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Massawyrm calls DISTRICT 9 a science fiction hand grenade ready to blow your mind

Published at: July 31, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST by merrick

Hola all. Massawyrm here. Normally, when I review a film of this magnitude, I begin with the phrase “Ho. Ly. Shit,” or some facsimile thereof. Then I go on to talk about how you are not somehow in some way ready or prepared for this movie and then, once you are properly braced for the review, I commence with the hyperbole. Asses. Back of seats. That sort of thing. And while DISTRICT 9 is playing in the same ballpark as those sorts of films, it’s not one to be celebrated with hoots and hollers and high fives. It’s smarter than that. WAY fucking smarter than that. DISTRICT 9 is a landmark film that will heretofore be spoken of alongside such films as ALIENS, THE THING and 2001. What you have seen thus far has not entirely prepared you for it, as it has been a bit deceptive – both in its favor and against. You see, this is not another Mockumentary. This isn’t Cloverfield. It opens that way, sure, with the first 15 minutes or so being told in that format. But as the story progresses, we begin having moments that clearly aren’t “filmed” – moments that are really happening within the framework of a story. Slowly, the film transitions from documentary style into a full blown science fiction film, abandoning the interviews and explanatory exposition for gunfights, chases and things the documentary never would have been allowed to show you. And all of that is the stuff you’re ready for. What you are decidedly not ready for is just how fucking hardcore this movie is. First of all, it is gory. Not bloody. Gory. Alien weaponry doesn’t play around. They have lightning guns that make people fucking explode. Blood, guts and viscous fluids burst and rain down time and again, occasionally showering the lens with unidentifiable goo. Is that plasma or liquefied liver? You’ll have no idea. But the gore isn’t what’s going to get you. You can be sufficiently prepared for that. What’s going to really get people - what is positively going to melt brains - is the sheer volume of unvarnished social commentary this film brings to bear. It is not a particularly kind film – neither to South Africa nor us humans in general. There are times in this film that you not only feel for the aliens, but that you actively root for them. It is a film that changes perspective on the situation time and again, constantly exposing the terrible ugliness of the human species. Including that of our hero. The first 1/3rd or so of the film is spent pretty much hating him. He’s a weasely little prick who you just can’t wait to see get his comeuppance, and once he does, the tone of the film and his character shifts in such a manner that it changes the very nature of what you are watching. But before that, he does some things that are both despicable and somehow understandable. He’s very human, desperately flawed, and ultimately fascinating. One of the things producer Peter Jackson mentioned in his recent interview with Capone was that “…it only cost $30 million; I don't know if $30 million is big or small--but compared to other films, it gives you a degree of freedom. And I kept saying to Neill, "It's never going to get as good as this, so enjoy it." And also the other thing I was trying to encourage him to do was be bold and crazy and just go for it. But he didn't need much encouragement, because he's an absolute sci-fi geek;” Jackson isn’t kidding. The lack of studio intervention here is plain as day. No standard studio film would go as far as this goes nor do the things this film does to its characters. You have never seen a film like it before. You’ve nothing to compare it to. Nothing but other films that have no compare – like ALIENS, THE THING and 2001. This film is SMART. Incredibly smart. There’s so much going on at all times, so much to process, and so many well constructed little set pieces in the background that everyone walks out having focused on a few particular aspects – and the after film discussion as a result is riveting. DISTRICT 9 is a film that begs to be discussed. Sure people will toss out “wow”s and “fucking awesome”s riddled with the occasional “how great were those special effects”, but that’s all before they begin grilling one another on what they thought about the aliens, the ending, the way the government reacted, the socio-political commentary, the small touches, the death scenes…hell, the brutality. This film is unflinching. It is harsh. And it’s going to send people in the lobby a little shell shocked and dying to talk about it. This is the very type of sci-fi we’re always begging for; the type that imagines a completely different world than we’ve ever experienced. Despite comparisons, it is not V, and it is definitely not ALIEN NATION. The effects are incredible, even before you realize how little was spent on the film, and the impact is undeniable. This movie is a clenched fist ready to beat your psyche to a pulp, leaving you a bit punch drunk as you stagger out into the lobby to try and process it all. There’s so much (satisfyingly) unanswered that you’ll spend days sifting through what ifs and writing your answers to questions the film doesn’t feel needs to be answered. At least not yet. And you’ll want to see a sequel. I’m not certain one is necessarily warranted – but you’ll want to see one regardless. This film isn’t simply recommended – it is required viewing that will in short order become part of the geek canon. Ready yourselves to swallow this summer’s science fiction hand grenade – and then watch your mind get blown.
Until next time friends, smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em. Massawyrm
Come on. You knew you weren’t getting out of here without at least a little hyperbole.

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  • July 31, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Yes but is it "crazy fun?"

    by James Westfall

    That's the question!

  • July 31, 2009, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to see this movie

    by SoylentMean

    Really, I can't.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I guess you have to see it

    by dckilljoy

    to understand why it's so great

  • July 31, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Wow, can't wait

    by DarthBakpao

  • July 31, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Wow. I had absolutely no desire to see this until now.

    by CreasyBear

    Quite a review. I usually bristle at heavy-handed social commentary, but I'll have to check this movie out.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I knew nothing about this

    by lead_sharp

    Weirdly, but after reading that and watching a few trailers (what there is) I'm going to have to persuade Mrs Sharp that this is a must see. Cheers Massa'

  • July 31, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Officially PUMPED for this move!!!!

    by Nice Marmot

    Bring it the fuck on!!!!!

  • July 31, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    So in the serious sci-fi sweepstakes this summer

    by skimn

    District 9 > Moon ???

  • July 31, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    When did Massa become the best writer on this site?

    by HoboCode

    I don't know about his taste in films at times but his reviews are damn readable. This movie is going to KICK ASS though. This looks like CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN with aliens. Cannot. Wait.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Didn't even know about this until yesterday...

    by KnightShift

    ...and now, it's become the movie I'm most eager to check out!

  • July 31, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Now THIS is cool news.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    The trailers have already promised so much - if this does deliver even more, as the Wrym states, There's going to be a happy patch of cheesy, hairy Smegma on a cinema seat this summer. Cannot wait for this one.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Lookin good from day one

    by Madcapper

    Thanks for the writeup Massa. Good stuff. I´ve been looking forward to this since i first heard of it. The trailer is good, all reviews are good, and the premise and framework is genius. Hopin´this comes to Norway soon. If not, I´m loosing my mind.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    It Better Be That Good...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Or else I'll be forced to go see Transformers 2 finally! There, I said it!

  • July 31, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    very much looking forward to this!

    by gringostar

    It is movies like District 9 that make me wonder why the hell we put up with movies like G.I. JOE, Transformers, and the litany of remakes that constantly barrage our theaters. Vote with your wallets and support this film!!

  • July 31, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Fuck Yeah!

    by HerbWestAustin

    I'm in!

  • July 31, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    $10 this guy makes the Halo movie.

    by Sardonic

    And if he does, goddamn, it's gonna rock our cocks.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    "I begin with the phrase “Ho. Ly. Shit,”

    by Windowlicker74

    so stupid (awesome) movies get the Holy Shit treatment and smarter movies don't? I guess that says a lot obout your reviewing 'style'

  • July 31, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Social Commentary

    by ElGato

    I usually cringe (in a bad way) when a sci-fi film wears it's social commentary on its sleeve (unless it's satire), but hopefully they pull it off here. Looking forward to it.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    good! and FUCK Transformers camp!

    by future help

    this is how it feels to get fucked in the ass by a stranger!

  • July 31, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Looks like it's got lots of what I want to see.

    by kabong

    Myeballs ready.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    At least 7 reasons to trust Peter Jackson's instincts

    by SoylentMean

    1. Bad Taste<P> 2. Dead Alive (ie. Brain Dead)<P> 3. Heavenly Creatures<P> 4. The Frighteners<P> 5. The Fellowship of the Ring<P> 6. The Two Towers<P> 7. The Return of the King<P> Hell, I'll even through in the insane as hell Meet the Feebles and the egostroke King Kong.<P> If Peter Jackson says some new guy is the shit when it comes to directing, I'm gonna trust Peter Jackson to know what he's talking about.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    How much does it cost to buy review time?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    When I make a movie I expect the discount rate for these blowjob paid for by studio reviews.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I saw two 15-year-olds doing a chest bump at the screening...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    My expectations are really high after that review.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I have a good feeling about this.

    by Azlam Orlandu

    I'll be in line.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Glick...

    by The_Coyote

    ...of course. I mean, god forbid a great movie is actually made and someone LIKES IT. If it's not met outright fanboy hate, they MUST have been paid off. Clearly.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I had such hopes from the trailer

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    and now my hopes are even higher. I've put down some plastic drop cloth. I'm ready to have my mind blown all over.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    That was the last movie that reviewed this well on this site...and it fucking sucked!!!! <br> <br> That being said, (and it had to be said), I am for sure looking forward to this movie. Not necessarily for how well reviewed it is here, but for the fact that everyone who saw it at Comic-Con seems to say the same thing: Avatar can wait, this is the movie to see. <br> <br> So come on, Capone, pick my name!!! Get me into that screening so I don;t explode with anticipation.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    SMART? Well, that means 80% of Movie goers won't see it!

