John & Becky’s Movie Review of District 9

District9Becky and I went to see the new movie District 9 last night with our friends Rod & Kimberly Tactaquin at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO. The Fandango website at District 9 describes the movie as follows:

“Aliens become refugees in South Africa where they are kept isolated from any human contact. While being contained in the refuge being ignored of their welfare, their weapons become the sole interest of Multi-National United (MNU). But only one man , Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), can activate these weapons. He becomes hunted for and only one place can give him refuge, District 9…”

The Review
District 9 was supposed to be the flick Becky and I would go and see with Rod & Kimberly to end a weekend of pretty bad movies, but this was just one more.  It’s like that film Cloverfield with the real life camera work, but this movie was one of the worst sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen. I think the 1948 black and white film, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein would have been better entertainment.

Goblin Network AdThe story is about these aliens who land in South Africa and they are placed in District 9 as a refugee camp that turns violent. The advanced alien life form have super weapons, but they like to dine on cat food instead of gain their freedom from men and they look like giant bugs. The military contractors want their weapons, so there is an underlying motive to having them in the camps, but they want to evict them for political reasons and need their signatures for legal reasons, if you can imagine. Since these alien bugs will kill you without hesitation.

The film is disturbing on a number of levels, it’s certainly not entertaining, with plenty of nasty violence and a really pathetic story fueled with desperate characters. If anything it’s depressing and we got so fed up with it that we had to leave and couldn’t wait for the supposedly spectacular ending. Rod & Kimberly stayed, poor Kimberly.

The movie was just plain bad and I’m amazed people liked it as much as they did, since all I heard was how great it was.  The dude from Lord of the Rings produced it, Peter Jackson, so his fans are probably trying to pump him up as a Spielberg genius, but you would never know the same guy was involved in both movies.  About the only thing the two films have in common are black blood from goblins and aliens, but other than that this is not even a good rental where Lord of the Rings was fantastic.

Rod did like it for some reason and thought it was a good Science Fiction flick, but I’ve seen better episodes of the X-Files on T.V. than this goofy film. Rod is a Peter Jackson fan though, so that might have had something to do with it. I’m going to tease him that he’s a Peter Jackson “groupie”.

Our eleven year old could have written a better script. Actually, come to think of it, I would love to see somebody make The Last Apprentice book series with Tom Ward and Alice into a movie, instead of this crazy stuff. That would be entertaining to watch on the big screen and super scary because there is a great story.

Kimberly, Becky and I all thought District 9 was a complete waste of time. What’s “Nine” in German – No.

John – * Don’t Bother
Becky – * Don’t Bother

Rod – *** Worth The Trip
Kimberly – * Don’t Bother

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