!!! Seen it on October 19th 2009, my birthday!!!
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. [imdb]
Nominated for 4 Oscars:
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Visual Effects
This is one of those unusual sci-fi movies that finds a lot of crazy support from critics and some die hard fans. I will admit that it's special, in the way that it feels real and quite easy to connect with. It has a very good leading performance: Sharlto Copley in a great first role and a smart direction. Where I think it lacks at times: it's gotta be in the Screenplay department (where it surprisingly got a nomination).
You should know I'm either hating or loving stories that torture or provoke unjustice to the leading character. I love it when it's called Precious, it annoys me when it's called District 9 and the movie is about the hunting of an usual hero, a guy who finds himself in a lot of trouble and fights for survival. The film made me uncomfortable at times (the birthday cake scene) and I didn't like the ending, which is often the breaking point for a movie.
My rating for the film: 7/10. I was tempted to give it more. But let's shout out the obvious: it's definitely not a Best Picture movie.