District 9 – The Review


Sometime last year I picked up District 9 in Tesco with the sole intention of watching what had been described as ‘a good film’. The DVD went in the DVD box and has not seen the light of day until now. I kept putting it off with reasons like, it’s too long to be watching at one in the morning or I want to watch something I don’t have to think about. But now I have finally seen District 9 and I was shocked at how well it was made.

An alien spaceship parks itself right over Johannesburg and it’s not going anywhere fast. It’s alien inhabitants, unable to leave Earth, are left in the slums known as District 9 and are known then on as Prawns for their prawn-like appearance. The story follows a man who, twenty years later, is chosen to lead a movement project in which the Prawns will be moved into a new district far away from Johannesburg.

The film starts out as a documentary on the move with camera crews following the main character around and interviewing his friends, family and co-workers. You then start to get the feeling that something is amiss. Are these people talking about the movement project or are they talking about something else?

Then bang, you’re hooked and you just can’t get out. From start to finish this film was a rollercoaster ride as the main character tries to help the Prawns whilst being hunted down by his own people. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll say no more other than the acting is fantastic and whoever CGIed those Prawns did a fantastic job in capturing their emotion.

So go out, get it and give it a watch. You won’t be disappointed. This film scores a whopping 10/10, that’s going to be hard to match. Tune in next time for another film through the eyes of Jess.

~ by Jess Wiles on February 7, 2011.

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