CATEGORIES Reviews
It's the late-summer sensation that's appeared out of nowhere -- much like the massive spaceship that hovers above Johannesburg, South Africa, throughout its entirety -- but how good is the Peter Jackson-produced sci-fi thriller 'District 9'?

Pretty damn good. Sci-fi lovers should geek out over '9,' one of the most original and inspired genre movies to hit theaters in years. The story is deep (the allegorical elements of extraterrestrials detained in refugee camps and treated like, well, fourth-world citizens, will be lost on no one), the creatures are supremely cool and scarily authentic-looking, and the action is relentless from the get-go. It's the late-summer sensation that's appeared out of nowhere -- much like the massive spaceship that hovers above Johannesburg, South Africa, throughout its entirety -- but how good is the Peter Jackson-produced sci-fi thriller 'District 9'?

Pretty damn good. Sci-fi lovers should geek out over '9,' one of the most original and inspired genre movies to hit theaters in years. The story is deep (the allegorical elements of extraterrestrials detained in refugee camps and treated like, well, fourth-world citizens, will be lost on no one), the creatures are supremely cool and scarily authentic-looking, and the action is relentless from the get-go.

That said, the movie has come dangerously close to being overhyped, if that's possible. It is not the second coming of 'Alien' -- it's got its share fair of flaws and action movie clichés (just die already, baldie!), not to mention that same docu-style aesthetic that divided audiences over 'Cloverfield,' and a not-so-nobly intentioned or even likable "hero" (breakout star Sharlto Copley, who's like a cross between Spike Jonze and David Arquette).

But there's more to love here than anything, especially a couple of truly endearing "prawns," as the aliens have been branded by Earthlings. I can't remember the last time I rooted so hard against humanity.