Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@ddmcd.com) consults from Alexandria Virginia. His services include writing & research, proposal development, and project management. Follow him on Google+. He publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain and volunteers with the Alexandria Film Festival. He is also on Linkedin. To subscribe to emailed updates about additions to this web site click here.

Neill Blomkamp's DISTRICT 9

Neill Blomkamp's DISTRICT 9

A Movie Review by Dennis D. McDonald

This is an imaginative and exciting film:

  • We get to see a different setting (South Africa) for an alien visitation rather than Los Angeles or New York.
  • The illustrated political and cultural conflicts have a disquieting sense of reality.
  • There are flashes of humor throughout.
  • The action sequences are superb.
  • The weapons and advanced technology are really neat.
  • Peter Jackson’s WETA has finally outdone the special effects of Gollum and King Kong.

The clash of cultures depicted has much precedent. Subjugation of one “race” by another is a historical reality. Extending this concept to humans versus aliens does not require a leap of faith.

The film is not for everybody. Its “R” rating is deserved due to the frequent — and exciting — clashes of the film’s multiple warring factions. But I strongly recommend it as a very thoughtful and thought provoking piece of science fiction.

Review copyright (c) 2009 by Dennis D. McDonald

Quentin Tarentino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

Quentin Tarentino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

Peter Docter's UP

Peter Docter's UP