Japanese anime mecha/exo-suits.
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...it had some decent moments but nothing I would ever be compelled to revisit
My thoughts also. This was a $1 Redbox rental for me, I'm glad I didn't buy it.
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Watched this as a rental off Netflix. Thought it was a pretty decent sci-fi fantasy.

For a relatively low budget movie shot guerillia style with an entirely no-name cast, I thought the creative team behind this film pulled it off well. I liked the design of the Prawns. Thought they were actually kinda creepy looking in certain instances. I also liked the character of Wikus. It was cool to have a somewhat offbeat lead character. The special effects were pretty solid too and I thought the mother ship looked fantastic.

But overall, I don't think this movie has really any replay value for me. The story was developed really slow and I wasn't really crazy either about the documentary-style filmmaking for the 1st half of the movie and in bits throughout the film. Honestly, the trailer for the movie annoyed the crap out of me during the summer and I was really never sold on it. But, I am glad that I rented it on Blu-Ray, because it looked and sounded great.
i read somewhere that at least in our scientific opinion any civilization that has advanced technology needs to look somewhat like humans and have hands like us in order to manipulate objects

never figured out why hollywood keeps feeding us the advanced aliens look like bugs
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Re: District 9 (Blomkamp, 2009) Ex-Halo director fleshes out "Alive in Joburg"

Anyone who got a copy that didn't like it can send it to me.
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Pure garbage.

Battlefield Earth and Mars Attacks were better.
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Pure garbage.

Battlefield Earth and Mars Attacks were better.
Whatever Travolta!

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Weren't they far stronger then humans? I remember an arm being ripped off entirely after an alien kick.

As for the suit at the end, it reminded me more of some Japanese anime. Or maybe the exo-suit from the Transformers Animated movie. Heh.
Not sure if I caught that arm thing but they were stronger - they just didn't dominate from the beginning and I dug that.

I like how the suit at the end took on the characteristics of the person in it - that was a nice touch.
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Just watched this movie tonight on Blu-ray. Fantastic film. I about jumped out of my seat when Wikus lit off that alien weapon for the first time, very cool scene. Neil talks about a second movie in the bonus features. Hopefully we won't have to wait to long.
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Neil talks about a second movie in the bonus features. Hopefully we won't have to wait to long.
I beleive that he wanted to do another movie before returning to the District 9 universe. I too hope for a sequel but I would like to see Neill make another film first, just to confirm that he is not a one hit wonder.
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Yeah, I'd like to see what else he can do.
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Watched this a few nights ago -- W-O-W!

Yes, it did get a little cliche in some places; but to accomplish this movie for a fraction of the cost of other "bigger" movies makes it that much more impressive. I don't think that there was a single spot where the visual effects faltered.

Most of the story "problems" that I saw pointed out were explained or could be ... except I do have one (and maybe I'm simply remembering wrong) -- early in the film I thought that they said there were about 1.8 million aliens, but then at the end they stated that 2.5 million aliens were relocated. Am I simply mis-remembering this?
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It was the amount of prawn that are currently at District 10....and that it was growing.
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Ok so I gave it a re-watch and I like it even more.

I'm sorry but the looks on the faces of the prawns before some of them get executed and how hopeless they come off really, really gets to me.

Another scene that hits me hard is when the main alien is explaining to his son that they can no longer go home but will be given a nice tent to live in instead while you know the whole time it will be even worse living conditions.

And the film just breezes by for me as well - very tight, well made movie.

Fumanstan - yes, I see what you mean now by their strength - I guess I overlooked all of that originally but without their weapons....they can only do so much I guess.

As much as I like it and as observant as I am to other peoples opinions; I still can't see how anyone who doesn't like it can say it's a terrible movie.
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Fumanstan - yes, I see what you mean now by their strength - I guess I overlooked all of that originally but without their weapons....they can only do so much I guess.

As much as I like it and as observant as I am to other peoples opinions; I still can't see how anyone who doesn't like it can say it's a terrible movie.
Oh definitely, I know what you mean about their strength as even with it, they're still at the mercy of humans with their standard guns.

As someone that thinks its a terrible movie, I guess it really depends on how much you buy into the situation from the start. Since I hated how it flipped between the documentary style and out of it, as well as didn't believe the relationship between the humans/aliens, I pretty much went the whole film thinking the premise was kind of silly.
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Just watched this for the first time. It was amazing. I liked it so much more than Avatar. Probably the best blind buy ever for me.
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It was the amount of prawn that are currently at District 10....and that it was growing.
From 1.8 million to 2.5 million in less than a week? (I've only watched it once so far, but I'm pretty sure the whole movie happened within a week.)
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Wikus' story and from when the people talking about the event take place isn't within a week. Not sure how long but it wasn't a week.
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After rewatching this, I felt this was more of a Verhoeven-ish kind of sci-fi flick. Over the top gore and pretty exploitive.

Wasnt surprised to hear the director is a huge fan in an interview after rewatching.
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Didn't see it in theaters. Watched the Blu-Ray. Loved it.
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Wikus' story and from when the people talking about the event take place isn't within a week. Not sure how long but it wasn't a week.
D'oh! My mind was simply stopping the timeline at the end of the action. We know it was less than 3 years (Christopher had not returned) ...

Still, I would think it would take a considerable amount of time for a population to increase by almost 40% (granted we do not know the timeline of the Prawns' reproductive cycle -- again, doubtful that it is fast since the eggs are hooked up to decaying carcasses for sustenance).

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