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Doktai
08-15-2009, 02:49 PM
Had to go see it opening night, it just looked so amazing (not just for the violent bits)
Anyone else see it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6PDlMggROA

The trailer makes it look a lot more explodie than it actually is but it's still worth watching.

khrome
08-16-2009, 09:25 PM
It looks like it might have an interesting story, but when I saw the trailer a few months ago I was turned off because it did look too "explodie". :-) Glad to hear it's really not. I will probably check it out in the next couple of weeks.

ukulele2544
08-16-2009, 09:57 PM
No but I saw that trailer.

mwalimu
08-17-2009, 04:03 AM
Good flick! It's not your dad's ET.

AcousticMonster
08-17-2009, 07:28 AM
Good flick! It's not your dad's ET.

So they don't eat Reese's Pieces and build Speak-N-Spell satellite phones? Bah...I think I will pass! :p

benmealer
08-17-2009, 08:22 AM
im on my way to see it in a few. i hope its at least a little explodie.

Melissa82
08-17-2009, 12:14 PM
I saw it today. It was great, a must see!

seeso
08-21-2009, 01:37 PM
Great sci-fi movie. Loved it.

Doktai
08-23-2009, 06:43 PM
I'm glad to see that other people liked it, the trailers and previews really make the movie seem a lot more like an action flick than I found it to be.
Although there are some guns and some blood, it's not so much of a thriller or action movie because of all the underlying interaction between the aliens and the humans.

sukie
08-24-2009, 05:49 AM
Did I go to the same movie? I loved the first half or more. I thought it was quite interesting. But the last part? hmmmmm...went the old shot 'em up "explodie" route. The whole idea was terrific though. I just hate gratuitous violence tho.

Jimmy
08-24-2009, 08:27 AM
Comes out in a couple weeks here. Reckon I'll go see it, I've heard good things about it.

Spooner
08-24-2009, 09:59 PM
I didn't get into this film right off the bat..but as it went along I sure did.

The film was very good...love Peter Jackson.

I must add that I felt like I spent 2 hours in a junkyard. I needed a shower when I got home. :D

Link
08-25-2009, 10:10 PM
I LOVED this movie. Very original. We we're the ones suppressing the alien race, how crazy. Took a while to make you get in to it, like Spooner said. I enjoyed how real it was... The main character was just a regular dude, self centered and motivated by things that would get him what he wanted. Very very cool movie.

hoosierhiver
08-26-2009, 07:39 AM
I'm a sucker for alien movies.

UKISOCIETY
08-26-2009, 07:51 AM
I LOVED this movie. Very original. We we're the ones suppressing the alien race, how crazy.

ummmmmmmmmmmmm....was that a spoiler? :o

benmealer
08-26-2009, 11:37 AM
I think the movie was good. Better than anything that's been out lately, but there were too many things that bothered me. (I'll try not to spoil, if you haven't seen the movie DON'T READ) First of all, I don't buy that we wouldn't have killed almost every one of them with a bomb. I don't buy that people would go door to door to serve eviction notices in such a dangerous place. I think they underestimated peoples ability to hate things different then them. They were worried about alien rights after only 20 years on Earth. Gay people in America still don't have equal rights and they've been around since Straight people. I don't understand why Nigerians were in there. I mean a bunch of aliens with possible viruses that could make people extinct is sort of a big deal and the WHOLE WORLD could pitch in and make a fence that people wouldn't be able to get in and aliens out. Where did the alien weapons come from. The prawns were starving on the spaceship and we brought them off the ship. Why didn't we make sure they didn't have any weapons when we transported them. Maybe I'm being to critical on a fun movie, but when I saw every newspaper giving 5 star reviews I just expected more. I did like how those guns made people explode into a mist of guts. :)

hoosierhiver
08-26-2009, 05:02 PM
I'd like to see more feathered or at least fuzzy aliens. You'd think if they were that advanced, they would loose the creepy look.

benmealer
08-26-2009, 05:45 PM
something cute like this?
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_TCmU_2FOv1E/SfaDh1IkigI/AAAAAAAACRE/-jLUeek7yaY/s1600/Poodle.10.jpg

(its a poodle)

josuegroundhog
08-26-2009, 05:56 PM
I think the movie was good. Better than anything that's been out lately, but there were too many things that bothered me. (I'll try not to spoil, if you haven't seen the movie DON'T READ) First of all, I don't buy that we wouldn't have killed almost every one of them with a bomb. I don't buy that people would go door to door to serve eviction notices in such a dangerous place. I think they underestimated peoples ability to hate things different then them. They were worried about alien rights after only 20 years on Earth. Gay people in America still don't have equal rights and they've been around since Straight people. I don't understand why Nigerians were in there. I mean a bunch of aliens with possible viruses that could make people extinct is sort of a big deal and the WHOLE WORLD could pitch in and make a fence that people wouldn't be able to get in and aliens out. Where did the alien weapons come from. The prawns were starving on the spaceship and we brought them off the ship. Why didn't we make sure they didn't have any weapons when we transported them. Maybe I'm being to critical on a fun movie, but when I saw every newspaper giving 5 star reviews I just expected more. I did like how those guns made people explode into a mist of guts. :)



I just got home from seeing it. I really enjoyed it but I agree with your sentiments.

The eviction thing seemed silly. That small group of people are going door to door for 1.8 million signatures in 24 hours? No way.

