District 9 out of 10
Submitted by Howard Tayler on August 18, 2009 - 22:52
Iâ€™m back from GenCon Indy, but Iâ€™m far too tired to write about it. I decompressed at the movies today, and Iâ€™m glad I did. District 9 was pretty powerful.
It wasnâ€™t what I was expecting, but thatâ€™s because I had almost zero expectations. Iâ€™d only seen one trailer for the film, and that one only served to provide context: alien refugees are under quarantine of some sort in Johannesburg, South Africa.
You know what? Iâ€™m not just too tired to write about GenConâ€¦ Iâ€™m too tired to write a proper movie review. Iâ€™ll just say that the film earned its R-rating via violence and repeated f-bombings, and startled me nicely a couple of times, and that itâ€™s probably the smartest science-fiction film Iâ€™ve seen since Serenity.
It is my fourth-favorite film of the summer, and as such it pushes the threshold of disappointment down to between #7 and #8. Here are the standings:
1. Star Trek
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
4. District 9
5. Terminator: Salvation
6. Angels & Demons
7. G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
8. Transformers: ROTF
9. Land of the Lost
10. Night at The Museum 2
Hopefully the threshold of disappointment will continue to drop. After all, that means that Iâ€™m only seeing movies that fail to disappoint me, and that sounds like the sort of thing I want to have happen with my movie dollars for the rest of the summer. Unfortunately Iâ€™m not sure what else the summer has to offer. Does 9 count? Is September still Summer Movie Season?