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Peter Jackson on New SciFi Hit "District 9": Will It Be Bigger Than Space Odyssey: 2001?

District-9-poster We think it's a first: a scifi movie opening with 97% on the take-no-prisoners RottenTomatoes T-Meter. The consensus: "technically brilliant and socially poignant, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic". Filmed in a quasi-documentary style, the $30-million special-effects-heavy film from newcomer Neill Blomkamp, produced by genre-master Peter Jackson, follows the social and geo-political repercussions of aliens crash-landing in Johannesburg where they are sequestered in an apartheid-style homeland, treated like refugees and forced to work for humans. They soon find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.

After 48 seconds of documentary-style interviews with people expressing concerns about recent immigrants, District 9 zooms into high gear with a spaceship crash landing impact. An alien interrogation ensues, but by then an intriguing framework sells the idea that this won’t be your ordinary special-effects-crazed thriller. The concept for this movie is unique. In a world where aliens existed  the first thing a government would need to do to manage their existence, with regulations and restrictions, curfews, news of where you can and can't go.

Rotten_tomatoes "District 9" producer Peter Jackson took pains to explain to the LA Times that "It's a unique take on the science-fiction genre," he said. "It has dramatized sequences and uses home movie clips. But it's not like 'Cloverfield.' It doesn't remind you of anyone else's movie."

The movie's off-line promotions employ signage that deliberately echoes "Whites only" placards once seen in the South as well as cultural touchstones from Blomkamp's upbringing in apartheid-era South Africa. "Warning: Restricted area for humans only," reads an ad painted on a New York City wall. serves as a primer to the self-contained world of "District 9," detailing security guidelines for humans and "non-humans."

Posted by Casey Kazan.

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I'm sure the movie will be incredible but 2001 has been around 40 years.

Wow, now this is for me...thank you Hollywood...

Just saw it today. Thought it was VERY different but good. No 2001 however.

This is not unique; circa Alien Nation. But even then, an alien ship "crashes" to earth, but is still hovering above the ground? Aliens who have the technical fortitude to travel great distances are essentiall enslaved by humans who can't get to the next nearest planet? Seriously, it may be chock full of great effects, but no one really thought the plot through, did they? Kind of like Transformers 2; the special effects were great, but the plot totally sucked as did the off hand gestures. When will Hollywood stop shoveling crap at us expecting money in return just because some out of touch directors/screenplay writers thought it was worth it. Ever tried getting a refund for your movie ticket? Good luck...

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