I wasn't quite sure what to expect from District 9, but for what it was trying to achieve, it's very good. Harsh, grimy, very gross and very disturbing science fiction-as-mockumentary. Also, incredibly violent. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. It's also a very "un-Hollywood" movie. There are no Americans in it and it almost completely lacks "American movie sensibilities". But it's very good.
Judging from District 9 - if Neil Blomkamp and Peter Jackson got to make their Halo movie, it would have been incredibly violent. Maybe if D9 does well, Halo can still happen.
Yeah, I thought it was simultaneously one of the best science fiction movies ever made AND one of the most uncomfortable experiences I have ever had at a theater. It just never gives you that moment to breathe. The combination of the imagery, the behavior of most of the characters, and the shaky camera work left me feeling awful when it was all over.
Two quick corrections to your review, though. The aliens arrived in 1982, not the early 21st century. Also...
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After Wikus acquired the cell phone, he made one call home that they didn't track. They did indeed track the call when his wife called him back later.
I saw this today and was throughly impressed. It sort of came out of nowhere and just blew he majority of the summer blockbusters away! The movie was well-paced, with equal parts of emotion and kick-ass action. Highly recommend this flick!
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I'm kind of late to this, but I just got to see it last night. My wife and I enjoyed it, but afterwards when we were talking about it, there was one thing that bugged both of us. It felt like they couldn't decide what style to make the movie. It started out as a faux-documentary and I thought that was pretty cool. But at some point during eviction day, the camera was still following different characters, but it was obvious that it wasn't part of the documentary. And then later they would cut in with footage from security cameras or the talking head bits like it was a documentary again. I do understand that the movie couldn't have worked as a straight up documentary style, but switching bad and forth was distracting.
It did get billing in the sense that the episode was called, ahem, The One With The Night Court Reunion. That was one of the most inventive episodes of a show I've ever seen, with an Arrested Development-like* affection for TV comedy history.