    by Darth_Kaos

    Hope I'm wrong. But you know I'm right. And even though most would just go see it to see people blow up. They won't get the point.<br><br> I would say give people the benefit of the doubt, but that would be laughable.<br><br> Anyway, I for one have been looking forward to this movie, and I plan to see it opening weekend if not the day it opens.<br>

  • July 31, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I'M READY TO HAVE MY GRAY MATTER FUCKED

    by BringingSexyBack

    I wish this was opening today.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    District 9 makes me as wet as Doc Pazuzu's hot double chin beard

    by ChoclateWoman

    I squirt in my panties just thinking about when my ass hits the seat of the movie theatre I'm going to watch district 9 in.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    AICN has gotten me pumped for this movie

    by Cymbol

    I was thinking rental - but the coverage has been glowing in this site so it seems I might actually have to check it out. Thanks for the reviews.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    CAN — NOT — WAIT

    by cowboyone

    Aliens and the THING!? Great review Wyrm. Can't wait for this.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Just the review I needed to push me over the edge

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    I'll be there opening day.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Can't wait, such a huge fan!

    by ebonic_plague

    For all the glowing reviews of this movie, nobody's being very specific. This is the first time I've even heard a reference to the actual human protagonist in the movie. Not that I'm complaining, I actually prefer not to be spoiled rotten before seeing this, but it's strange that it's not being dissected as completely as a movie like Avatar. Maybe it's due to the comparatively low level of hype. Either way, this is one of two "9" titled movies that I'm really looking forward to, and one of the only movies coming out this year that will get my ass in a seat opening night.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Aliens, The Thing, and 2001

    by Lashlarue

    Yeah, those are pretty high standards.<p> I've watched all those movies dozens of times.<p> I hope this movie is that good, but I fear it's being over hyped.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Fuck yes!

    by SpikedBuffy

    I'm sick of having to wait to see this. Been stoked about it since I saw the original short film Neil made for it. I think it's on YouTube still, check it out for sure.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    nice massa

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    keep up the damn good (and oddly enough...great tasting) reviews! I am DYING to see this.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    MASS= HEAD REVIEWER/GREAT OPINIONS

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    in my book! Harry, take note-and give this dude a raise!Pete JACKSON SHOULD THANK YOU-becuase if it wasn't for this site(and the subsequent praise)-I don't know if I would've been as "sold" as i am.its NUTS that no one else is raving over it.Then again, I really can't stand the other shitty-ass imitation sites out there.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    certainly everything I've seen looks awesome

    by just pillow talk

    If it's half as good as Massy's review makes it, I deem it quite the success.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I'm getting a CHILDREN OF MEN vibe here...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...this could be uber-cool. Nice review, Massa.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    This is what Halo could have been.

    by ass clown

    Peter Jackson and Neil Blanfoff, or whatever his name is, have created this movie with the sole purpose of making the stuidio execs that passed on Halo suck their shiny balls. District 9 is made on a fraction of the budget that Halo would have been awarded and it looks stunning. Other than the nonhuman poster campaign, this film is being poorly advertised. I think this film has the potential to be huge, but not the way that the marketing campaign is running now. If things continue like this, look for a slow box office in the theaters and an amazing DVD shelf life.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    MNG

    by HoboCode

    I said the same thing above. Very COM-esque.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I am so looking forward to this

    by nechyv

    Ever since they started their viral shit I had a good feeling about this one.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Ass Clown

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Word of mouth could help this picture out of the "shelf" realm. In this day of Faceyspaces and Tweetypages, word can get out fast and swing a mighty large box office hammer. Of course, that hammer can swing both ways.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    HoboCode

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    "COM-esque" in the sense that we may have a new, smart, and unique sci-fi film on our hands.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I Sure Hope It's Better Than Children of Men

    by kevinwillis.net

    Aside from Michael Caine, there wasn't much there there. And as sci-fi goes, it was just ridiculous. Everyone magically stops having children. Then one person gets magically pregnant. And the lack of children leads to a worldwide toletarian state, rather than a non-stop part of hedonistic indulgence vs. religious end-of-the-world-weirdos? Sorry, it just didn't follow.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I think you mean "hereafter"

    by CrackedPolystyreneMan

    not "heretofore." Just sayin'.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    ChoclateWoman

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Do you have dysentery?

  • July 31, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Dissing Children of Men

    by frongbak

    Your SF fan card is revoked!!!!!

  • July 31, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    one of the best...

    by richardphilip

    .. pieces of writing i've read on here. short, acurate, involving thoughts written in a few paragraphs. I've never been excited for a film as yet by reading a write up from this site but thats done it for me. Good work massa.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Social Commentary

    by frongbak

    Along with Philosophy is the basis of ALL great Sci-Fi. Star Wars, as proven by the god-awful prequels is not great Sci-Fi. 2001, Alien, Blade Runner, these are social commentary brilliance.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    DISTRICT 9 SAVES THE SUMMER!!!

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Oh pleas, oh please!

  • July 31, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Jiggly

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • July 31, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    The sad thing is

    by skimn

    this would have a 65 million dollar opening....if it starred Shia LaBeouf. With this and Basterds coming out in August (I'll reserve judgement for IB till I see it with my own peepers, Grindhouse left a bad taste in my mouth), there's hope for this summer yet.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    SO IT'S ALIEN NATION + ROD SERLING + HALF-LIFE.....GOT IT!

    by CarlThorMark1978

  • July 31, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    had to watch the trailer again...

    by just pillow talk

    "Enthralling" is how I would describe the trailer. <p>I can buy every word Massy wrote after watching the trailer again.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    THE HYPE FOR THIS MOVIE IS SETTING OFF ALARMS

    by HaterofCrap

    i'm getting suspicious.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Why does Star Wars get lumped into the SCI-FI

    by skimn

    category, when its clearly a fantasy. Just cuz its got spaceships and robots?

  • July 31, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    DEH CHILDRENG OF DEH FUCKING MENG!!

    by BringingSexyBack

    Puerto Rico is ready for mind fucking!

  • July 31, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    OR IS IT DISTRICT 9 FROM OUTER SPACE?

    by CarlThorMark1978

    This site has a well know history of hyping movies by newbie directors in the hope that that person will give AICN lots of exclusives, set vistits and pweasants if they ever hit the big time. I really hope that this is going to be a quality, thinking mans sci-fi action flick but my worry is that AICN is only pushing this movie so they can get a place at the PR table if HALO ever gets off the ground. We will see...

  • July 31, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I'LL COME TO MY THEATER IN ABOUT 3 MONTHS

    by uberman

    Thats how incredibly lame our little neck of the woods is. Oh, we'll get the talking gophers, the romantic comedy and its ilk on opening weekend. But stuff like THE HURT LOCKER? Na, not yet. And this one, which sounds too cool for school? Oh, we'll get it about a week before it comes out on DVD. Assholes.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    And Then...

    by Wrath4771

    For a month everyone will talk about how awesome this movie is and six months later some loser who praised the movie in talkbacks will come back and say how horrible this movie was.....and that loser will NOT be me.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    2001 ??????????

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Overhyping this film a bit aren't we?

  • July 31, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    ROBERT RODRIGUEZ SPENDS 50 MILL PLUS ON HIS MOVIES AND....

    by CarlThorMark1978

    He doesn't achieve even a 10th of the scope that this movie seems to. Care to comment on that Harry?

  • July 31, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I love that the trailers give none of the real substance away

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Like any good trailer, you only get a taste of what's to come. And it looks like that from what Massa is saying, I'm going to get a fucking gourmet meal. My ass will be in a seat on opening day with a bib. <p> Also, I'm thrilled Jackson is involving himself again (at least to some extent) in lower-budget fringe filmmaking. That's the kind of attitude that keeps the flame going in a good director.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    But were there any chest bumping fat kids?

    by SithMenace

    Just kidding, I'm looking forward to this.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The best part about this is that now the Studios

    by PixarsSUP

    will be begging and grovelling to have Blomkamp make a HALO movie. He's going to be holding all the cards, and I hope he milks the studio for every profit percentage point he can for what will be a major budget blockbuster. That's what they get for not believing in a promising talent, and not listening to a major creative player like Peter Jackson.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but....

    by VicenzoV

    ...is it as good as Starship Troopers?

  • July 31, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    HOWARD STERN LOVED IT....

    by CarlThorMark1978

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

  • July 31, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I've had high expectations for this...

    by veritasses

    Sounds like they're going to be met.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    OK Massa... OK. I will trust you on this one.

    by ricarleite2

    But you BETTER BE FUCKING RIGHT about it! I'll watch this, I'll pay, you're the best "plant" ever, but if this sucks, I'll NEVER trust you again!

  • July 31, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    When the fuck does this come out!

    by ganymede3010

    I want this movie now!!!!

  • July 31, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    'WYRM... you have psyched me once again

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Much appreciated, the reviews 'Wyrm! Everything you've talked me into seeing (not that I needed any persuading on some of them already) has been a good call.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    But is it eye-ball fucking good????

    by Johnno

    I was pumped to see this the moment I saw Alive in Jo a long time ago! I expect big things from this one! Damnit, still around 2 weeks til this comes out!

  • July 31, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    District 9 == Poor Man's Alien Nation

    by Squashua

    District 2 : Electric Boogaloo. <br><br> Can't wait to see this film.

