Originally Posted by Litmus Configuration
I enjoyed it very much and thought it was pretty stunning filmmaking but I'm not finding myself so stirred as to be tossing "Best Picture Oscar" or "best movie of Summer 2009" around so easily.
The subject matter was compelling. The plot was unexpected. The performances were engaging. The visual effects were fantastic. The action was energetic. And it was even touching and funny.
And yet, even with all that, I'm not as orgasmic about this film as I was over MOON, WORLD'S GREATEST DAD or even the incredibly flawed-but-effective STAR TREK. There's a strange logic and flow to DISTRICT 9 that kept me at arm's length through most of it. I think the only time I ever really unconditionally loved the film (aside from Wilkus' disturbingly giddy description of "popcorn") was during the spirited mecha-battle in the third act.
Spoilers ahoy...and perhaps more perceptive viewers than myself will provide explanations that I somehow missed...
The idea that the black liquid was both spaceship fuel AND a genetically transformative virus was a bit goofy and convenient. (And why was the fuel even necessary if the Mothership had that tractor beam all along?) The fact that the transformation produced a full-blown alien hand within a few hours but then virtually nothing else for days was odd. What was the point of the massive eviction operation when the aliens remained in D9 afterwards as if nothing happened? And if the aliens had these working weapons at their disposal, why not use them? An army of a million aliens in mecha-suits armed with pulse rifles? They could have taken over JHB with them.
Don't get me wrong, I really think it's a highly impressive film in pretty much every category. But I can't help but feel a little distant from it as well. Still, I hope between this and MOON, we start to see more thoughtful indie science fiction on the way.
I see what you mean. I personally wasnt too impressed with Star Trek so we cant see eye to eye there, but regarding the plot points:
- To the best of my recollection, the tractor beam was activated from inside the escape ship, which needed the fuel to even turn on. Diplomatic Immunity didnt know such a beam existed, which is why he attempted to fly it up there.
- About the spread of the DNA, I noticed that too. As the days went on you did however see it spreading, albeit slowly, to his back and torso. But yeah, seems weird that it would create a whole new limb within a day then pause itself for a while.
- It looks like the eviction was going to be a work in progress type thing over the course of a few days, especially when you considered homeboy called it a day right after he got the alien jizz in his face.
Just my opinion. Perhaps Im wrong.