District 9 Reviews
Owens grade: A+
Not an entirely original plot idea (Alien Nation springs to mind) but certainly more original than most sci-fi. Innovative filming style. Very realistic on the whole. Funny in places but never cheesy.
The visual style of the film seems to be very much inspired by Half-Life 2, which is interesting, because that usually happens the other way round, with films influencing computer games.
Overall I'd thoroughly recommend District 9.
'District 9' is a truly depressing movie. It's so grim, so bleak, and so full of hopelessness that it's sometimes hard to watch. It supports an original premise, sort of, even if it does borrow from other films. I suppose my main issues with the movie are the characters and the unanswered questions. I didn't care about anyone in the movie, including the main character who we're meant to root for, despite the fact we saw him be a total arsehole about 10 minutes prior and also the fact that up until the last 10 minutes, he's in it for himself and himself only. Add that to unanswered conveniences that the movie just expects us to ignore (how do the aliens know how to speak our language, and vice versa? Why did the aliens come here? The list goes on). I'm torn on it, but feel that despite some good moments, the movie ultimately falls short. That being said, I know the movie gets a lot of love, so go check it out for yourselves and form your own opinion.