Sci Fi Movie Podcast District 9

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Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Robin S., Jonathan Colbon and Ian Fults

Podcast length: 58:13

This time on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, we’re digging deeper into one of the best Sci-Fi Movies to come out in years: District 9 from 2009 and directed by Neill Blomkamp.  We’re very please to welcome back Robin to discuss this very meaty story.

District 9 is based on a a short film made by Neill Blomkamp in 2006 called Alive in Joburg. When the movie adaptation for Halo fell through, Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp decided to turn ‘Joburg’ into a full length movie.

The Positive
Playing as both a documentary and gritty Sci-Fi movie, District 9 takes the Alien arrival premise to a place we haven’t seen since ‘Alien Nation’, but does it in a much darker and realistic way.  The motion capture of the ‘Prawns’ done by actor Jason Cope was convincing and realistic.  We also see the obvious parallels between the segregation of the Prawns and the now dismantled Apartheid system.  District 9 also explores what it is to be human and asks, ‘At what point does a person stop being human and become mere property’.  Sharlto Copely was mesmerizing in the role, taking us through his tragic transformation in a way we seldom see done so well.

The Negative
Even a film as good as District 9 has a few faults.  One of them seemed to be the portrayal of the Nigerians, who were depicted and being evil and despicable to an absurd level.  The portrayal of Wikus’ father and the MNU Colonel were somewhat flat, giving us only cardboard cut-out villains.  We found it confusing that the fluid that Christopher so painstakingly collected over the years could power a ship and also turn Wickus into a Prawn.

The Verdict
We consider District 9 to be necessary Sci-Fi watching.  If you haven’t seen it yet, why not?

More Information:

Apartheid – “The State Of Being Apart”

Here’s the original short film called “Alive in Joburg”

 

Atlantic Film Festival – Attack of the District 9 ship!

 

Tetra Vaal,…see it on the wall?

Tetra Vaal

Here’s the original Tetra Vaal Video:

Artists United Against Apartheid

 

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Sci Fi Movie Podcast District 9