  • July 31, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    OK! OK! I'll see it. Geez!

    by johnnyangelheart

    Actually the previews look awesome and I can't wait. Gotta thing the Wyrm is overselling it though. We'll see if it's THAT good.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    CarlThorMark1978

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Then that means pretty much every movie blogger on the web is guilty of AICN's sins. DISTRICT 9 is getting praise everywhere. And since Howard Stern loved it, it must be legit, right?

  • July 31, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    If Stern liked it, I'll hate it.

    by HoboCode

    Oh well.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Hey kevinwillis.net

    by earl of sandwich

    "...Pull my finger"

  • July 31, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I'm expecting a Sci-Fi version of City of God

    by tatoosh

    That would be cool.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    judging by the trailer !spoilers...

    by ironic_name

    so racist desk clerk becomes half alien half human freedom fighter and dons a huge mech? <P> fan fuckin' tastic.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Looks kick ass

    by rogueleader66

    Cannot wait to see it, everytime I see the trailer it just makes me want to see it more. Finally a movie with some substance, some brains, and respect for the audience. Just hope it lives up to the praise being heaped upon it, I think it will.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    that was a great fucking read

    by MooseKnuckleMalone

    That review got me so fucking stoked I'm about to go crazy. That was the kind of review that needs to happen more often on this site. I haven't seen any review lately that equates to that. I will smoke one tonight to celebrate that shit. Harry take notes - THIS IS WHAT A REVIEW LOOKS LIKE!

  • July 31, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    OTHER THAN THE COVE, THERE'S NOTHING GOOD OUT THERE

    by BringingSexyBack

    Until Joe, District 9 and Whiteout arrive.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    "ALIEN" Was A Landmark Film, Not "Aliens"

    by PoppaRotzi

    Alien was genuinely terrifying and majestic, breaking a lot of ground back in 1979. Aliens was just an excellent action flick. Oh, yeah, I said it.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    SPEAKING OF, WHERE'S THE TALKBACK FOR THE COVE

    by BringingSexyBack

    Shouldn't it get a mention before opening day, AICN?

  • July 31, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    I second the request for a TB for THE COVE

    by ebonic_plague

    I listened to the director and that dolphin trainer the other day on Fresh Air, and that sounds like it has to be the saddest, most infuriating documentary to come along in quite a while. Much rather see some reviews of that than another article on Funny People or GI Joe.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    YEAH, I'D RATHER MR. BEAKS SIT DOWN WITH RICK O'BARRY

    by BringingSexyBack

    and have a real meaningful discussion than shoot the shit with Seth Rogan, which appeals to what, 0.1% of talkbackers?

  • July 31, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Damn you M. Night Shyamalan!

    by --- Emperor ---

    Fuck you shyamalan. Go learn something from Blomkamp, you fucking poser. I knew this would be good.

  • July 31, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Oh my...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...have you guys seen the full-on meltdown Media Messiah is putting on over in that GALACTICA/DOLLHOUSE Talkback?<P>WTF is going on over there?!

  • July 31, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    IS HE KILLING DOLPHINS?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Let's go get him!

  • July 31, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    D-9 tearing and melting and fucking our faces in two weeks

    by Flames gotta Eat

    Ok so as if I couldn't get any more pumped for this film Massa just made me blow another load. I fucking love good sci-fi above all other genres. And yes, this site loved Drag Me To Hell and it wasnt that great, but in all fairness, the latest trailer for D-9 looks 10000 times better than any promo for Drag Me To Hell ever did. So I trust this hype. This will be the giant robot/alien film we've always wanted which Bay could never deliver us. And to think, we've got Avatar coming out this year too?! So Moon, D-9 and Avatar?! Holy fuck. Will 2009 be the best year for sci-fi EVER?!

  • July 31, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Awesome

    by fofo

    This review is how I felt when I saw it. It was simply amazing. I can't wait to see it again!

  • July 31, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Man...

    by Anthrax

    Just when I was beginning to lose faith in the Talkbacks, you guys go and totally redeem yourselves. Well done.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Now THIS I want to see.

    by Orbots Commander

    In a summer filled with crap, finally something I'm dying to see. Glad to hear that Neil Blonkcamp is such a talent. I'll be watching for his future movies as well.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Can't Fuckng Wait

    by inb4scriptgirl

    I can't wait, this looks great. Hopefully another movie I can enjoy this summer which will hopefully bring my grand total up to three decent summer movies.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Humans are the bad guys...

    by Mr.FTW

    I know the human race can only fall into 2 catagories the good guys or bad guys but I get so tired of the whole mankind is terible and the universe would be better of without it. Hopefully this movie doesn't paint the human race that way but this reviews makes it seem like it does. That kind of lessens my enthusiasm for this movie.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    "Enjoy it while it lasts". INDEED

    by Playkins

    A smart science fiction film = box office disaster. It will probably be awhile before we get a movie like this again, so I hop everyone enjoys it and quits bitching incessantly about every detail like they do other movies.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST

    SOUNDS AWESOME

    by fassbinder79

    I wasn't thrilled with how the alien CGI effects were looking in trailers but hopefully this review is right on the money. Will see it.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Will Peter Jackson please film a Superman movie?

    by Snookeroo

    Just so it's done right at least once.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    can't wait for the MIAMI SCREENING

    by T 1000 xp professional

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! I'm in desperate need of a movie like district 9

  • July 31, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    FUCKING POETRY

    by David Assholehoff

    Massy... "This movie is a clenched fist ready to beat your psyche to a pulp". I love it, my brain has an erection.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    If every other movie was about how humans are awesome

    by Greggers

    I'd be in the mood for this. But after having read this review, watched the trailer, watched the original short film, and even listened to Howard Stern's freaking review...I'll pass. I don't really feel like wallowing in the cruelty and stupidity of mankind yet again. And I don't care how good the special effects are. <br><br> In the end, I don't mind social commentary. What I think I do mind is the *same comment* over and over. Again, if we were inundated with IT'S A SMALL WORLD: THE MOVIE again and again, I'd be more up for a movie that warns us of the dangers of our baser instincts. Right now, I'd like a movie that reminds us of our higher tendencies. Because I think we have those too.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Blomkamp vs. Shyamalan

    by PixarsSUP

    The 2 most mispelled names in Hollywood

  • July 31, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Why does this sound more and more like Mars Attacks

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I am getting a "Suck" feeling to this movie.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    do you just write this shit to try and "stir" it up lock?

    by just pillow talk

    Christ.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    no. pj won't. chan wook park will.

    by ironic_name

  • July 31, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Lol, it's hard NOT to stir up shit on this site.

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 31, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    An original sci-fi movie thats not a remake/sequel/tvshow???

    by Mrhazard

    How can I NOT be amped for this???<p> Also there are no overrated boring Hollywood "A-list" actors in it either... In the end of such a dull summer movie season, hopefully this and Inglorious Bastards can save the season...

  • July 31, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST

    So i can leave my brain turned on this time?

    by seniorspeilbergio

    Wow. What is going on here? this has to be the weirdest summer yet. The shitty sci fi movies make tons of money and the good, thought provoking sci fi doesn't get seen by many (MOON). Will this movie be the same? Let's see. It's still encouraging that we get two fairly low budget sci fi films that are head and shoulders above all of there 100 million dollar big brothers. Between these two films and Peter Jackson and James Cameron talking about how the state of the movie industry makes them depressed; this could be the first signs of an honest to God revolt against the utter shit Corporate Controlled Hollywood has been pumping out for the last ten years. Man i sure as fuck hope so. And Kwizatshaderach, you need to go see this and tell us if it's any good because you're about the only talkbacker here who's opinions I trust every time. Don't let me down Usul!

  • July 31, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    District 9 and Moon

    by AsimovLives

    I'm hoping this two movies teach the geekry what really smart, intelligent an well made SF cinema looks like, and terminates the love affair they have with the horrendous Jar Jar Abrams's Dawson Trek retarded piece of shit abortion.

  • July 31, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    original short film

    by icantletyoudothatdave

    http://bit.ly/N DJa2

  • July 31, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Moon? It's out in like three theaters

    by lockesbrokenleg

    No wonder no one's heard of it.

  • July 31, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN

    by AsimovLives

    Pull my finger!

  • July 31, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    skimn

    by AsimovLives

    Star Trek used to be SF. Now it's fantasy.

  • July 31, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Equilibrium

    by Han Cholo

    Should also be put on the list but that's just me...

  • July 31, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russell already did this

    by Cletus Van Damme

    But seriously, this type of review is exactly what I was hoping to see.

  • July 31, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Pissed Off and Bitter

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    No, it's not just you.

  • July 31, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by MegaBeth

    Okay I get he liked the movie. But what is it about? Yeah I know aliens are involved, but shouldn't a review tell us a little about what it is exactly? I don't mean spoilers or anything, maybe just a synopsis for us normal people that haven't already read the script on the Internet.

  • July 31, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    As I said in prevous talkbacks on District 9

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    This is Alien Nation in reverse. They're here, we block them off from us, but instead of releasing them into society and welcoming them with open arms to a new home we block them off and don't let them return home. Have some raw beaver (no innuendo intended), and a glass of sour milk and think about it you slags.

  • July 31, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    But...

    by Fisting_Nell_Carter

    Isn't G.I.Joe a better film overall? Harry? Capone? wanna take this one?

