I don’t know many people who like this movie. Most of them just couldn’t engage with it. A lot were really thrown by the documentary style of the opening section.
Having seen it a few times now, I have to say that I really like it. I also admire it for being quite unlike anything else in the sci-fi movie realm. It does touch on issues raised in other sci-fi pics, but for me this one is different.
It’s always refreshing to have a movie about aliens arriving on Earth that doesn’t take place in the US. That it takes place in South Africa, obviously gives its themes about racism a kind of edge that you wouldn’t even get by setting it in relevant States of the US.
There is a lot more to like in District 9 than setting though. The way the aliens are not just ‘the big bad’ and don’t look – though bipedal – anything like humans is just fantastic. Human reactions to them are shown in an honest way, I think. The story as a whole is tightly written, and ticks all the boxes for a satisfying journey.
But what I’ve always liked about this movie is that the protagonist is so thoroughly unlikeable at the start. Yet, by the end you really feel for him.
I also think the cast is great, and the gritty realism of the CG gives this film its own feel. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.