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The trailer for District 9 lands on terra firma

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Friday, May 1, 2009

About three years back was when I first saw Neil Blomkamp's Alive in Joburg. It's a short science fiction film that's presented in documentary style about a fictional landing of strange-looking aliens that seek refuge in South Africa. The CG work of the aliens, their ship and their anti-grav technology were first-rate, and Blomkamp's short grew attention not just from the average folk cruising for new content on You Tube, but from Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson. Jackson wanted Blomkamp to direct the Halo movie but Universal and Paramount couldn't bring themselves to hand over $150 million dollars to a first-time feature director and so the Halo movie died.

Cut forward to the present day and Blomkamp and Jackson have done the best thing possible: they made a movie based on Alive in Joburg's interesting premise and practically under the radar of the online movie blogs/sites and entertainment media. It's called District 9 and a viral marketing campaign has just started up for the movie. There's a website at www.d-9.com which now shows the new trailer. While the trailer doesn't show as much as Alive in Joburg, at least of the aliens and their exo-suits, judging from the film's version of the aliens' spaceship and their appearance it looks like Blomkamp wanted to make the aliens' tech and their physical strangeness all the more real. Good I say, bring it on.

Some might say that District 9's premise treads too much on the core concepts established by V or Alien Nation. I'm not one of those folk, and beside, it would be good to see a sci-fi movie set somewhere else in the world besides North America that shows what might happen when the extraterrestrial equivalent of gypsies come looking for a new homeland. And let's face it, there's no place else on Earth that carries such a weight of past predudices as South Africa's era of apartheid.

District 9 is scheduled for release on August 14. Watch the trailer for the movie or refresh your memory by watching Alive in Joburg below.

 

 

-District 9 website.
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I'm sold. The approach to this is something new and after watching the trailer I think it's about time someone came up with an idea that is not a reboot, remake or reimagining.

Also....the blurring out of the alien is fucking funny!

I keep my standards low, that way im never dissapointed