District 9

Hands down the most interesting and entertaining film of the summer. District 9 makes a political statement like non other. I found it slightly disorienting at first but once the show gets under way, there is no holding it back. Although the actors are not common names in the industry, they nonetheless pulled off an impressive show and made the story so believable. District 9 is an alien story with a twist. It shows the dark side of man when it comes to dealing with first contact and extra terrestrials. Fortunately, this is Hollywood and it gives us a feel-good ending at the end. Well, sort of.

District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a 2005 short film directed by Blomkamp and produced by Sharlto Copley. Like the short film it’s based on, District 9 takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa, and poses analogies to the events that occured during the apartheid system enforced by South African government between 1948 and 1994. The title of the movie is a reference to District Six, a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, South Africa, declared a “whites only” area by the apartheid government in 1966, with a population of 60,000 forcibly relocated to Cape Flats, 25 kilometres away.

Honestly, I find this film extremely difficult to describe because it is quite unlike your normal Hollywood alien block-buster. Just go watch it!

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered/Professional Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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