Thursday, August 20, 2009

No Humans Allowed

JediBoy and I went to see District 9 a few nights ago. We think you should, too.

Yup, it's definitely sci-fi. It has a fair helping of weaponry a-blazin' and a big spaceship and lots of running around. The special effects are simply not very noticeable - they're just that good. On a technical level, I don't know that I've ever seen anything like it. I mean that in a good way.

There are some negatives, I suppose: a few plot holes that are pretty minor to all but the most prickly critics.

If action and effects floats your boat, then it's a pretty good bet for your movie dollars. But the reasons JediBoy and I walked out of the darkness loving this movie are the reasons that any movie is deemed 'great': story and characters.

I'll not give much away, except to say that the story-line does not rely on explosions or loud noises (although it does make liberal use of the F-word). Instead, it plays with your emotions, ties them into knots, and takes you to a conclusion that makes sense. The characters - especially Sharlto Copely in the lead - are fully-formed, economical, and mostly mesmerizing from the moment you first meet them. Altogether, this movie explores what it is to be human and humane.

We loved this movie. And we bet you will, too.