Agreed on the weapon thing. That was a big WTF.

Nigerians... I thought the whole "Nigerian scams" thing was a little over the top. Why couldn't they just be local warlords or slum bosses or gangs? Did they really need that label? edit: Just read a little about South Africa. The interviews in the short film were about Nigerians and Zimbabweans. Apparently there is a whole dynamic there that I don't understand.

The switch from documentary to action/adventure flick was a little distracting.

The aliens remind me of Independence Day.

The main character (in the beginning) reminded me of Steve Carrell in the US version of The Office.

I hated the last scene in the movie. They should have left it open ended.


I really liked it though. I'm nitpicking for the enjoyment of complaining.


Here is a link to the original short film. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ1vHRs_EOs)

UkuLeLesReggAe
08-28-2009, 04:47 AM
I want to see this movie, but it's been out for a while and is no longer in my interest. I also heard it wasn't that satisfying, either.

Pueo
08-28-2009, 01:51 PM
My wife and I both *LOVED* District 9. I am a science fiction fan, let's just get that out of the way... I really liked how it started out (OK POSSIBLE SPOILER STOP READING) like a documentary, and you THINK you know where it is going, and then all of a sudden you are totally involved, rooting for people you hated a few minutes ago, and now you are along for the ride. I found it very original and a unique social commentary on our society. We thought it was very well crafted and satisfying in a different way than your typical alien/laser/spaceship gadget flick.

SuperSecretBETA
08-28-2009, 02:24 PM
Some people said there was too much action in the second half, but I think the situations warranted all that action. How can you tone down advanced alien weaponry? Where did the weapons come from? Well, they were smuggled into D-9. I thought that was fairly obvious. I figure all the questions could be answered with a little imagination.

josuegroundhog
08-28-2009, 07:21 PM
My wife and I both *LOVED* District 9. I am a science fiction fan, let's just get that out of the way... I really liked how it started out (OK POSSIBLE SPOILER STOP READING) like a documentary, and you THINK you know where it is going, and then all of a sudden you are totally involved, rooting for people you hated a few minutes ago, and now you are along for the ride. I found it very original and a unique social commentary on our society. We thought it was very well crafted and satisfying in a different way than your typical alien/laser/spaceship gadget flick.

Totally agree. I really appreciated the social commentary and the fact that finally there is significant alien activity somewhere besides the US and occasionally the UK.


Some people said there was too much action in the second half, but I think the situations warranted all that action. How can you tone down advanced alien weaponry? Where did the weapons come from? Well, they were smuggled into D-9. I thought that was fairly obvious. I figure all the questions could be answered with a little imagination.

Sure they were smuggled in. I get that. I'm just questioning how so many get smuggled in from a ship that is being monitored all the time by the military. I don't want to imagine that crooked military officers smuggled them in. I want the movie to explain that crooked military officers smuggled them in. That's my complaint.

khrome
09-01-2009, 10:57 AM
They were worried about alien rights after only 20 years on Earth. Gay people in America still don't have equal rights and they've been around since Straight people.

lol!



We finally saw D9 this weekend. I have to admit, I was impressed with the storyline. I could have done without the shaky-cam. I think shaky-cam is a cop-out for doing good effects. It does not make me feel like "I'm there", like what people that defend shaky-cam say.

Doktai
09-04-2009, 08:02 PM
I have to admit, I was impressed with the storyline. I could have done without the shaky-cam. I think shaky-cam is a cop-out for doing good effects. It does not make me feel like "I'm there", like what people that defend shaky-cam say.

Brilliant point, I totally agree. A lot of shots were very strange to me, especially a lot of the 'camera-on-the-gun' ones. Do you think that the movie would have been better without the shaky-cam?

khrome
09-06-2009, 11:09 AM
Brilliant point, I totally agree. A lot of shots were very strange to me, especially a lot of the 'camera-on-the-gun' ones. Do you think that the movie would have been better without the shaky-cam?

It all depends on if they can pull off the effects with regular-cam (not sure what to call that. :-) ) The movie has the potential to look really bad if they don't do the animation well. Shaky cam allows them to not worry too much about fine details like smoothness/realism of the alien movement (for example, if you ever watch those made-for-SciFi-Channel-movies - their animation can look really hokey.) I think if they did away with shaky-cam and had good effects and animation that is would have been more *enjoyable* for me. It's still a good movie, story-wise, regardless of the cam.

Other people are probably not bothered by it. But I have an artist-brain and inately look for details to focus on, so shaky-cam actually gives me a headache because I can't focus.

shwee
03-13-2010, 08:25 PM
I'm a little late to this thread, but whatev. :) District 9 was definitely one of my favorite movies from last year, and when I heard it was up for an Oscar, I was really happy (even though it didn't win...) I loved that even with all the sci-fi, cool alien weapons and explosions, there was also the social commentary and dynamic characters. I actually cried twice during this film (yeah, I'm not at all ashamed to admit that!).

Manalishi
03-14-2010, 12:07 AM
Superb piece of movie making!!!!! This and the recent 'Moon' show a return to,pardon me,
'Intelligent Science Fiction' films,as opposed to the mindless explodefests like 'Independance
Day' et al! A great film,and bless Peter Jackson for financing it,I can see why;it has the same
cheap/amateurish 'feel' of some of his early works.Which of course,were brilliant anyway!