**Caution! Spoiler Ahead!!**
Finally! I watched this movie! It has been awhile that I wanted to watch this movie because the rating is very high in Rotten Tomatoes which is 89%. Other than that, I heard people said that this movie used different shooting skill which was like Cloverfield if you guys remember.
I love Cleverfield because it was so real, the whole movie was like recorded with DV camera. When Cloverfield released in Malaysia in 2008, there was two sided reviews, one group which was like me, love the story and the shooting style, another group of people hate it and some of them even vomit during the half way of the movie because of the dizziness. Well, I think it is more difficult for Malaysian audiences to accept new element. Most of them were like typical movie watcher who only enjoy those popcorn movies, action or movie full of visual effects, pathetic.
Here is the trailer of District 9..
As you can see in this trailer, there are some scenes which were like interviewing, and some black people saying their opinions about District 9. Actually that was in the movie, the first half of the movie were like documentary, interviewing and scene taken from breaking news, some of the scenes taken from CCTV videos. Maybe some people can’t accept this type of shooting style, but please la! Open your mind and focus on the story instead of visual effects, action and explosions!!! Gosh..
District 9, is a movie about aliens, but it was not like those usual alien movie from the past, which normally about alien attacking human, alien wants to take over the world.. bla bla bla.. NO! In this movie, alien were treated badly on earth. They were like low level animal and they called them ‘prawn’ and they were quarantined in a slum area at Africa called ‘District 9’ for more than 20 years. There were 2.5 millions of the alien’s population and they’re still growing! They were not welcome but they can’t go back to their planet because their spaceship have not enough materials which was like a power source.
On the other hand, human are so cruel and selfish! They can do anything just for their own benefits! In the beginning of the movie, when the main character, Wikus who worked with the government department called MNU, they went into district 9 to tell the aliens that they have to move to another area called district 10 because the locals not welcome them and wish them to move far away from human habitat. Then they found a house which full of alien’s egg, I feel so uneasy when they poke the egg and there were alien baby make suffering voice but the man torturing the baby still smiling happily without any guilty face. Then they burn down the house and saying to the camera (because this part were like recorded with DV camera) “Did you hear that? There were some popping noise, it was incredible!”.. So CRUEL!!
After that, he found a device and he accidentally exposed to the liquid from the device. That liquid was actually the power source where the alien found from the junk for 20 years and collect from some of the broken parts of the aliens equipments. Then after the exposure, Wikus DNA transforming slowly into aliens! His injured hand transform fully into alien’s hand. Again, human are so selfish!! When the scientist saw that phenomena, they captured him and make him to do experiments to use the alien’s weapons. Because their weapons doesn’t work with human’s hand. Then in the end, the scientist said that Wikus was valuable with all those biotechnology experiments and they have to kill him to take all his organs for experiments!! So CRUEL!! Luckily he manage to escape and hide inside District 9 because he got no where else to go.
But what I not understand in this movie is, since the aliens have so advance and powerful weapon, why don’t they fight back and stop bullied by human?
Since they have so high technology weapon they can actually fight back and take over earth. But then it’ll become another another popcorn movie la 😛 I heard some people said because the aliens that stuck on earth were actually the “workers” not the “fighters”, so that is why they don’t fight back. But workers can also fight back if they were seriously mistreated isn’t it? 😛
Another thing confused me is, how human and alien can communicate? In this movie human can understand alien’s language and alien can understand human language as well. Some people said because the alien already stay on earth for 20 years of course they must have learned to communicate with human. But alien language don’t have dictionary or translator as reference, how can those human learn the alien language without having any references? Hmm.. Curious 😛
In the end, (well maybe I’ll spoiled you for this, but I’ve already written caution on top of this post :P) one of the alien (they called him Christopher) successfully escape using the liquid energy he found, he drove their spaceship away. But other alien still remained on earth. He said that he will go back to their planet and call for backup to save his own kind and help reveal Wikus back to human form. Here is the question, what will going to happened next? District 9 has been moved to District 10 and that place were far more worst and jail-alike. Is Christopher is going to bring back an army and attack human for their revenge? Or he’ll just come back to save his own kind? Or he’ll not come back at all? Let’s wait the answer to be revealed on the second episode!!
Before the movie end there were a small action packed where Wikus was chased by the MNU. And he ride a alien-made robots and have a little fights scenes there.
Highly recommend everyone to watch this movie, you can see how selfish human can be. And I like movies that have both storyline + visual effects.
But sadly many people don’t know how to appreciate this type of movie. My girlfriend and her friends wanted to watch this movie and while they were buying tickets, the ticket seller told them this movie not nice! And they end up watching Orphan instead =.=” How can he influenced customers?!! Unbelievable.. PATHETIC!!!
I rate this movie 9/10.. Two thumbs up!!
P/S: I am listening to Penang Hokkien Live Podcast ghost story while writing this post, so if there’s any mistake please point it out to me la 😛 By the way, the ghost story so scary, I have to sleep with lights on 🙁