RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Prisoners, Elysium, Kick-Ass 2, and More

Plus, One Direction, The Lone Ranger, Percy Jackson, some TV, and some smaller releases.

We've got a lot of big wide releases coming on home video this week, starting with a sci-fi film with a message, a child abduction thriller, and a violent comic book sequel. Then we've got the second film in a young adult adaptation franchise, a rock doc, a blockbuster Western, and still more. Lastly, we've also got some notable TV releases to talk about, so read on for the full list:

Prisoners

82%

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has got a firm grip on the thriller genre, evidenced by his previous films Polytechnique and the Oscar-nominated Incendies, and he continues his fine work in Prisoners. Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard star as Keller Dover and Franklin Birch, two old friends whose daughters go missing after their families celebrate Thanksgiving dinner together. Though the local police are quick to jump on the case, Keller is dissatisfied with the slow progress of Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), and desperate to save his girl, Keller employs extreme measures in hopes of finding his daughter himself. Prisoners earned considerable acclaim from critics, who found the story thought provoking if somewhat disturbing and praised Villeneuve's ability to sustain tension. Certified Fresh at 81%, Prisoners is a fairly gripping thriller that's aided by a strong supporting cast that includes Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, and Melissa Leo.

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Elysium

68%

Back in 2009, Neill Blomkamp blew everyone away with what he was able to accomplish with a relatively small budget and a bit of creativity, and the success of District 9 ensured we'd be seeing more of Blomkamp's work. Enter Elysium, Blomkamp's second feature film, and another sci-fi actioner with a message. The year is 2154, and society has been split into the haves, who live lavish lives on an orbiting space station called Elysium, and the have-nots, who toil away on a brutal, overpopulated Earth. When lowly factory worker Max Da Costa (Matt Damon) contracts radiation poisoning, he surreptitiously secures passage to Elysium to receive medical treatment, setting into motion a revolution of the lower classes. Critics weren't as impressed with Elysium as they were with District 9, but they still felt the film was a solid effort from a promising director. At 69% on the Tomatometer, this is a competent combination of action and social commentary that should satisfy most looking in search of a sci-fi fix.

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Kick-Ass 2

29%

2010's Kick-Ass did everything it needed to do to set itself up for a sequel; it covered the origins of its primary heroes, gave them a bad guy to fight, and introduced a new villain in its final moments. Kick-Ass 2, again based on the comic of the same name, unfortunately suffers from the sophomore slump. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz) are attempting to live normal high school lives, after having inspired scores of new masked heroes, while Chris D'Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) fully embraces his new identity as the first supervillain, calling himself The Motherf***er. Obsessed with revenge on Kick-Ass, The Motherf***er assembles a crew of ruthless killers, forcing Kick-Ass to join up with other heroes to take him down. Kick-Ass 2 comes in at 29% on the Tomatometer, with critics unconvinced by its attempts to mimic the formula that made its predecessor a hit. There is a certain balance to be struck between graphic violence and ironic humor, and this film largely fails to achieve it.

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The Lone Ranger

30%

Gore Verbinski and his Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp reunited yet again for what essentially amounted to a superhero origin story set in the Wild West; unfortunately, The Lone Ranger far fell short of POTC or Rango. Armie Hammer is John Reid, a Texas lawyer-turned-lawman who's gunned down with his brother by a ruthless bandit. When Reid is awakened by rogue Comanche Tonto (Depp), he dons a mask and sets out to exact justice. Critics conceded that both Hammer and Depp are as likable as ever, but they're trapped in a bland story that's often overwhelmed by stale, bombastic action sequences. At 31% on the Tomatometer, The Lone Ranger wastes its talented cast -- which includes Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, an Helena Bonham Carter -- on a mediocre actioner that certainly could have been a lot better.

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One Direction: This Is Us

62%

We've already seen relatively well-received docs on the likes of Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, so why not One Direction, the immensely popular UK boy band who first rose to fame on the reality talent program The X-Factor? One Direction: This Is Us is a glimpse into the lives of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, and the rest of the group, beginning before they appeared on The X-Factor and including live performance footage from London's O2 Arena. Naturally, the film will appeal mostly to existing fans, but critics say it's not a bad rock doc in general, thanks to director Morgan Spurlock's (Super Size Me) experienced hand. Feel free to skip it if you're not into their music, but if you happen to come across it playing on cable or something, you could probably do worse.