  • July 31, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Janet Napolitano says you're a "right-wing terrorist" if you sid

    by KingDingaLing

  • July 31, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    * side with the terrorists

    by KingDingaLing

  • July 31, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    * aliens ( fk'ed that up good :)

    by KingDingaLing

  • July 31, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Consider me ALREADY there! --Can't wait!!!

    by JDanielP

    "Why can't we just let them leave?"

  • July 31, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Stooooooooked!!

    by Semen Stains

    Whens it get released in Ireland? anyone know?

  • July 31, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Grammaton

    by Orbots Commander

    Who cares if it's Alien Nation in reverse? Most original stories get their inspiration from other stories. <p> At least it's not based on a frackin' 1980's Hasbro toy line. Oy vey am I done with those.

  • July 31, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Fuck a Halo movie

    by Semen Stains

    This sounds wayyyyyyyyyyyy like a far more interesting alien flick

  • July 31, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    @Grammaton Cleric Binks - Did I hear "beaver"???

    by Lamerz

    Where?!

  • July 31, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    King - What the fuck are you on about?

    by Lamerz

    WOW

  • July 31, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Did they give the aliens a lawnmower

    by Lamerz

    and a beat up pickup?

  • July 31, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    OK, I retract that last one ...

    by Lamerz

  • July 31, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Orbots Commander, no I'm just saying...

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Again in the earlier talkback I am truly impressed by what I see. This seems to be an orignal well done sci-fi movie. We haven't seen something like that in a long time.

  • July 31, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Lamerz

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Mandy Patinkin's character, Sam Francisco I believe was the name, and James Caan's character go to the local snack shack and grab a meal to go. They get their mixed up. Caan asks what the hell is that. "This? This is beaver." Caan is so disgusted he throws his own dinner away.

  • July 31, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Notice Massawyrm's lack of swearing.

    by sighborg

    Only four "fucks" or more precisely "fucking" and then only used as effective adjectives. Just one "shit" and then only used as an example quote. I'm not against swearing but on this site it's often used as a substitute for good writing. Massawyrm wrote an intelligent, articulate review. The lack of lazy swearing shows that he actually thought before her wrote.

  • July 31, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    PoppaRotzi speaks the truth

    by Semen Stains

    Aliens rocked but it aint no Alien,its an action flick,one of the best ever for sure.

  • July 31, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Thought before HE wrote.

    by sighborg

    I should follow my own advice. But a typo is preferable to the awful grammar you often see in the reviews on this site. So I should also acknowledge Massawyrm's use of good grammar without making his review seem stilted.

  • July 31, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I'm so glad its not full mockumentary style

    by bbbbeeeennnn

  • July 31, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to see this.

    by we_pray_for_mad_skillz

    It sounds really great.

  • July 31, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    WOW

    by one_guy_from_andromeda_

    very good review, this website is lucky to have you. Totally psyched to see the movie now!!!

  • July 31, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    smart and gore rarely mix for me

    by Dreamfasting

    I'm planning to see this, but I'm a little concerned about the idea of gore and smart in the same film ... maybe I'm not sufficiently desensitized, but when I see gore in a movie it tends to just make me annoyed at the moviemaker, zone out and become less interested in listening to what they have to say. Carnage doesn't communicate to me ... it's a language I don't understand. But we'll see.

  • July 31, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    I love the fact that we're the badguys in this...

    by sonnyfern

    We need more movies bashing the human race.

  • July 31, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    rarely does a film come along...

    by CENOBITE

    that does EXACTLY what I wish it would do when hearing the premise. This one does it.

  • July 31, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    That AICN likes

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 31, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    So it's a civil rights film?

    by Stan Arthur

    Hunh?

  • July 31, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Meh....

    by JuanSanchez

  • July 31, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Not interesting in HUMANS SUCK movies right now.

    by JuanSanchez

    Tell me what the rest of the damn film is - cause I ain't going based on what I've seen and read.

  • July 31, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Massa should be in charge of this site

    by MELGIBSONS_DICKCHEESE

    Permanently. Or Vern. Even Better

  • July 31, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT HOWARD STERN LIKEED IT!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    The fucker also likes chicks with dicks, too.

  • July 31, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST

    FUCK this movie

    by Immortal_Fish

    If this is an allegory of Israel vs. Palestine that makes me feel awful for being an American -- the FUCK IT and I want no part of it.<P>I can't forgive the GI Joe flick for looking awful on the surface and I cannot forgive this pandering bullshit propaganda for the same.

  • July 31, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    lockesbrokenleg, THEN YOU AND STERN HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON!

    by CarlThorMark1978

  • July 31, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I KNEW IT!

    by OzzyManDiaz

    HAHAHAHA. M-YES, M-YES. District 9: Giving your eyeballs hard anal creampie in less than two weeks

  • July 31, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    So in other words,

    by Alphanumeric1971

    There's going to be alot of fanfic devoted to this movie.

  • July 31, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    MICHAEL J FOX HAS NO IDEA ABOUT THIS..

    by Mixedcompany

  • July 31, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Sci Fi Is The Greatest Forum For Social Commentary

    by LaserPants

    And I can't fucking wait to see it. This year's Children of Men?

  • July 31, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    This Year's Children Of Men

    by LaserPants

    I can't wait to see this movie. I love sci-fi political commentary.

  • July 31, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    If humans make really awesome

    by kafka07

    "humans suck" type movies, does that mean they really don't suck? I'm waay confused.

  • July 31, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Well sometimes humans suck...

    by sonnyfern

    and sometimes humans don't suck. Sometimes there's both. In this movie it sounds like there's a sucky human..and then he turns into a nonsuck human. So it's like the best of both worlds, showing that humans can be evil mean bastards...but that we also shows, when push comes to shove that we have a light inside of us capable of great things.

  • July 31, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    The feel good movie of the summer!!

    by Texbear2000

    ...or just cloverfields droppings??? That is all..move a long..

  • July 31, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    BORN IN EAST L.A. I WAS BORN IN EAST L.A!

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 31, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Gore/Carnage is often unnecessary,

    by SirBiatchReturns

    and is usually a sign that a movie is mediocre shit. I agree, Dreamfasting

  • July 31, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    On Human Suckitude

    by Greggers

    If you have a movie where humananity en masse ghettoizes and enslaves alien visitors, except for the one protagonist who achieves some sort of enlightenment and abandons his xenophobic ways, I think that's still a pretty damning indictment of the kind of people we are in general. <br><br> In other words, Hollywood is STILL fucking pissed off that the U.S. voted George Bush into office. Twice! And unless we see the error of our ways and change, we'll continue to be the raging assholes they're showing us to be in all our latest sci-fi movies.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Australian release date, anyone?

    by Kobaal

    Can't wait for this<p> Something about the South African accents in the trailer made it all the more chilling...<p> "Hoew doo yore weapons werk?"

  • July 31, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Of course, we're seeing movies now that were

    by Greggers

    written and put into production while George W. Bush was still in office, and Hollywood hasn't had an opportunity to catch up with the Obama generation. STAR TREK just happened to be ahead of the curve.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    (August 13th, apparently)

    by Kobaal

    Not bad, I was expecting a limited release in October or something awful like that.

  • July 31, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Social commentary not a surprise

    by Bazzz

    Hmm. Aliens in S. Africa..forced to stay in shanty towns. Are we supposed to be surprised by the "social commentary"? Everyone knows when you go see a movie about space aliens blowing people to hell you want to have social commentary to helps you root for the aliens. Typical Holywood liberal garbage.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST

    I like humans.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Liberal Claptrap disguised (thinly) as a tale or morality and more reason to let our illegal alien neighbors move into the neighborhood. So it's not surprising that it's getting libtard fantastic reviews. I'll see this when I see all those other highly touted, socially relevant steaming piles of crap (NEVER) - Schindler's List, Slum Dog something or the other,etc - or that other list of highly touted steaming piles of crap - anything up for best picture. This movie smelled when I first saw the first teaser trailer and the 'viral' ad campaign. Hope you've already written that anguished article about how wrong it is that nobody has gone to see this. Just pull out the article you wrote lamenting how nobody went to see the latest Tarantio movie - just change the movie names.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST

    gad, you're fucking high

    by Massawyrm 1

    As a vocal Republican and staunch opponent of illegal immigration, I can tell you you're talking out your ass about your own issue. This movie isn't about that at all. If you want to get a feel for what they're talking about, a little research will show that it is set in Apartheid era South Africa.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Anyone else waste their time with that

    by bbbbeeeennnn

    MNU augmented reality webcam bullshit or maths from out of space? That pissed me off.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Sleeper hit of the summer. There's one every year.

    by Stan Grossman

    I picked this a few months back to be the suprise money maker this year and if im right I gurantee the "HALO" movie goes back into pro-duction. If any of you have seen the xbox live shorts this guy did then you know thats a good thing. Dude can stage an action sequence to be sure and it sounds like he's got the more important stuff inbetween set-pieces under control.We shall see. I'll reserve judgement until i've seen it. Also, the alive in joberg short is pretty cool. If any of you have'nt seen it yet head over to youtube and check it out. It sets up the world of district 9 pretty well.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 3:20 a.m. CST

    There are a lot of Secrets in District 9.

