I started getting impressed with District 9 from the moment I realised the events mirrored Apartheid. Apparently it's based on real events that occurred in District 6, Johannesburg in 1966. This was a real dystopian film, then, as it had a "learn from this" undertone.
This is a film that plumbs the depths of human cruelty and greed. It's pretty disturbing at the beginning and there doesn't seem to be a hero at all. Wickus, the main character, starts off as heinous as anyone else, taking delight in the deaths of the alien children by incineration as they "pop like corn". There's a revolting government lab which looks the one Ripley discovers in Aliens 3. (I think it's Aliens 3. The one where the experiments were done to bring her and her wee alien back to life after she jumps into the lava. Come to think of it, it might be Aliens 4. By the way isn't Alien just a fantastic film?) Though I squirmed a bit at the beginning, District 9 has a great pay-off, it's clever and it looks amazing. But it's certainly not one for the faint-hearted.
I saw a couple of previews that looked interesting, and a few more that looked absolute rubbish, including The Final Destination (they're still flogging this dead horse?) and Theta-Pi (a not-so-cleverly-disguised I Know What You Did Last Summer. 2012 looked okay, but I'm a bit over epic cinematic disaster films. It's Surrogates that piqued my interest. It looks like a cross between Bladerunner and The Island. (Hands up who likes The Island? ME!)
Here's the trailer. Tomorrow I review Uglies, by Scott Westerfield. See you then!