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

41%

The young adult novel-based 2010 film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief didn't exactly set the world on fire, but it did make over $200 million, so why not keep going, right? If you're looking for something original, though, you may want to look elsewhere. Logan Lerman reprises his role as the titular half-breed, the son of Poseidon and a human mother, who finds himself thrust into the world of Greek demigods once again when their training camp's protective barrier is corrupted and they come under attack. Percy learns he is part of a prophecy that states only he has the power to save Olympus, and he sets out on a quest to fulfill his destiny. Despite the addition of names like Nathan Fillion and Stanley Tucci, Sea of Monsters underwhelmed critics more than its predecessor, earning a mere 39% on the Tomatometer. The material here is all too reminiscent of previous -- and far better -- YA adaptations, so don't expect to be surprised by anything if you're outside the film's tween demographic.

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints

79%

You definitely can't say that Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck don't choose interesting material. Mara is next scheduled to appear in Spike Jonze's Her, and she starred earlier this year in Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, while Affleck is just coming off last week's Out of the Furnace. In Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Affleck and Mara play opposite each other as a criminal couple Bob and Ruth, respectively, who are split apart when Bob is sent to jail for a shooting committed by Ruth. Unable to bear the separation, Bob breaks out and makes his way back to reunite with Ruth and the daughter he has yet to meet. This is director David Lowery's debut feature, and critics say it's a strong, visually poetic effort that owes a great debt to Hollywood films of the 1970s. Certified Fresh at 81%, it's a somewhat familiar romantic crime drama that's made better by strong performances and a confident director.

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Also available this week:

  • Museum Hours (93%), a drama that chronicles the strong connection between a museum guard and a visitor in Vienna.
  • Cuban import Una Noche (81%), about a man braving the ocean to flee to Miami after he's accused of assault.
  • Renny Harlin's Devil's Pass (53%), a found footage horror film about a group of American students who travel to Russia to investigate the eerie true story of the the Dyatlov Pass Incident.
  • Luc Besson's The Family (29%), starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in an action-comedy about a mafia boss who's relocated to France via the Witness Protection Program.
  • Season 4 of Justified (100%).
  • Season 3 of Showtime's Shameless (100%).
  • Season 7 of Burn Notice (71%).
  • And a special release of Psych: The Musical, which was the 15th episode of season 7.

Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Prisoners and Ain't Them Bodies Saints are the prime picks.

Dec 16 - 05:22 PM

Sammy Sosa

Sammy Sosa

Prisoners was good. I actually enjoyed the lone ranger also.

Dec 16 - 05:37 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I agree with the ratings of ELYSIUM (please, try not to compare it directly to DISTRICT 9 or you won't enjoy it), THE LONE RANGER (they didn't mention the over-long running time and Depp's bad performance, however, the train scene at the beginning is one of my favorite action sequences of this year) and SEA OF MONSTERS (it's not that it isn't original; it's episodic and boring and has a lame final battle). But I disagree with the rating of KICK-ASS 2. Of course that it's not as good as the 1st one (it could never be because the 1st one was a hit for being something new and fresh), but I still found it entertaining.

I do like a couple of One Direction songs, but I also liked a couple of Jonas Brothers songs, and I didn't like their concert movie. So instead of THIS IS US, I'm going with PRISONERS. Without details or spoilers, should I expect a twist ending like INCENDIES?

Dec 16 - 05:22 PM

Vincent

Jeff Longhairblum

District 9 sucked.

Dec 16 - 06:01 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Cool story, bro.

Dec 16 - 06:02 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Amen to that. I cannot understand how D9 is so well regarded. It was really really bad. Made no sense watsohever.

Dec 17 - 05:41 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

They had South African Accents, try watching again.

Dec 17 - 09:52 AM

Dave J

Dave J

"District 9" is intended for much more sophisicated viewers because of their acknowlegement about segretation, and fans of the "Halo" video game! so of course, they're people who are not going to like "District 9"!

Dec 17 - 12:08 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

I was aware of the segregation/Apartheid aspect of the movie even before I watched it. Which is why the movie stroke me as particularly poor. The supossed social commentary the movie attemps to convey is rendered irrelevant and innefective considering the ridiculous amount of over the top action and less than poor character development. The movie is an absolute mess.

