District 9 is probably the greatest film of the year, if not the greatest of the decade. It's very well-written, very good-looking, and very engaging, both for the heart and for the brain. It's also probably the most realistic depiction of a science-fiction world I have ever seen on film, picturing a shiny, high-tech futuristic society just off-camera... with which it doesn't concern itself at all, instead focusing entirely on the filthy slums of South Africa where a destitute minority of space aliens live under the oppressive rule of the human majority and the film's resident mega corp, Multi-National United. Not that they make themselves very endearing. The film leaves relatively little to the imagination when it comes to its world's inner workings. It's blatant in its profanity, unashamed in its brutal violence, and uncomfortable questions are thrust in your face whereas a "softer" science-fiction film would be content to let you ponder them safely after the show is over. This is what makes it so shockingly realistic, and that realism makes it terrifying. Because you know, you know, that in our world, our people would react in a nearly identical manner to such a situation, as long as no outside factors got involved (which they almost certainly would, but that's beside the point). The director, Neill Blomkamp, has stated that a sequel is very likely. This may not be necessary, per se, but given the state in which we leave the film's world and the storu unfolding within it when the closing credits start rolling, I'll be the first to say that a sequel would be very satisfying. Our two protagonists, Wikus van der Merwe and Christopher Johnson, are both fascinatingly human characters (though, technically speaking, the title only applies to the former) whose predicaments are left largely unresolved, and I for one would be very interested to see the aftermath of their actions. All in all, this is one for the books; you just can't miss it. From first frame to last, District 9 is a rush.
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