Thursday, November 19, 2009

UFO Film for the weekend of November 19: "District 9"

The first half of "District 9" does such a good job setting up clever allegorical situations - this time, the humans oppress the aliens! - and lovingly sketching out an alternate universe that it feels like a missed opportunity when the film's second half turns into a conventional chase thriller. That said, first-time director Neill Blomkamp stages his action with the giddy glee of producer Peter Jackson's early horror movies, and the special effects are superior to those in blockbusters with 10 times this film's shoestring budget.

-Raj Ranade '10