Dec 19 - 03:10 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Dave J There was nothing sophisticated about Discrit 9. Loud, dumb and poorly scripted - it's closer to Halo than anything. Take 2001 - A Space Odissey, Blade Runner, Solaris and more recently, Gravity. Now compare them to District 9. Does the latter still strike you as sophisticated?

Dec 19 - 03:28 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

you thought the simple story of gravity was sophisticated ?

Dec 19 - 11:54 AM

Dave J

Dave J

First of all, I wouldn't compare "District 9" to "2001: A...", "Blade Runner" and "Solaris" even "Gravity" which is much similar to Apollo 13, and "Marooned" btw since the intentions are obvious, as well as to point out that none of the examples you had mentioned even possess to have aliens in them!

Second, they're many other subtle aspects of "District 9" that you chose to ignore besides already knowing that it consists some segregation themes, such as gov't paid scientists exploiting the situation- the fact that the aliens weapons was much more superior than any gun any human had ever had on earth, as well as the aliens being much more advanced in terms of technology! The fact that they're some groups, radicals as well as some gov't agency's who don't want the aliens to leave solely for because they know that the aliens are not going to retaliate- this can also echo what happened in WWII when other countries didn't retaliate against the Nazis, and when the English invaded Scotland and so forth...I believe it was the US who physically was able to retaliate against the British! Remember Paul Revere's famous chant 'The British are coming... the British are coming...'

The fact that they were able to take more abuse and be treated less than human- perhaps mocked and taunted, and still be able to be much more civilize and unthreatening! The fact that out of many alien invasion movies, this was probably the first one which the invasion was "already" a peaceful one than it being destructive we've often seen so many times in such movies as "War Of The Worlds", "Independence Day", "Mars Attack" and many others! Saying that this movie sympathizes with aliens head-on rather than portray them stereotypically as we are accustomed to always seeing them!

Hey, it's not my fault that you were only able to dwell more on it's violence which is much more direct and in-your-face than the subtle movies such as "E.T." and "Close Encounters" which the sympathetic aliens in those movies were very gradual!

And I can bet you anything that they're probably much more subliminal messages I can jot down except that I don't really have the time! If you perceive "District 9" as being very loud then you should be able to look at those "Star Wars/ super hero" movies as being the exact same thing with the only difference is that "D9" actually showed blood as opposed to others who avoid it(not knocking any of those other movies btw)!

Dec 19 - 01:02 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Bradley Martin and Dave J The story of Gravity is far from sophisticated, just a very basic survival story but it's direction work is sophysticated. D9 fails to deliver in the directorial department as well and it's about as subtle as a wrecking ball. The camera work switched from hand-held to steady cam indiscriminadly without any logic behind it. At the beginning of the movie the hand held made a certain sense but as the movie progressed, they switched from one to the other acording to the Directors whim without any kind of inherent logic. As far as I'm concerned, D9 failed to properly convey it's message of segregation and apartheid analogy because it decided to dumb itself down in the most ridiculously unbelievable fashion imaginable. The movie's themes far exceed the director's grasp. It looks and feels as shalow as a modern videogame and for every good idea the movie presented there were tons others that turned it into a shallow mindless spectacle.

Dec 20 - 03:21 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Forgot to mention the fact that my comparision between D9 and other scyfy movies was derived solely from someone suggesting that D9 was aimed at more "sophisticated viewers", which I though to be debatable considering the fact that the movie is not sophisticated in the slightest. My aim was to underline it's lack of sophistication by comparing it to movies who are indeed so. I am aware that the movies in question aim for different kinds of scyfy.

Dec 20 - 04:37 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I'll be sure to Bring my 3-D Monocole to Gravity then. Tut Tut all the Peon's who are enjoying it but REALLY just don't get it!

Dec 20 - 10:41 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

IN all Seriousness though Hugo, I am kind of surprised more people didn't like Solaris. Lingering Shots can be boring but it never lingered on anything with out a sense of remarkable beauty to it. Why did that bomb? I loved that film Damn it!

Dec 20 - 10:53 AM

Dave J

Dave J

You mean that you don't like "District 9" because part of the reason is because you're bi-polar!

Dec 17 - 12:40 PM

Sammy Sosa

Sammy Sosa

Prisoners was good. I actually enjoyed the lone ranger also.

Dec 16 - 05:37 PM

Vincent

Jeff Longhairblum

District 9 sucked.

Dec 16 - 06:01 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Cool story, bro.

