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Blomkamp is good at mustering speedy action and posting grisly sight gags in the background, carnage always hovering comically at the edge of your vision. But I'm not sure that District 9 entirely gets the earthling racism out of its own system.
A gritty science-fiction film that features a population of humanoid crustacean-alien creatures [that] is far more grounded in reality than any of the current rom-coms currently unspooling in your neighbourhood multiplex.
In using recent political history as the subtext for his story, Blomkamp is following in a long science-fiction tradition: illustrating mankind's persistent stupidity, even after we have supposed learned lessons.
Good science fiction is always about marrying entertainment with something deeper. District 9's shrewdly constructed story manages to be both plausible and out of this world, with lots of detail and subtle innovative quirks.
First-time director Neil Blomkamp smashes onto the filmmaking scene with his sharply original debut movie, delivering a fast-paced thriller packed full of gags and guts in the manner of his mentor, producer Peter Jackson.
It's too uneven and juvenile to deliver on its ambitions, and could easily be 20 minutes shorter (a dozen fewer shots of CGI goo hitting the lens would have sufficed), but it's ultimately too blazingly unique to not recommend.