Alien Refugees Take Over Korean Movie Theatres Tomorrow

District 9


Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

Starring: Sharlto Copley, David James

Release Date: October 16 (in theatres everywhere)

The title of “District 9″ refers to the name of a refugee camp set up in Johannesburg, South Africa to house thousands of aliens after their giant spaceship broke down just over the city. While I usually disregard most sci-fi movies, this one seems different in the sense that it turns the conventions of the genre on its head. Usually, extra-terrestrial visitors come to Earth with the intention of invading our planet and exterminating our race. This time it’s us cruel humans who walk all over the helpless aliens.

Besides, after watching more than a dozen art films during PIFF, I could use a good ol’ Hollywood popcorn flick.

My review of “Tales from the Golden Age” (Cristian Mungiu…, 2009) is now online here:Joh