Dec 16 - 06:02 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Amen to that. I cannot understand how D9 is so well regarded. It was really really bad. Made no sense watsohever.

Dec 17 - 05:41 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

They had South African Accents, try watching again.

Dec 17 - 09:52 AM

Dave J

Dave J

"District 9" is intended for much more sophisicated viewers because of their acknowlegement about segretation, and fans of the "Halo" video game! so of course, they're people who are not going to like "District 9"!

Dec 17 - 12:08 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

I was aware of the segregation/Apartheid aspect of the movie even before I watched it. Which is why the movie stroke me as particularly poor. The supossed social commentary the movie attemps to convey is rendered irrelevant and innefective considering the ridiculous amount of over the top action and less than poor character development. The movie is an absolute mess.

Dec 19 - 03:10 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Dave J There was nothing sophisticated about Discrit 9. Loud, dumb and poorly scripted - it's closer to Halo than anything. Take 2001 - A Space Odissey, Blade Runner, Solaris and more recently, Gravity. Now compare them to District 9. Does the latter still strike you as sophisticated?

Dec 19 - 03:28 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

you thought the simple story of gravity was sophisticated ?

Dec 19 - 11:54 AM

Dave J

Dave J

First of all, I wouldn't compare "District 9" to "2001: A...", "Blade Runner" and "Solaris" even "Gravity" which is much similar to Apollo 13, and "Marooned" btw since the intentions are obvious, as well as to point out that none of the examples you had mentioned even possess to have aliens in them!

Second, they're many other subtle aspects of "District 9" that you chose to ignore besides already knowing that it consists some segregation themes, such as gov't paid scientists exploiting the situation- the fact that the aliens weapons was much more superior than any gun any human had ever had on earth, as well as the aliens being much more advanced in terms of technology! The fact that they're some groups, radicals as well as some gov't agency's who don't want the aliens to leave solely for because they know that the aliens are not going to retaliate- this can also echo what happened in WWII when other countries didn't retaliate against the Nazis, and when the English invaded Scotland and so forth...I believe it was the US who physically was able to retaliate against the British! Remember Paul Revere's famous chant 'The British are coming... the British are coming...'

The fact that they were able to take more abuse and be treated less than human- perhaps mocked and taunted, and still be able to be much more civilize and unthreatening! The fact that out of many alien invasion movies, this was probably the first one which the invasion was "already" a peaceful one than it being destructive we've often seen so many times in such movies as "War Of The Worlds", "Independence Day", "Mars Attack" and many others! Saying that this movie sympathizes with aliens head-on rather than portray them stereotypically as we are accustomed to always seeing them!

Hey, it's not my fault that you were only able to dwell more on it's violence which is much more direct and in-your-face than the subtle movies such as "E.T." and "Close Encounters" which the sympathetic aliens in those movies were very gradual!

And I can bet you anything that they're probably much more subliminal messages I can jot down except that I don't really have the time! If you perceive "District 9" as being very loud then you should be able to look at those "Star Wars/ super hero" movies as being the exact same thing with the only difference is that "D9" actually showed blood as opposed to others who avoid it(not knocking any of those other movies btw)!

Dec 19 - 01:02 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Bradley Martin and Dave J The story of Gravity is far from sophisticated, just a very basic survival story but it's direction work is sophysticated. D9 fails to deliver in the directorial department as well and it's about as subtle as a wrecking ball. The camera work switched from hand-held to steady cam indiscriminadly without any logic behind it. At the beginning of the movie the hand held made a certain sense but as the movie progressed, they switched from one to the other acording to the Directors whim without any kind of inherent logic. As far as I'm concerned, D9 failed to properly convey it's message of segregation and apartheid analogy because it decided to dumb itself down in the most ridiculously unbelievable fashion imaginable. The movie's themes far exceed the director's grasp. It looks and feels as shalow as a modern videogame and for every good idea the movie presented there were tons others that turned it into a shallow mindless spectacle.

Dec 20 - 03:21 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Forgot to mention the fact that my comparision between D9 and other scyfy movies was derived solely from someone suggesting that D9 was aimed at more "sophisticated viewers", which I though to be debatable considering the fact that the movie is not sophisticated in the slightest. My aim was to underline it's lack of sophistication by comparing it to movies who are indeed so. I am aware that the movies in question aim for different kinds of scyfy.