    by G100

    One secret clearly being that some people are so thin skinned that anything that raises the prospect of the human race or portions of it acting greedily, immorally or like assholes causes these oversensitive souls to lose their minds in whining outraged douchey manner.<p> <p>Watch the trailer read the review. The obvious first parallel is Apartheid. Which happened. And District 9 isn't just using white South Africans to do it, even more damningly he's using the black population too who should know better after suffering through it. Why do you think Mass said it shows South Africa in such an ugly light ?<p> <p>But that is just the obvious first social comment and it's hardly likely to be the only one if this is as smart as it sounds. Shantytowns and poverty, drugs, sex, greed, I think we can assume this won't just touch one one aspect of human fallability but many of them.<p> <p>There are a lot of secrets in District 9 and I doubt they are all obvious or completely one-sided. The movie changes perspective many times according to Massas review so it isn't going to be a Movie with nothing but human assholes but it won't be shy in showing exploitation or assholery in the story.<p> <p>And what about the Aleins ? Do we REALLY think they are all nothing more than gentle misunderstood space refugees ? Or are there darker truths waiting that Mass is keeping to himself. Why the insanely powerful weaponry if they are peace loving stereotypes ? What are THEY doing in District 9 and why assume that they are all a monolithic bunch of nice Aliens without a home ? Why did they come here ? Why can't they go back ? Why won't we let them go back ? What's inside the saucer ? And what will the Government do if things get out of hand ?<p> <p>No I don't think this is JUST a simplistic good aliens oppressed by the bad humans trite fable some here think it is and I doubt Massa would have been so keen to call it smart if it was.<p> <p>This Movie is fucking with us with that trailer. It's only showing us a tiny select portion of the story and making some draw premature conclusions some of which will likely be subverted.<p> <p>A smart science fiction Movie doesn't just transpose situations from real life to aliens. It shows us them from a unique perspective that makes us think hard about them in an entirely new way.<p> <p>This is also not guilty of absurd hype as apart from a fairly low key viral campaign and a few earlier mentions that got some of us very interested. It's been sitting fairly quietly up till now.<p> <p>The only thing close to hype and incredible praise has come from those who have now seen the Movie. Not CG tests or set visits or small portions and previews. Seen it. The Movie itself.<p> <p>I can't wait and I'm already wondering about all those secrets... but I'm sure they won't all be easily glibly answered with every last detail spelled out as Massa says. Which is also a sign of a smart Movie.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Gad? Is that short for moron?

    by Stan Grossman

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Hey - if they can't sell me with ads, I won't see it.

    by JuanSanchez

    Simple as that. I'm all for them leaving surprises for the movie, but they still have to make it look interesting. So far - fail.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 6:23 a.m. CST

    GAd

    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    <p>clearly you are an idiot. If you honestly judge a movie like that before seeing it, that's fine becasue you clearly are not this films intended audience. That audience by the way os smart movie goers.</p> <p>Also to call Schindler's list crap with having never seen it is about as stupid as one can be. To hell with social relevence or what the fuck ever. It told the tale of a man who did what he could to save the lives of a lot of Jews in Nazi Germany. That is a man who DESERVES to have a movie made about him, the fact it's a great movie only makes that better.</p> <p>It's cool though, you stick to your Wolverine, Terminator Salvation, Transformers 2, etc type shitty movies and the rest of us will go ahead and watch stuff you actually need to have a brain to enjoy.</p>

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST

    We need more social comentary SF movies

    by AsimovLives

    We need more smart SF movies, to cleanse the much malgined genre form the perception of idioticy and childishness it has in the eyes of the majority of the population, thanks to such superficial shit like Jar Jar Abram's Dawson Trek and GI Joe and Terminator 4 bullshits.<br><br>In the 70s, evne the SF B-movies has social comentary to them. Small wonder the 70s was the best decate for SF. The 80s foward had better special effect,s but the 70s had the smarts, the brain and the ambition to be more then just a parade of silly robots and aliens and silly set design with guys running around shooting laser pistols.<br><br>It's good that this year was are seeing a bit of the return of SF with brains thanks to District 9 and Moon, and hopefully The road asw ell, but still, the dumb action bullshit idioticy pretending to be SF still outweights the good stuff, both in budget and quantity, and i'm very sure, popularity. If District 9 and Moon are seeding the seeds of better things to come, it will still take a while longer for the acorn to turn into an oak. until then, we still have stupid bulslhit like Jar Jar Abram's Dawsons Trek to pass as SF and corrupt the much beaten up genre.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:22 a.m. CST

    God, the Whining Over Cinematic Social Commentary

    by Aquatarkusman

    Sorry a movie might make you think and gave you a headache. Maybe we can make Paul Reiser a good guy in Aliens because it offends you to think that corporations might be bad, or Michael Rennie an evil, backstabbing bastard in the original Day the Earth Stood Still because we weren't on the brink of nuclear destruction in the 50s.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Aquatarkusman

    by AsimovLives

    I hear you.<br><br>I reralyl dfon't understand this people who have cpmplains about a movie, a Sf movie being more then just a collection of explosions and anoying gits as haroes posing as cool. Fuck that, even in my special effects extravaganzas i want some intelligence in it. Special effects should help the story, not replace it.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I Love When The Neo-Nazis Show Up And Get All Upset

    by LaserPants

    I'm so sorry, Nazis! I'm so sorry that thoughtful, intelligent, and IMPORTANT social commentary about Corporate-State oppression and injustice annoys you so. Don't they have any pro-fascist sci-fi for you to enjoy? Perhaps something which posits that Rich White Christians are the good guys and EVERYONE ELSE is Evil? I mean, if they weren't Evil, then they'd be Rich White Christians, right? I think John Ringo wrote like, 100 novels in this vein. Perhaps you could go back in a time machine to Berlin circa 1939 and write some more? Neo-nazi fucks, politely go back into your angry, dank, sad cave torture-churches and die. Seriously, your time is up and you're no longer wanted. If you commit suicide, en masse, you'll get to your Hate Heaven that much sooner! Isn't that what it says in the Bible? That you get to go to Hate Heaven when you die? Then you should, please, PLEASE, kill yourselves now! Imagine the peace you will feel in Hate Heaven! Do it! God wants you too.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    If you skip the movie based on silly notions...

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Like needing better ads etc, then you are a fuckwit that doesn't deserve to see it. Go and watch Aliens In The Attic instead, and let the grownups enjoy their movie.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    This flick looks Children of Fucking Men level good

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    I'm Getting CHILDREN OF MEN Vibes From This Too

    by LaserPants

    CHILDREN OF MEN easily ranking in the top 10 films of the decade, and one of the best sci-fi movies ever made.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I'm not gonna spend $10 if they can't make it look interesting.

    by JuanSanchez

    I rarely go to the movies these days as it is - not gonna go cause Massa says it will launch a grenade up my sphincter. Have to want to see it.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    LaserPants

    by AsimovLives

    Wea re agreeing on someting again. This time, that Children Of Men is indeed one of the best Sf movie i ever seen, that district 9 is shaping nicely to be 2009's Children Of Men, and sod all the people who are upset there's social comentary and inteligence in a SF movie. If they find smart movies too much to handle, there's always Transformers 2, isn't there?

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Most great Sci Fi IS social comentary, it's kinda the point

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN

    by AsimovLives

    Pull my finger!

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    If HoboCode hates Stern...

    by quantize

    then I'll definitely like District 9

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    DoctorZoidberg

    by AsimovLives

    Absolutly! Even Star Wars 1977 had social comentary, Lucas had based the forceful ways of the Empire and the Emperor on Nixon and Nixon's administration foreign policies (much more proeminent in the earlier scripts, true, where there was still the final battle at the giant forest planet endor, whcih was later trasnposed to Return Of The Jedi).<br><br> But think about that, evne the most populist of the Sf made in the 70s had a social cometnary in there, even if it was background setting. Today, the most popular and lauded SF movie is a bad copy of another SF movie.<br><br>Things truly became dumber recently, haven't they? And then, we get people complaining a SF movie is too smart and too ambitious and too interested in the real world events and too concerned to also work as a metaphor for your times? Fuck's sake, can anybody explain me the reason for this adoration of dumb bullshit?

