Tuesday, January 19, 2010

#27 District 9: I kill 3 humans, watch out for me.

2009. dir. Neil Blonkamp, starring Sharlto Copley, Vanessa Haywood, David James, Jason Cope.

Seen it before? No.

This one comes to us all the way from South Africa, where an alien mothership has parked over downtown Johannesburg. (It's not quite as big as the ones from Independence Day, but same ballpark.) It's full of aliens that are kind of half-human, half crustacean, half-insect. This particular group of aliens appears to be the worker drones - they don't know how to fly the ship, so it just hangs there in the air. Eventually the humans have to get the aliens out of the ship, and set up a shantytown for them to live in... which becomes overcrowded and crime-ridden, so the corporation running things sets up a larger, crappier shantytown far away from Johannesburg. The guy placed in charge of it, Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley, who is apparently not a professional actor... in fact I've never seen any of the people in this movie in anything else) gets in way over his head. Mayhem ensues.

It's a pretty good sci-fi movie. I think there was some sort of allegory about apartheid or something, but I lost track because they had these cool alien weapons that made people's heads as-plode.

Position on the list: 104
South African swear words I learned from this film: Doos, fooken, bliksem

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