Alifah Amelya

This is a definitely must watch movie.
I mean it.
Right after watching it, my hands just itching to write the review.
So, here I go.

This movie is not a typical alien-came -to-earth movie. For me, it's more than that. *warning: spoiler* In the movie, the aliens is forced to live as refugees on earth after their spaceship broke down. Humans despise them because they firmly believe that the aliens don't belong here. Aliens discrimination can be seen everywhere even after they have stayed for almost two decades; aliens can't share the playground with humans, can't use the subway and they even can't dine in the restaurant. They have no choice but to live in slums where poverty and crimes escalate each and every day.

I view the aliens in this movie as a metaphor of the Palestinian Muslims and the human race as the Israeli's Jews; as if the director is trying to tell the audience about how the Palestinians were abused of their right and freedom. Actually, this movie can be view from many different angle. It's totally up to the audience. I don't know why, but the thought of Jews and Palestinians just hits me during the part when Wikus (the leading actor) intrudes the aliens' homes with armed MNU officers. You'll understand more of what I'm babbling after you watch the movie for yourself.

At one point I started thinking. Who is the director? What actually he wanted to convey through his movie? So, i googled the movie and the director. Result: The movie is written by Teri Tatchell and Neill Blomkamp; but Neill alone directed the movie.

[Source: Wikipedia] Neill Blomkamp is a South African born, Vancouver BC -based director of feature-length and short films and advertisements. Blomkamp employs a documentary-style, hand-held, cinema verite technique, blending seamlessly with naturalistic and photo-realistic computer generated effects. He directed a series of three short films set in the Halo universe (known collectively as Landfall) and in 2008 he won the Cannes Lions 2008 – Film Lions Grand Prix for the HALO "combat" web commercial. He was slated to direct his first feature, an adaptation of the Halo video game before funding for that film collapsed. Peter Jackson, the producer of that project, decided instead to produce an adaptation of Blomkamp's earlier short film Alive in Joburg. Blomkamp directed District 9 which was released in August, 2009.

[Source: Wikipedia]
From the movie, MNU's eviction and relocation of the aliens is based on District Six, a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, South Africa. The district was declared a "whites only" area by the apartheid government in 1966 and the population of 60,000 forcibly relocated to Cape Flats, 25 kilometres away during the following years.

So, there you go. That is what on his mind. Not same with mine, but it's a free world. You can sue me for thinking differently...i think? Whatever.

I have much more to tell actually, for instance the unique marketing campaign of this movie (click here for more info), but I'll be striping the suspense out of it. The only solution is, GO AND WATCH THE MOVIE la! Tell me after that what you think of the movie, ok?

p/s: I've developed a habit - watching movie all by myself! Kinda fun actually, just grab your key and drove to the nearest cinema. No hassle. Try it!
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