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by DoctorZoidberg

    I most certainly agree. Works by Clarke, Baxter, Asimov...basically anybody who writes true science fiction as opposed to space opera is always making some form of social commentary. Or at least asking moral questions. Hell, all of Star Trek is based on that premise really. Putting an idiotic plot in space, or in the future, does not count as Sci Fi in my book. It is just tripe with lazers and spaceships.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    People aren't taking issue with the commentary...

    by JuanSanchez

    they're taking issue with the fact that it looks like the social commentary is all there is. It's apartheid with aliens. Now, there may well be much more and the commentary might not be as hit you over the head as it seems. Massa suggests just that, but we're not seeing that, are we. Get me interested enough to buy a ticket, entertain me and then give me the social commentary.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    I like how it took one wingnut talkbacker...

    by Greggers

    a wingnut talkbacker who sounds amazingly like a straw man sock puppet, I might add -- I mean, slagging SCHINDLER'S LIST and "Slum Dog something or the other"? Come on! -- in order too kick off vitriolic backlash to the backlash. <br><br> But the backlashers to the backlash have a point. I think if anyone wants to see DISTRICT 9, BATTLE FOR TERRA, AVATAR, OBLIVION, or SPACE CHIMPS, god bless you. In another couple of years, I may be up for it myself.<br><br> (I love me some TWILIGHT ZONE, and Rod and the boys were never shy about showing us how ugly we can be.)<br><br> (As an aside, let me just add that I think the setting of DISTRICT 9 in South Africa does not mitigate how the film stands as a reaction to more general political events and a reflection of the overall zeitgeist. The past 10 years have put filmmakers in a mood where they want to make these kinds of movies, with these specific themes and attitudes regarding the malignance of humanity, whereas the 10 years previous to that may have not. <br><br> Moreover, for me, it's not just "social commentary," or social criticism. It's a specific kind of almost *misanthropic* commentary that suggests that humanity's default position is unjust and unenlightended. Hobbesean or Rouseauvian, could go either way.) <br><br> Right now I'd perfer a more direct line of elevation. I'm in the mood for something more positive and uplifting -- a tack that doesn't necessarily have to equate with stupid or jingoist. I think it would be not only be nice, but *healthy* for us to *postively* inspired; expecially right now, as the US sets out with a new president with a new outlook, and parts of the world seems to be actively struggling for freedom like never before. <br><br> And then, drinks for everyone.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Holy hyperbole, Bat Man!

    by malificus

    I don't get these kind of reviews that blare about "eyeball fucking" and "brain smashing" but don't really say a fucking thing of consequence about the movie itself. Say what you want about a guy like Roger Ebert but these AICN 'reviewers', if they really consider themselves such, should read an Ebert or someone like that and fucking learn a little something about what constitutes a review and isn't like dipping into a conversation between two idiots at a game store.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Yeah, and of course..

    by malificus

    ..say a word about illegal aliens and get labelled a Nazi. What a joke.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    It also looks superb. Particularly for it's budget.

    by G100

    Sorry, but did you miss the gritty realistic look with the robots, weaponry, the large mothership and the aliens ? There's a reason this guy was going to make the Halo Movie and Peter Jackson backs him so completely.<p> <p>Blomkamp has a wonderful eye for visual design and knows how to make an action setpiece as well. It also mixes documentary style to traditional narration.<p> <p>It's the whole package if Massa is indeed right. This isn't just smart it's got the looks as well for those who need the eyecandy.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Please stop over-hyping this movie AICN

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    You're making me want to hate it, in the same way I already hate AVATAR because of all the promises of eyeball fucking. Jeez.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Laserpants

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    (Spoken in best Darth Vader voice) Impressive...

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    District:$30.mil/Trandbayformers:$300.mil Only one is quality

    by future help

    the other could of used the monet to save a small country. Anyways, it's so much about the writing! Better script writers Hollywood! More heart and ideas please.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    THIS YEARS THE MIST!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST

    The Aliens turn out to be Humans

    by LeftFoot

    From the first time I saw a District 9 trailer I thought the Aliens are going to turn out to be humans that have gone through some kind of accidental change caused in some way related to the space ship. <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;That they were/are humans is kept secret. Info about the 'Aliens' is completely controlled by the MNU Corp.<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The interview shot of the Alien with subtitles - How do we really know what he is saying. The Alien named Christopher (Christ symbology intended) -- Why would the aliens start using human names. That is his human name because he was human and still is depending on your opinion.<p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Am I a paranoid son asshole or what?<p>

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    to hard core nerd only: all hail the Xelee

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    if you don't know who the Xelee are, don't comment,

    by DoctorZoidberg

    and Wiki doesn't count goddamnitall

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    LeftFoot

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Yeah, I thought about that too. I thought the guy that goes in there will turn out to be an alien, and it will be revealed that there ar ea lot of the aliens on Earth, and those were the last refugees.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    the best kind of sci fi to me is the one that shows a vision of

    by martinlutherkrangjr

    or alternate timelines where all of are most terrible tendencies (like mad max style post apocalypse) or greatest strengths (the nigh-utopian humans of star trek) have come to pass. As to people blaming this negative trend in hollywood on bush they are right. Bush suppressed civil liberties and took on imperialistic wars for no good reason and no one in the media wanted to say anything about and our nation in general was caught in some brown skin muslim hating clusterfuck where we went along with it. So how is it not relevant or important to make movies that show the dark side of humans? Humans aren't by nature evil, but can be lead by the nose by corporations or governments to do whatever they want whether or not it serves the people they represent. i think its good for sci-fi and media in general to offer up a glimpse of the dangers of that. and if you don't like to think about things like that there is always, as asimov said, Transformers 2. i am optimistic about this flick.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Can't Wait

    by Cobbio

    Thanks for the great review, Massa. It was well-written without giving anything away. I appreciate your candor.<p> As for "District 9," I can't fucking wait to see it! I'll be taking friends, most definitely, possibly two or three times. This is the kind of R-rated, ass-kickingly dramatic, balls to the wall science fiction I haven't seen much of in the last fifteen years. This is the science fiction that grabs your heart and mind, and challenges your assumptions about reality.<p> Thank you, Neil Blomkamp and Peter Jackson! You've made my year. I really can't wait.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    The aliens are humans, yeah right. Suck my balls LeftFoot

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Cripes you are lame and so unoriginal. Really?? That is the best you can come up with. Really??

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Don't dis Massa on this shit, the boy knows whereof he speaks

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Oh Doctor Zoidberg

    by LeftFoot

    Oh Doctor Zoidberg, you sweet talking bastard....

  • For one thing, it's not my 'responsibility' to check out whether a movie is about Illegal Aliens or Apartheid or Internment Camps from American History. Your trailers and teaser trailers are supposed to sell the thing. Big freaking woop if the ideas are marginally different, it's the same thing, it's still a morality tale about how bad it is to treat 'other' people differently, only recently have they gone with the Transformer like creature in their trailers cause they know from their market research that people are smelling a turd and won't go see it. And Turd is all I'm smelling here. And it's you Massa who is high if you can't see the similarity in the two. The difference I suppose is Institutional - whether The Man/Government is participating in the treating 'others' as other and bad. And even then we're looking at an alternate future where that's how Illegal Aliens would be treated and we're looking into the past to see how Americans were treated the same darn way - Japanese Internment Camps? Any of you morons who call me a moron know about them and about you know, History? I don't mind opinions but when some liberal art refugee article writer wants to tell me 'I must go see this movie' then you know, this is a talkback and I'm talking back against that opinion. These kind of movies are supposed to give us some sort of social insight that we hadn't considered before and I've had those back in the day with 1984 and The Prisoner and other movies and shows like that. This is warmed over thinly disguised preaching and it'll sink like Children of Men - another dreary sad ass attempt at social commentary disguised as entertainment. And if I want my Social Commentary flopped in my plate like so much gruel I'd go live in North Korea and hear the same heavy handed nonsense from the other direction. And as for the wipe who didn't like my Schlindlers List commentary, well too darn bad. I know about the Holocaust and I don't need to spend anymore money on a movie to bring that nightmare back to the front of my mind. Sure the guy deserved a movie and in a couple years they'll make another socially relevant movie to remind us of the Holocaust and it'll be another movie I won't spend a single dime to go see. And no I haven't seen Terminator or Wolverine. I know better - I want to be entertained at the movies. :-) But you go ahead and suffer through all the movies that other people have deemed to be good for you. You go right ahead, someone needs to be in those movie theaters so that the teenagers working there have a job.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Shit, even Star Trek didn't get this much hype.

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Missing Out

    by Cobbio

    Wow, gad. You really are one jaded dude. I understand you fully believe the things you wrote about morality plays and social commentary in movies, I disagree wholeheartedly with your lack of interest in these dramatic elements.<p> I think what you're saying is: I want to be entertained by something I've never seen before. On this point I very much agree with you. Original ideas, locations, and stories not based on properties we've seen before are vital to cinema in general. They introduce challenges to our understanding of things. They hopefully make us "feel" something new, something we weren't expecting.<p> Where I disagree with you is on the "challenging" aspect of movies, including films that contain morality plays and/or social commentary. I personally enjoy these types of challenges. Not for the simplistic, black and white reasons E! will likely force down everyone's throat, but for the storytelling "art" expressed as science fiction. The uncompromising "here's our fucking story, deal with it" approach normally reserved for novels and groundbreaking films like "Aliens" and "The Terminator."<p> If you don't enjoy uncompromising examinations of humanity, that's fine.<p> But I think you're missing out.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Geez, Gad

    by redkamel

    are you the kinda person that only likes "fun"movies and action flicks now?<p> there isn't anything new under the sun. If Jackson wants to comment on social ills you know about, well, I am sure a lot of people also know about it. But he's still going to comment on it in his way. <p>Children of Men may have been a box of office flop and a little slow, but it wasn't half bad compared to "successful" films, but at least someone tried. Welcome to art, some fails, some sucks, some is old, some is good, and none of that is exclusive of the others.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Thankful

    by Cobbio

    As a guy who hated (HATED!) "Terminator: Salvation" for its boring, bloodless, studio-controlled, PG-13 stupidity, I'm deeply thankful for Blomkamp's uncompromising story.<p> As much as Hollywood thinks the world only wants to see PG-13 action films, I say Hollywood is wrong. Dead fucking wrong. There's a huge audience for R-rated epics. Huge.<p> Give audiences more of these stories and studios will be rewarded. Not that suits listen to people like me. I have no illusions. Which is why "District 9" getting released to such such positive reviews is more satisfying than I can express.<p> Yeah, baby!

