Saturday, October 03, 2009

District 9


Last night Himself and I went to see this movie. Ok it started showing here 3 weeks ago but we hate going to watch a movie the day it comes out. Too many people pushing and shoving to get in. We like to take our time.

If you haven't seen it yet, this movie has put SA firmly on the international movie scene like Tsotsi the Oscar winner never could and like Leon Schuster likes to pretend he has.

The plot : Parktown prawn-like aliens park their spaceship over Johannesburg and 20 odd years later they are living in squalor and breeding at a rapid pace, with an angry human population wanting them removed. A company called MNU (read multinational agency trying their utmost to get their hands on alien weaponry, genetic engineering...) is in charge of the aliens. One agent, Wikus van der Merwe, is put in charge of forcibly removing the aliens to a new settlement some 200kms outside of Johannesburg as the human citizens do not want them anywhere near them (shades of apartheid at it's worst). Somewhere in the first 15 minutes or so, he is contaminated with a black liquid.....with MNU agents chasing him down because his human-alien DNA is now highly sought after.....

We laughed through most of the movie. The South African humour will probably be lost on an international audience, especially the Afrikaans bits.

If you enjoy sci-fi with a local lekker twist, go see this movie. You won't be disappointed.

1 comment:

medea said...

I saw the preview for it but had no idea it was a SA movie! How exciting. Hope it comes out in Japan.