Dec 20 - 04:37 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I'll be sure to Bring my 3-D Monocole to Gravity then. Tut Tut all the Peon's who are enjoying it but REALLY just don't get it!

Dec 20 - 10:41 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

IN all Seriousness though Hugo, I am kind of surprised more people didn't like Solaris. Lingering Shots can be boring but it never lingered on anything with out a sense of remarkable beauty to it. Why did that bomb? I loved that film Damn it!

Dec 20 - 10:53 AM

Dave J

Dave J

You mean that you don't like "District 9" because part of the reason is because you're bi-polar!

Dec 17 - 12:40 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Cool story, bro.

Dec 16 - 06:02 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

"Prisoners": Checking this one out sometime soon; I'll have to be mentally prepared for it, but I've heard quite a few good things.

"Elysium": I'll give it a watch sometime, it looks interesting.

"Kick-Ass 2": Ehhh, first movie was fun, judging from that rating I can probably pass on this.

"The Lone Ranger": Two and a half hours of my life I'll never get back; boring and often just stupid. Not touching it.

"One Direction: Made-Too-Soon Concert Flick": ... No.

"Percy Jackson: Sea of Whatever": First film was "ehhh-kay", definitely don't need to see the second one.

"Ain't Them Bodies Saints": I might consider watching it...

Dec 16 - 06:14 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

So much to watch or avoid this week.

Dec 16 - 06:35 PM

William Ackerman

William Ackerman

I don't understand why everyone hated The Lone Ranger. I thought it was a good entertaining film.

Dec 16 - 06:49 PM

Kyle Bailey

Kyle Bailey

Prisoners is the 2nd best movie of the year (Right behind Gravity) and definitely worth your time. The Lone Ranger isnt as bad as people make it to be its a fun Western. Sea of Monsters was also a fun movie for fans of the first. Kick Ass 2 was the disappointment. I loved the original but this one was a little too over the top and Jim Carrey was underused tremendously

Dec 16 - 07:24 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Your the Second Person to say Prisoners is absolutely Amazing and best film worthy followed by "Lone Ranger isn't that Bad". Whats up with that? Is there a pattern here?

Dec 17 - 09:57 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Prisioners is superbly directed, acted and photographed (by the unsung hero of most of your favorite movies Roger Deakins) and it's good despite it's plot being more riddled with holes than a swiss cheese. Also, Loki is probably one of the most incompetent detectives ever to work on a police corp. How he has allways cracked every case he was assigned to is beyond me. Must have been lucky enougth to have caught the crimminals with their pants down. Aint Them Bodies Saints is the only other unmissible release mentioned here. Probably going to skip on Elysiuma, as I found disctrict 9 to be completly inept.

Dec 17 - 05:39 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Amen to that. I cannot understand how D9 is so well regarded. It was really really bad. Made no sense watsohever.

Dec 17 - 05:41 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

They had South African Accents, try watching again.

Dec 17 - 09:52 AM

Dave J

Dave J

"District 9" is intended for much more sophisicated viewers because of their acknowlegement about segretation, and fans of the "Halo" video game! so of course, they're people who are not going to like "District 9"!

Dec 17 - 12:08 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

I was aware of the segregation/Apartheid aspect of the movie even before I watched it. Which is why the movie stroke me as particularly poor. The supossed social commentary the movie attemps to convey is rendered irrelevant and innefective considering the ridiculous amount of over the top action and less than poor character development. The movie is an absolute mess.

Dec 19 - 03:10 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Dave J There was nothing sophisticated about Discrit 9. Loud, dumb and poorly scripted - it's closer to Halo than anything. Take 2001 - A Space Odissey, Blade Runner, Solaris and more recently, Gravity. Now compare them to District 9. Does the latter still strike you as sophisticated?

Dec 19 - 03:28 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

you thought the simple story of gravity was sophisticated ?

Dec 19 - 11:54 AM

Dave J

Dave J

First of all, I wouldn't compare "District 9" to "2001: A...", "Blade Runner" and "Solaris" even "Gravity" which is much similar to Apollo 13, and "Marooned" btw since the intentions are obvious, as well as to point out that none of the examples you had mentioned even possess to have aliens in them!