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by Cobbio

    ... "Children of Men" wasn't a box office flop. Not by a long shot. It did well in theaters and sold millions of DVDs.<p> It wasn't a blockbuster, true, but the film more than held its own.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Left Foot et all, I will state it here and nowa

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Left Foot et all, I will state it here and now

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Left Foot et all, I will state it here and now

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST

    here and now:

    by DoctorZoidberg

    If this movie sucks you can call shenanigans on me till the cows come home. I will put my money where my mouth is based on what I have seen to date. This will rock and may God have mercy on my soul. Amen

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    and piss on the easy post key to make me look like I'm

    by DoctorZoidberg

    retarded. Like it isn't easy enuf already

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Gad, go to bed already..that is where I am headed

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    gad, I don't think north Korean films have much social comment

    by martinlutherkrangjr

    other than your government is good, everyone else is out to get you. But if u want to watch mindless movies that's your perrogatotive. Go town. I don't think holocaust movies like schindlers list qualify as commentary any more since its just beating the dead horse of Nazis are bad and you the viewer are good for thinking so. Its emotional porn.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Gad I'm drunk and STILL you make no sense (u2 L foot)

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Christ you ramble on and on like some wino on the corner. Your ignorance pulled me back from my own bed where I was blissfully headed. Cripes, what does it take to make you happy? What sci fi movie will bring you peace? If you walk into this story with such a chip on your shoulder, then you are indulging in the wrong genre. I mean really now, c'mon. This level of negativity should be left for 16 year old Young Republicans...or is that what you guys comprise? Now ya got me all hot and bothered. I am going back to bed. Negative vibes just give me a headache.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Wha!?..a science fiction piece offering...

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ...social commentary? Get outta town! Really, that's like, unheard of. 1984 was written in 1949 and Fahrenheit 451 was written in 1953. Science fiction has been, and hopefully, always will be a soapbox for social commentary. Guess what? Battlestar Galactica was a great show because of what they could get away with commenting on. Which they could do freely because it was covered in sci-fi trappings. <p> As was already said, there is nothing new under the sun, but as long as we as a people keep treating each other like trash and keep generally making the same mistakes, artists will keep making stories commenting on it. And as the average person doesn't know a 1984 from a 2012 and couldn't be bothered with reading in general, new creators will use current technologies to reiterate the point.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Slumdog was a thief!!!

    by Stan Grossman

    It pretty much ripped its best stuff straight out of Fernando Merielles's far superior "City Of God". Watch the opening 5 mins of both and tell me if im lying. I love Danny Boyle but his win and the films were completely undeserved.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Emotional Porn - Social Commentary - Good vs Bad

    by gad

    Look, I like good movies. My tolerance for movies trying to tell me or teach me something is very limited. If it's an otherwise good movie I can ignore the usually juvenile attempts of social commentary. Some of you self inflated dolts want to feel like you are smart or your life means more because you go watch movies that are 'good for you' or 'socially relevant' based on the opinions of people you wouldn't let into your house or watch your kids and you're more than willing to think I'm some sort of mindless goof cause I don't share your glazed eye views on what's worth watching. I'll get my philosophy and social commentary from books and actual discussions rather than something yapped at me from Happy Feet or District 9.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    WHY DOESNT BARACKO LET THE ALIENS LAND?!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    HE EVEN SENT IN THAT SHITTY GUY TO SHUT DOWN THE TRANSFORMERS! WHAT A DOUCHE!!

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    this movie

    by eaze

    has all the trappings of a classic.to the knuckleheads who don't want social commentary w/their syfy,grow up.it's not all big robots beating each other up.and children of men was easily 1 of the best films of the last decade.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF FUCKING BORING MEN!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Not going to see it

    by Rand92

    I've never understood how people can get so excited about a movie that trashes their own species or society or whatever. It seems like it is for people who feel guilty about everything that has every happened to anyone at any time and feel it is somehow their fault. I would go so far as to say that it feeds a type of social neurosis. To each his own though. I will say that the talk-backer who trashes 80 percent of the audience as too stupid to understand the movie is very arrogant. It is not that most people are too stupid to get it. They don't like films that trash who and what they are. They want to be entertained, not brow-beaten with social commentary.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Hey Eaze

    by Rand92

    People who like to be entertained are not knuckleheads. They are 90 percent of the movie-going public. Just because you post here in an incredibly one-sided community, do not be fooled. Get back in touch with the average person.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Lol, you people are already giving this fucking movie

    by lockesbrokenleg

    The Academy award for best pictre.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST

    there's nothing wrong with wanting a movie to entertain you

    by martinlutherkrangjr

    but there is certainly no reason why a movie can't be entertaining and thought provoking. I agree that you shoulder take your views on the world from a movie, anymore than you should from a book either. A good movie or book can make you think and hopefully make you answer the question for yourself. That is the flaw in holocaust porn, its just rewarding you for realizing the obvious.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    and this anti human stuff

    by martinlutherkrangjr

    is retarded. Really? People are bitching about movies with anti human bias? Its not anti human it anti humans doing bad things. I'm real tired of all these movies out there with this whack job conservitarded pro human bias. All these pro human movies are just another rah rah rally by some fascist right winger lobby. I'm not going to see anymore movies where these neo cons try to show humans acting admirably. I mean its just totally against reality. If u are making anti human movies than the aliens have already won.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    liberal Hollywood is giving material aid and

    by martinlutherkrangjr

    comfort to the enemies of the human race. Of obamas healthcare plan passes then all these aliens will show up here expecting handouts and turn into welfare queens. Ovals is a secret Martian hence no documentation of his birth on planet terra.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    fucking iPhone spell checker.

    by martinlutherkrangjr

    that and alcohol are making these posts incoherent.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Rand92, what do you consider "entertainment?"

    by Chesterfield Slacks

    We'd like to know, because, speaking for myself, I've been waiting since "Space Odyssey" and other ground-breaking films to have a real Hollywood distributed film that has an original angle on a story that makes me THINK! Goddammit, I could care less if "boo-hoo, they making bad humans look badder"...what about a compelling story? A story that maybe touches us and leaves us choked up for hours, a story that speculates on the human condition, a story with people that remind us, in great clarity and sensitive performance, that we have so much in common, even in fantastic circumstances? A story that hits you a day after, that compels you to watch it again. Uplifting or tragic, balls-out ludicrous or gut-wrenchingly horrific, the human condition in all its spectrum's is entertaining. So, do you just like romantic comedies? Enlighten us here. As for D9... It's been awhile since originality in Sci-Fi hit the screens. Seeing the trailer for District 9 and knowing Blomkamp's history, and what he can do with "no budget" gives me a glimmer of hope that the greedy hype factory that turns out 300 million dollar polished shit-buckets, written by drunken, juvenile chimps, will pay attention. I hope Peter Jackson is not lying about the $30 million dollar budget, because judging from the short clips I've seen, it looks like they would have blown a third of that budget at a big CG facility.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Watchmen had a "thought provoking" story too

    by lockesbrokenleg

    but most people shrugged it off.

  • Aug. 1, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    watchmen was just poorly executed

    by martinlutherkrangjr

    There are a lot of movies that are interesting and deep but are ignored for popcorn fare. Sad but understandable. Such is popular culture. That's why sites like this are nice because the majority of users are interested enough in movies to look beyond the blockbusters and watch the smaller perhaps more interesting films.

  • Yes, this truly is a Movie that is killing America! (by being set in South Africa during Apartheid)<p> <p>If only Blomkamp had submitted his script for the approval of wingnuts like a good little robot, then all would be well and the Aliens would be obvious badguys and his Movie would be bound to be better. What was he thinking ?<p> <p>Because there have been no science fiction Movies where the Aliens have been the bad guys. Nooooo sir! If only Hollywood would make one or two of them ? One day perhaps.<p> <p>Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Children of Men nearly put me to sleep.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    This movie hardly has social commentary

    by lockesbrokenleg

    It's more of an action movie, by the trailer. I first thought of ID4, when I saw the giant ship.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Science Fiction Films

    by Cobbio

    If a science fiction film entertains with a compelling story and characters, no one pigeon-holes it for its social commentary. "Metropolis" is considered one of the greatest, most visionary films of all time, yet does anyone nowadays complain about its "social commentary" on the suppression of human rights or what leads to violent class uprisings? No, they don't.<p> They hail it as a work of art. Just like "1984," "The Matrix," "Dark City" to a certain extent, "The Terminator," and "Blade Runner." These were all movies that "commented" on the human condition through the lens of science fiction, yet most people think they're just smartly written, dramatic stories about characters dealing with their created realities.<p> See the difference? Don't go into "District 9" thinking about its social commentary. Just sit back, eat your popcorn, and let yourself be pulled into what promises to be a damn compelling science fiction story, complete with aliens, robots, bucketloads of ass-kicking action sequences, and heart.<p> As I wrote to gad, you'll be missing out terribly. See the film and tell me if I'm wrong.<p> Because you know I'm not.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Re: Rand92

    by Cobbio

    You wrote, "I've never understood how people can get so excited about a movie that trashes their own species or society or whatever."<p> So... according to your view, everyone should approve of everything that humanity does, right? Because, very specifically, that's what you're saying. You wrote, "They [movie goers like you] don't like films that trash who and what they are," so I know you're clearly pointing to the "humans as bad guys" social commentary.<p> However, I think your opinion is creepy, bordering on frighteningly xenophobic.<p> According to you, why have art of any kind in the world? If it comments on stuff I don't like, why would anyone want to see it?<p> You should think a little harder about your opinion.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Cloverfield

    by HarryBlackPotter

    made me ill. AICN hyped that peice of Godzuki shit way too much. If District 9 is anything like JJ's pukefest then i'll save my eyeballs for Avatar.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 5:40 a.m. CST

