At the other end of the sci-fi spectrum, opposite Duncan Jones’s wonderful feature debut Moon, another modestly-budgeted film has managed to renew my faith in the genre. One that also is graced with deft performances, a fantastic story and strong human themes. And it’s mostly populated by CGI aliens. I’m referring to the alien apartheid morality tale District 9 by South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp.
Watching the film last month was such an exhilarating experience, something I hadn’t felt at a sci-fi movie since I saw James Cameron’s Aliens in the theater—23 years ago.
Here’s Blomkamp’s short “Alive in Joburg” that was the germ for the film: