Watching the attention-grabbing, heavily intriguing trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 before Terminator Salvation reminded me of how badly I need to see this shit. With haste. It also brought to thought that many people aren’t aware of the film’s origins: District 9 spawns from a short film that Blomkamp made a few years back, one that turned Peter Jackson (the Lord of the Rings series, King Kong) into a huge supporter. Jackson initially brought Blomkamp on to direct a film version of the popular video game Halo, but that has yet to move forward. This upcoming full-length District 9 could be seen as Blomkamp’s show-and-prove exhibition to those who are halting Halo.
Allow me now to repost a write-up I did back on the old blog, Barone’s World, where I posted Blomkamp’s short film, Alive In Joburg: [Older post and short film after the jump]
Last week, I posted a new trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s pseudo-documentary-style science fiction flick District 9, which anyone who has seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine in theaters has already caught on the big screen. District 9 has been high on my intrigue scale for months now, and is even more so atop now that the teaser trailer is out and about. And looking awesome, a profound, thoughtful, patient take on the same handheld camera conceit that Cloverfield kicked into overdrive so well.
After researching District 9 over the past week, to obtain as much info as possible, I’ve uncovered that the film, executive produced by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings mastermind), is actually an expanded, bigger-budgeted spin on Blomkamp’s 2005 short film Alive in Joburg, a commentary on the Apartheid in South Africa set against the aftermath of an alien invasion. The government has forced the now-residential extraterrestrials into servitude, not exactly what the aliens came to Earth in hopes of. The ETs are looked down upon as smelly, unwelcome, and inferior. That opinion serving as a newfound line of commonality between once-bickering races and social classes, all at the expense of the unassuming aliens.
Blomkamp’s short film is available on Youtube, thankfully, and it’s quite good. Give it a look, it’s hardly seven minutes long (followed by District 9‘s trailer, for comparison’s sake):