- Published: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2009.
- Year Published: 2009
- Description: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
- Language: English
- Format: DVD
- Jackson, Peter, 1961-
- Cunningham, Carolynne.
- Blomkamp, Neill.
- Tatchell, Terri.
- Copley, Sharlto.
- Cope, Jason.
- Boltt, Nathalie.
- Strike, Sylvaine.
- Sumner, John, 1951-
- Young, William Allen, 1953-
- Blake, Nick.
- Shorter, Clinton.
- Tri-Star Pictures.
- Block/Hanson (Firm)
- WingNut Films (Firm)
- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
- Human-alien encounters -- Drama.
- Relocation (Housing) -- Drama. -- South Africa
- Virus-vector relationships -- Drama.
- Refugees -- Drama. -- Government policy -- South Africa
- DNA damage -- Drama.
- South Africa -- Drama.
- Science fiction films.
- Action and adventure films.
- Thrillers (Motion pictures)
- Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
- Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.
- Feature films.
- Fiction films.
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Call number: DVD Science-Fiction District
Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Downtown Storage Adult
DVD release of the 2009 motion picture.
Special features: deleted scenes; directors commentary ; "The alien agenda: a filmmaker's log" three-part documentary.
Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike, John Sumner, William Allen Young, Nick Blake.
Twenty years ago, aliens from another planet made contact with Earth. Now, the refugee camp they are forced to live in has deteriorated into a slum-like ghetto. When field operative Wikus van der Merwe is put in charge of evicting the aliens, he contracts a strange virus that changes his DNA to match that of the refugees. As his body begins to mutate, he becomes a hunted man, and the aliens' only hope for freedom.
DVD ; anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) presentation ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround (English and French).
Reviews & Summaries
But there are a lot of things that don’t work, as well: mainly stemming from Blomkamp’s lack of faith in the intelligence of the viewer. I could point to specific problems, but the movie really is entertaining enough to not deserve being trampled on so much. Just one more thing must be said: no matter what kind of emotional or personal attachment the director/writer had, setting the film in South Africa is kind of like being slapped with a large trout: “YEAH BUT ARE YOU SURE YOU GET WHAT WE’RE SAYING HERE?” Yes, we get it.
In a larger perspective than this film, I’m concerned about Blomkamp’s assumption that I’m a ditz. He shows a lot of potential, he's gotten a lot of praise for this movie... but in the end the somewhat thinly constructed 'issues' stuff is built up by an awful lot of 'look at the pretty pictures' stuff. (But what, did we expect producer Peter Jackson, lord of the 80-disc set, to tell him to tighten it up? Indeed, I'd be tempted to blame the 'pretty pictures' problem entirely on the heavy hand of Mr. Jackson if there weren't other signals that this film was a little personal for Blomkamp) I truly hope Blomkamp can recognize which parts worked in terms of cinema and which parts just served as trickery, because if he can do that, he'll go on to create some truly good, potentially great, and definitely meaningful things.
But, nevermind all that. The little Prawn is totally adorable.
And maybe deserves his own sequel.
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