Second, they're many other subtle aspects of "District 9" that you chose to ignore besides already knowing that it consists some segregation themes, such as gov't paid scientists exploiting the situation- the fact that the aliens weapons was much more superior than any gun any human had ever had on earth, as well as the aliens being much more advanced in terms of technology! The fact that they're some groups, radicals as well as some gov't agency's who don't want the aliens to leave solely for because they know that the aliens are not going to retaliate- this can also echo what happened in WWII when other countries didn't retaliate against the Nazis, and when the English invaded Scotland and so forth...I believe it was the US who physically was able to retaliate against the British! Remember Paul Revere's famous chant 'The British are coming... the British are coming...'

The fact that they were able to take more abuse and be treated less than human- perhaps mocked and taunted, and still be able to be much more civilize and unthreatening! The fact that out of many alien invasion movies, this was probably the first one which the invasion was "already" a peaceful one than it being destructive we've often seen so many times in such movies as "War Of The Worlds", "Independence Day", "Mars Attack" and many others! Saying that this movie sympathizes with aliens head-on rather than portray them stereotypically as we are accustomed to always seeing them!

Hey, it's not my fault that you were only able to dwell more on it's violence which is much more direct and in-your-face than the subtle movies such as "E.T." and "Close Encounters" which the sympathetic aliens in those movies were very gradual!

And I can bet you anything that they're probably much more subliminal messages I can jot down except that I don't really have the time! If you perceive "District 9" as being very loud then you should be able to look at those "Star Wars/ super hero" movies as being the exact same thing with the only difference is that "D9" actually showed blood as opposed to others who avoid it(not knocking any of those other movies btw)!

Dec 19 - 01:02 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Bradley Martin and Dave J The story of Gravity is far from sophisticated, just a very basic survival story but it's direction work is sophysticated. D9 fails to deliver in the directorial department as well and it's about as subtle as a wrecking ball. The camera work switched from hand-held to steady cam indiscriminadly without any logic behind it. At the beginning of the movie the hand held made a certain sense but as the movie progressed, they switched from one to the other acording to the Directors whim without any kind of inherent logic. As far as I'm concerned, D9 failed to properly convey it's message of segregation and apartheid analogy because it decided to dumb itself down in the most ridiculously unbelievable fashion imaginable. The movie's themes far exceed the director's grasp. It looks and feels as shalow as a modern videogame and for every good idea the movie presented there were tons others that turned it into a shallow mindless spectacle.

Dec 20 - 03:21 AM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Forgot to mention the fact that my comparision between D9 and other scyfy movies was derived solely from someone suggesting that D9 was aimed at more "sophisticated viewers", which I though to be debatable considering the fact that the movie is not sophisticated in the slightest. My aim was to underline it's lack of sophistication by comparing it to movies who are indeed so. I am aware that the movies in question aim for different kinds of scyfy.

Dec 20 - 04:37 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I'll be sure to Bring my 3-D Monocole to Gravity then. Tut Tut all the Peon's who are enjoying it but REALLY just don't get it!

Dec 20 - 10:41 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

IN all Seriousness though Hugo, I am kind of surprised more people didn't like Solaris. Lingering Shots can be boring but it never lingered on anything with out a sense of remarkable beauty to it. Why did that bomb? I loved that film Damn it!

Dec 20 - 10:53 AM

Mahesh Reddy

Mahesh Reddy

Eagerly waiting for Prisoners.

Dec 17 - 09:46 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

They had South African Accents, try watching again.

Dec 17 - 09:52 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Prisoners, Elysium, and Aint them Body Saints Hooray! Although I have heard Aint Them Bodies saints is just a waters down Bonnie and Clyde or Natural Born Killers. Curious as to see how you water that down?

Kick Ass 2..Meh. I really liked the first 2 acts of Kick Ass but once it stops parodying Super Hero stuff and becomes the Joke it's criticizing I lost interest and I heard part 2 is the complete Joke.

Dec 17 - 09:55 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Your the Second Person to say Prisoners is absolutely Amazing and best film worthy followed by "Lone Ranger isn't that Bad". Whats up with that? Is there a pattern here?

Dec 17 - 09:57 AM

Dave J

Dave J

"District 9" is intended for much more sophisicated viewers because of their acknowlegement about segretation, and fans of the "Halo" video game! so of course, they're people who are not going to like "District 9"!

Dec 17 - 12:08 PM

Dave J

Dave J

You mean that you don't like "District 9" because part of the reason is because you're bi-polar!

Dec 17 - 12:40 PM

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