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Old 24th Feb 2010, 00:55
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District Nine

Brilliant story from Peter Jackson, love the SA accent and attitude, also thought the Nigerian contingent was very accurately portrayed, a great Sci-Fi twist on apartheid, hope he wins the golden statues.
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Old 24th Feb 2010, 01:02
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racist sci-fi babble, reflecting but ultimately trivializing apartheid. Billed as 'new sci-fi' but was actually recycled cat food.
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Old 24th Feb 2010, 01:16
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Retired peacefully in the sunny Greek isles have ya' Charles?
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Old 24th Feb 2010, 05:39
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reflecting but ultimately trivializing apartheid
Perhaps but probably far harder on the Parktown prawn than (the model for those aliens) than it was on the Nigerians. Actually reflects some current downtown Johannesburg realities, unfortunately, and a better film than the sugar coated Invictus that is currently doing the rounds.

An enjoyable bit of scifi.

From the Wiki.

The resilience and strength of the Parktown prawn allowed two cartoon versions to become objects of humour in the well known South African cartoon strip Madam & Eve, inspiring fear in Gwen Anderson and Eve Sisulu. In the cartoons, the Parktown prawns get 'high' on insecticide (in reference to their size and how much poison is required to kill them), and produce two prawn-shaped indentations on the bottom of a frying pan with which they are swatted, in reference to their hard exoskeletons.

In the 1980s Andrew Buckland's acclaimed play 'The Ugly Noo Noo' used Parktown Prawns as part of an extended parody of South African politics of the time.

Neill Blomkamp's 2009 science fiction film District 9 features aliens dubbed 'prawns' by Johannesburg residents, apparently inspired by the aliens' resemblance to the Parktown variety.
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Old 24th Feb 2010, 05:40
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bugg smasher,

I agree - I thought District 9 was a refreshing change from the usual rubbish that a sci-fi movie is constructed from. Partly because it didn't result in New York/Washington DC/Paris/London being destroyed within a few days of whatever it is that decided to visit Earth!

Speaking of which, a movie which does actually manage to pull off the whole destruction scenario is Cloverfield, very unique and amazingly produced considering the relatively small budget they were on. Probably one of the most convincing movies I've ever seen, I'd reccommend checking it out if you liked D9!

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Cloverfield is a totally different movie than D9 - although Cloverfield could callously be described as "Blair Witch Project" meets Godzilla, (which was rather campy and poked fun at itself and the genre) Cloverfield had a gritty first person realism (so much so that some movie goers actually suffered from nausea with all the shaking and blurry action)

D9 to me was kinda bad, not just because it was 'bad' but because it had the potential to be a lot more, hinted at the potential, then shirked it and huddled into a wannabe South African "Men in Black" - dont get me wrong, its not a waste of a movie ticket like so much of the Hollywood shit is these days, but is definitely NOT Oscar material on any level.

Fan Boys obsess over it, but the actual story presented is actually quite worn and shows its age. (remember Alien Nation? Alien Nation (1988) )
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Not just Peter Jackson, it was written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, a S. African director (hence the JoBurg location)

I thought it was a great movie myself, much better than Avatar storywise, and the effects are brilliant considering the budget.

Other similar films I'd recommend would be Pitch Black (an incredibly low budget scifi film, where Vin Diesel started to make his mark, it's not as bad as you'd think) and Pan's Labyrinth.
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Old 24th Feb 2010, 17:46
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I thought it was very good indeed, and I used to live in SA. The title of the movie (and part of the plot) is a reference to an incident from Apartheid history: the District Six clearances. There's also a fair amount of SA humour in there, such as the "prawns" label, and the name of the main character invokes any number of Van Der Merwe jokes. (If the film was set in Wales, he'd be named Taffy. )

I don't understand the "fanboy" comment above. Other people like it, you don't, so those other people can be dismissed as "fanboys"? Can't be Peter Jackson "fanboys", since his involvement was limited to finance and special effects, not story or setting. Does not compute.
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Other similar films I'd recommend would be Pitch Black (an incredibly low budget scifi film, where Vin Diesel started to make his mark, it's not as bad as you'd think) and Pan's Labyrinth.
Spot on there along with the PB sequel The Chronicles of Riddick, straight (ish) no nonsense S/F with a wee twist, both fav's when you just want to watch and enjoy.

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Not seen it yet, but Cousin Mike reckon's it's one of the best films he's seen.

Took the Mrs to see Invictus last week. Good story, bit of rugger, and no namby pamby softy stuff.

That Orange Wednesday worked well, but still cost seven quid to get in.

And don't start me off on the price of popcorn.
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Old 25th Feb 2010, 03:29
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Wasn't what I was expecting, format-wise, but I thought it was great. And without taking anything away from it being a South African film, it's vintage Peter Jackson in that it's essentially an off-beat splatter movie, which is what he cut his teeth on, and probably why he agreed to make it.

Full marks all round.
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