    No Overhype

    by Cobbio

    It won't be like "Cloverfield," HarryBlackPotter. Don't worry.<p> You've watched the trailer, so you know that except for the fact they're both science fiction, the movies couldn't be more different. "Cloverfield" was geeky PG-13, while "District 9" seems a more epic and ass-kickingly violent R. There's a huge difference.<p> But I agree with you that AICN overhyped "Cloverfield" a bit. I don't think they're doing that here.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 6:49 a.m. CST

    How can you dislike "Children of Men?"

    by daggor

    They iced Julianne Moore in the first act. My kinda' movie.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Aliens isn't in the same class as 2001 nor The Thing

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    I don't know if any of them are in the same class, but Aliens is definitely in the lowest.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    lockesbrokenleg

    by AsimovLives

    Quite the contrary, Dawson's Trek got much, much, much more hype. Just remember how everybody was sucking it's dick when it came out. This movie is very discreet by comparison.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    chuckle... yeah, Colbert "sends up"

    by ironic_name

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    chuckle... yeah, Colbert "mocks". happy now ?

    by G100

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    7 min Trailer at Con...

    by Russman

    had me sold. There's so much more to this movie than the commercials show. I can't wait

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    As pumped as I am for this film

    by ELGordo

    I am more pumped to see John cocksucking Campea and his butt boy Rodney eat their smug fucking words after watching this. But I'm sure Rodney will do his best to hide his love for this film because of the hate he and John have spread towards Peter Jackson and Blomkamp. Themovieblog.com is a waste of cyberspace.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    If the CHUD guy liked it, that's all that matters.

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Cause he's the barometer for everyhting!

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Both 2001 and Children of Men...

    by Hugh G Rekshun

    ...are snorefests of highest order...no matter how many pretentious fools continue to praise them. Alien and The Thing are so far above them that it's laughable to use them in the same paragraph.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Hey there Cobbio

    by gad

    You know, with all of the FUD out there that accompanies each and every movie I never actually give up on a movie. There are those movies that I'm compelled to go and see the week they come out and then there are those that I'll see maybe near the end of their run and then there are those I'll wait for the video on HBO to show up. Once in a while I'm fooled by the noise about a movie - Speed Racer was one I was marginally interested in - heard bad things about it and didn't see it until it showed up on HBO and I was wrong. For me, it was a great fun movie about Speed Racer and it evoked the feel of the original from back in the day. I'll get the DVD or Blu-Ray of that one. Children of Men started smelling when it was first pimped here and elsewhere but I did give it a view when it made it to cable and yup, it still was as foul as I had thought. This one will get a peek from me when it shows up on cable in about six months and like many of the movies pimped here and elsewhere it'll show up on Oxygen or Spike channel with little or no fanfare making the claims that it's the next best thing since sliced bread and Citizen Kane to be as laughable as I already see them. But of course, we'll have moved on to the next greatest movie you must see by then and this will be a distant memory.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Chesterfield Slacks and Cobbio

    by Rand92

    <p>Chesterfield: There is nothing wrong with liking a film that makes you think. There are plenty of films out there that I think are entertaining that make you think. What I do not think is entertaining are films whose purpose, in addition to making you think, is to just slam society. Do I need a movie to tell me that war is terrible? Or people are starving? Or people can be violent? No. I get that on the news. I go to movies to have fun and get lost in a good story or even just a fun escapist story. The be-all and end-all of films does not have to be high art or social commentary. For example: Star Trek had social commentary, but did not beat us over the head with it and offered hope and the belief that people can be good. I believe that very, very few people go to movies to be educated or to see high art. They go to have fun. As much as you love to see the human condition, most people do not go to films for that. And why not make a film that shows the good as well as the bad to show hope? Humans are not all bad and to make a film that trashes the species serves no purpose. Now, if you point out the bad and then demonstrate the good, then you've got possibilities. Just showing how bad we are is not fun or uplifting. That's why Transformers 2 made a ton of money and will probably make way more than this one.</p> <p>Cobbio: I don't have to think harder about my opinion. It is valid whether you agree or not. My comments were not meant to convey the belief that there can be no art that is critical. My complaint was that too many people are ready to hail this film as terrific JUST BECAUSE of the criticism. As I commented above. I hear enough about how bad the world is from the news. When I shell out way too much money for a little hard-earned entertainment, I don't want to see a movie that is all doom and gloom and no hope. I don't want to see more of humans are evil. I want the film to show the good in people. You can make a film that does exactly what this one does yet not be so heavy-handed as to offend people. Since you generalized my world-view from a few sentences, allow me to comment on what I think your words say about you. You seem to think that anyone who has the audacity to be proud of what they are and do not enjoying seeing it trashed by Hollywood, are insensitive. Maybe we should all be whipping ourselves daily for our sins against everyone. You also do not seem to think that art for entertainment's sake is worthy of the name art. All art to you has to offer some kind of criticism. Would you go see a movie that celebrated humans? That celebrated your gender or nationality? Most people would rather see the later because it is more fun. Noone wants to hear the bad all the time. You Hollywood and big-city elitists just don't get that. It's your way or it is the wrong way. Also, the reason that Terminator and The Matrix were well-received by the public was because they entertained and kept the social commentary to the undertones. Also notice that the humans were the good guys and the machines the bad guys. That speaks more to the average every-day person.</p>

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Well, back in the day if you told me a GI JOE and

    by lockesbrokenleg

    a Transformers LIVE ACTION movie would be out in the same summer, I'd have been like, "Wow. Really?" But now we're just shrugging them off.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Hugh G bone to pick....

    by Stan Grossman

    There's a reason 2001 is regarded as one of the greatest films off all time and thats because it is. Arguably Kubrick's best(ahem, stranglove or full metal jacket in my opinion)film. There is frankly no other film like it. Ever. Every frame oozes perfection and wonder. Not only that but the film holds the distintion of being the greatest pure effects film ever lensed, period. All done in camera might I add. You are def not the first to accuse it of being boring and im sure you wont be the last. I myself felt the same when I was like six and saw it for the first time. I was also obsessed with all things star wars so go figure. Complete oppisites. There is no crazy sound design. Only one of the finest minamalist sound designs ever put together. Think of that breathing sequence. So simple yet vastly effective. No shootouts or explosions. Instead we have a "fight sequence" that tries to analyze our species inherently violent tendacies, And the root of such actions. Self defense, survival, control or simply the need to dominate everything around us. Watch as the Hal9000 exhibits the same traits of the apes in the dawn of man sequence. If only more films posed questions like these more often the movie buisness would'nt seem so hollow. 2001 is an exciting, interesting, superbly crafted testament to mankinds infinite curiousty and possibility. Both the film itself and the story it tells. Boring? I don't think so.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    wasn't the point of children of men that

    by martinlutherkrangjr

    even though people fuck up there world and and act terribly towards each other that the children and future generations can learn from our mistakes and can make the future a better place? I didn't see it as a doom and movie.

  • Aug. 3, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Re: Rand92

    by Cobbio

    Point taken, Rand92. You made a good case to defend your beliefs, and that's cool. To answer your question: I don't think all art has to offer some kind of criticism. However, I do think it has to observe, stylistically, the good and bad of human existence as well as present unpopular points of view. It's like a mirror.<p> There are plenty of movies I love and a few stories I've published that salute humanity for the great things characters can accomplish. But I also recognize that humans are often self-centered, self-important survivalists who resort to questionable tactics in response to perceived threats. This is generally our nature.<p> The fact you don't want to see humanity presented in a negative light is interesting to me. I don't exactly know what it means or how to feel about it, but I generally think it's limiting. It makes me think you have a hard time accepting criticism.<p> But I respect your opinion. I'll leave it at that.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 6:51 a.m. CST

    District 9 Birther sub plot

    by LeftFoot

    If District 9 turns out to be big hit, just as it is taking off the aluminum-hat birther movement will claim it is a metaphor for Obama and his army sneakily taking over the planet.<p>Connect the dots people: Obama or someone in his family or someone that voted for him is named Christopher--right? You think you'll see any alien's birth certificate in this movie? Of course not. You think all these coincidences are just an accident? <p> I think my keyboard just pushed my hands away and choked. I need to refill my meds.<p>

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    2001

    by spohlso

    What Stan said

  • Aug. 8, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Saw it in Austin

    by Rustle

    I'm glad I waited to read the review till I did, as it was great to see it spoiler free.. That said, Massa is right. This is a really great thoughtfull film. The best Sci-Fi since Children of Men..

  • Aug. 10, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    asimov lives

    by evil dead 3d

    roger ebert has an amazing article of the dumbing down of america vis a vis movies and american youth, etc.. with comments by kids and adults.. very cool indeed http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/08/the_gathering_dark_age.html

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