Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Movies Seen: Kick Ass, District 9

A 2010 superhero-themed action-comedy directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust) and based on the comic book series of the same name. Loner kid decides to be a superhero, and in the process meets real superheroes with a vendetta, becomes a target for a crime family & has the adventure of a lifetime.

The narrative is good; the acting is good; it's well written, funny; it has a good score, lots of action. This is one of the freshest and best films I've seen this year.

A 2009 sci-fi movie directed by Neill Blomkamp (his first feature-length film).

The film begins in documentary style, giving us a short history of how alien refugees who landed in Johannesburg are presently settled in a temporary shelter which is now a slum. The government, through a private military contractor, is now planning to move the aliens to a new camp. The documentary then follows Wikus, an employee, as he visits the slum to help coordinate the transfer. He comes into contact with an alien liquid, and gets sick. The rest of the film resumes normally, following the next few days in Wikus' life as he is experimented upon, escapes, and joins forces with the aliens to find a cure for himself, while the government hunts him down and the aliens have plans of their own.

One of the best films made in 2009, and one of the best films I've see this year. The movie has a good story, the script is realistic, the narrative is excellent, the editing is crisp, and the special effects are above par. It's emotional, personal, raw & action-packed. This is quite simply one of the finest sci-fi movies ever made.



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