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Districted Viewing

district9poster_000In 2005, the short film Alive in Joburg provided an unusual look at the alien invasion film, chiefly because, as a South African production, there wasn’t a flying saucer floating over the White House and threatening to blow it up. District 9, the full-length take on the same film, takes a news-crew mockumentary-style look at a ghetto outside Johannesburg, inhabited by aliens who share a tense peace with the authorities in the area.

Directed by Neill Blomkamp, District 9 expands on the original short, now produced by Peter Jackson. The film maintains much of the same cast, storylines and similar effects, but the trailer below looks impressive, and even manages to hold its own when you look at the trailers for the rest of this year’s big films (like Terminator: Salvation.)

District 9 is due out August/September 2009. The full Alive In Joburg can be found under the link.

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  1. morethinking
    July 13, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    The movie looks very, very interesting, only unlike Cloverfield, it looks like more than just a display of irrational fears, it is also an examination of the nature of xenophobia.

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