Released 2009 (7 different countries simultaneously)
American, New Zealander, Canadian & South African, in English (translated alien language; several different African languages, mostly translated)
Director - Neill Blomkamp
Stars - Sharlto Copley, David James
Twenty-eight years after an alien race has landed on earth in Johannesburg, South Africa, a munitions corporation by the name of Multi-National United (MNU) has been tasked with forcibly moving the alien refugees to a camp farther outside of town. MNU employee Wikus Van De Merwe (Copley) has been tapped to lead the operation, but disaster unexpectedly befalls him. James co-stars as the MNU’s lead thug, Koobus Venter.
A truly impressive amount of violence & gore; lots of blue language.
[SPOILER] I still don’t understand how, if one of the aliens could fly the damn thing all along, the mother ship ever got stranded on Earth. I also don’t understand how, if the alien weapons were so massively powerful, and they could seemingly build them out of junk quite easily, the humans ever overpowered the aliens and kept them interned in a refugee camp. The movie sort of glossed over it, and my husband tried to fanwank it for me, but I still thought that these were huge plot holes. [SPOILER]
It’s a pretty good metaphor for the hopelessness of the refugee experience. The aliens were trapped and homeless, unwanted, forced to live in terrible conditions, and treated horribly. I felt awful for them. In light of recent events regarding refugee children seeking a place in the United States - and the horrific things some people have said about them, like we should shoot them on sight - it felt extremely timely.
I thought it was pretty decent. The movie itself didn’t feel long but some scenes did, especially toward the end. This is a problem I have with action movies in general, the old “you have one minute to disarm this bomb but it’s going to take twenty minutes of the film for you to do it.” There wasn’t an actual countdown this time, but it had the same feeling for me, where I start to wonder, “Are they done shooting at each other yet?” I also had a hard time letting go of the plot holes/Nigerian thing.
I give the movie 3.75 stars.