July 22, 2009

Do not go to District 9, unless you are an alien

This has better be good. Yet another alien invasion movie but just look at that name hanging between earth and that spacecraft. Peter Jackson. The maestro who gave us Lord of the Rings and the new King Kong. Okay, he is just a producer for this one but hey, if he endorsed it, maybe this video game short film turned movie can be something, right? Let us just hope so.

There are a lot of movies out there which languished in obscurity without really making an impact on the movie scene. With Peter Jackson producing it, I hope he flexed his administrative muscle, which is what a producer supposed to do, and do a credible job on it. In short, there is a lot of hope attached to this film. 

And there is also the hope I can watch it earlier than others in Malaysia as I hope this blog post will get noticed by Nuffnang which is holding a contest giving out tickets for the premiere screening of this movie. If not, if the review is bad, I may not even watch it. Which I hope is not the case for a film endorsed by Peter Jackson.

Here is what has been posted in their official website :

Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. 

Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them. 

Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens’ welfare – they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens’ awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA.

The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: 

District 9

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