I just finished watching District 9 for the first time (yes, I know, I'm a dork), and it was outstanding. This film just reinforces my opinion that fantasy, horror and science fiction make for the most insightful and searing social commentary.
Highlights for me:
- I can't believe that the lead, Sharlto Copley, had never acted in anything before this role. He was absolutely riveting.
- I really enjoyed the fact that for most of the movie, I had no idea where it was going to end up.
- It's awful that the shacks in District 9 were actually real; people had been living there and were relocated from them, much like in the plot of the film
- The CGI was amazingly seamless. The last time I remember anything that alien being inserted so noticeably unnoticeably into something was Ryuk in the Death Note movies.
The thing that pleased me the most, for personal reasons, was the parallel (both storyline and visually-wise) that Blomkamp drew between the scientists preparing to "harvest" Wikus and then, later, Obesandjo preparing to cut off his hand for the purposes of Muti.
Somebody needs to strap Michael Bay into a chair, Clockwork Orange-style, and make him watch this movie over and over. THIS is how you make an action movie—with robots and explosions—and do it with intelligence, thought and excitement in spades.
Now I'm *really* looking forward to Elysium.