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Sunday, February 7, 2010

MisenPopic Movie Review: District 9

Last night I finally got around to watching District 9, and I'm a little bit perplexed on how this movie got nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Don't get me wrong, it was a unique and interesting movie and one of the cooler movies about aliens that I have seen. It was like a mixture of Independence Day, Transformers, and Predator all rolled into one movie. It was a fun movie, but not worthy of an award unless Peter Jackson's name has automatically become synonomous with awards since his Lord Of The Rings movies. My buddy Kevin was right when he indicated that Star Trek should have gotten nominated instead. Not only was Star Trek a better science fiction film, but a better overall film. The only Oscar award that District 9 deserves might be for editing.

With that all said, I still thought the movie was entertaining and I smell a new sci-fi franchise coming because the movie left a lot of things open for a possible sequel or even prequel. If you didn't already know, the basic premise of this movie which I pulled from IMDB is: An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. The alien creatures were very creepy looking and a job well done by the Weta Workshop for their amazing visual effects. If you are a sci-fi fan, I'm sure you have already seen this movie. If not, it's definitely your cup of tea.

Grade: B (Did not meet expectations, and should not have been nominated for the big prize at the Oscars. Thanks to the new rule of 10 nominated films, District 9 gets recognized.)


  1. I felt it was a great premise that could have been done alot better. A good movie, Id 100% agree with your B rating. I just dont get the best picture nod, like I said before Star Trek is just flat out a better movie.

  2. Yeah a good movie, maybe one of the 25 best sci-fi films ever, but not an Oscar-worthy film!