There’s been a lot going on with all the news from the San Diego Comic-Con. In amongst it all and virtually behind the scenes a small group of lucky journo’s were treated to an exclusive screening of the Peter Jackson produced/Neill Blomkamp directed sci-fi thriller District 9.
Those journo’s are under an embargo and can’t post formal reviews, but the overwhelming response from them all is that District 9 is a fantastic movie.
Patrick Lee at SCI FI Wire refers to it as “the movie to beat” this year. Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub at Collider refers to it as “f*****g great!”. Scott Chitwood at Coming Soon says the film is “awesome.”
From SCI FI Wire:
And the consensus among a small group of viewers on Thursday night was that District 9 is the sci-fi movie to beat. We can’t give a formal review at this point, but we can tell you that the movie is original and unexpected, with a gritty look and visceral feel that deftly mixes complex visual effects with the grim reality of a South African slum and rocking action with deep character development. The movie combines social commentary, satire and splattery R-rated sci-fi action.
I’ll have a lot more to say about this film but the quick info is that it’s $$@$% great. We were asked not to tell you too much about it as to preserve the mystery, but suffice it to say it’s unlike anything I’ve seen and you will not believe what they managed to do with $30 million dollars. Also, Peter told us all the aliens were CGI in the movie, and that’s another thing that I couldn’t believe. They had some close-ups that looked truly amazing and it really looks so much more expensive than that price. If you thought the month of August would let you down, this is something to be excited for.
From Coming Soon:
I don’t want to reveal too much about it because going into it cold is the best possible way to see it, but I have to tell you this film was awesome. Every once in a while a great sci-fi film comes along that turns the genre on its a head. This felt like one of those films.
A little more detail has also surfaced around the story line. The film takes place 28 years after the arrival above Johannesburg, South Africa of a million insectoid aliens called “Prawns”. Humans and aliens now coexist in a violent, poverty stricken town-like camp referred to as District 9. Sharlto Copley plays a bureacrat who heads into the camp to forcibly relocate the aliens but things go wrong and Copley’s character is forced to forge an uneasy alliance with an alien and his young son.
There’s also a few new images available via SCI FI Wire.
Read more about the film and watch the original short film that District 9 is based upon here.
Watch the full length International District 9 Trailer here.
Play the District 9 free online game here.
District 9 will hit theaters:
14 August 2009 – USA
8 October 2009 – Australia