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Posted on 8/23/09 09:20 PM
This wonderful sci-fi feature would have been the film of the summer if "Inglourious Basterds" had decided to hold off for another few weeks. Regardless, what a wonderful two weekends to nearly finish off the summer season. What truly catapults this film into classic sci-fi territory is the feeling that the film is immediately accessible. This is not a film for "sci-fi geeks" (I admittedly can fall into that grouping from time to time...), but rather has a layers dealing with apartheid, politics, and human compassion. What Neill Blomkamp did with a $30M budget is truly phenomenal. The fact that he made a deeply felt sci-fi blockbuster is even more astounding. The parting shot is one of the most beautiful parts of the film; don't be deterred by the onslaught of "documentary" footage that begins the feature.
That being said, PLEASE don't make a sequel! Hollywood will probably beg for one, but this film should stand alone. Another entry could just spell disaster (hello, Matrix Trilogy), and I'd rather just revel in the beauty of this little gem.