A List for 2009 – District 9

This was the best movie I saw all year.  District 9, by Neill Blomkamp.  It’s like a creature from a bestiary, made from the parts of many different animals.  It’s a sci-fi blockbuster with aliens and giant robots, yes, but it’s also an exploration of prejudice and a take on possibly the best short story ever written, Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.  It has an engrossing central performance by Sharlto Copley and because it’s from South Africa it’s gloriously free of boring Hollywood cliches.

I know this film divides people.  The sci-fi and action movie parts don’t appeal to everyone.  But if you’re unsure about it I’d urge you not to be put off by its genre.  It’s one of those works that exposes genre as the ugly, blinkered beast that genre really is.  As for me, I’m waiting with bated breath for whatever its creators do next.

With 2010 newly arrived, I’m going to be wrapping up the list soon with a final top 3 post.  Before that I have a few bits of house-keeping to do on this site, as well as some book news to impart.  More soon…

Comments 2

  1. Chris Parvin wrote:

    I can’t agree more. Some of my friends wouldn’t go and see it in the cinema because it was sci-fi, others read people’s reviews and through a political/racial film sounded boring. I have since made them sit down and watch the DVD. It changed their minds. Though I still stand alone thinking the leading man was funny, but he is such a jobs worth!

    Posted 12 Jan 2010 at 1:11 am
  2. Ali wrote:

    Well you have my support in fiding him funny. Bumbling and officious and totally out of his depth. And I think I will be following your example and holding DVD persuasion sessions.

    Thanks for posting,

    Ali

    Posted 13 Jan 2010 at 10:21 am