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Old 22-10-2009, 07:21 AM   #1
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Default Moon vs District 9

I've managed to see both of these movies just recently. District 9 was only on for a week in our "local" cinema - 30 mins away. Moon was in very limited release down in Melbourne - 2 hours away. What did I think? Loved both of them, both from totally different ends of the spectrum. Would I get both on DVD - yes, would I go back and see them in the cinema again - yes 1 - no the other. District 9 worked so well for me. I dont care about plot holes inconsitencies etc etc. I dont go to see a movie to pick the crap out of it.I go to enjoy it, to escape the days worries, to ponder, to enjoy. Now if a movie was totally crap, too far fetched, too implausable, badly acted etc them I may care a bit more. I'm not dissecting either movie, I just wanted to be entertained and I was. If you havnt seen either Im not telling you to go, these are not MUST SEE movies, they are see if you have the time the motivation and you want to be entertained. Put your brain in neutral, enjoy, dont dissect.

D9 wins for me, but I certainly enjoyed Moon as well - just not as much.
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Old 22-10-2009, 03:42 PM   #2
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I thought both movies were good enjoyable sci-fi. There were no surprises in them for anyone who has seen any resonable number of sci fi movies over the years but they both had good story lines ,were character driven pieces with reasonable quality and a restrained quantity of SFXs that moved things along instead of dominating the film.
The best news for me was that these films were done by first time directors on miniscule budgets (5 million and 18 million for Moon and District 9 respectively) and both strong critical feedback and good box office receipts mean they have made alot of profit, which will interest the bigger studios next time around.
Moon was a great retro piece of sci fi, but when you really thought about it had more holes in the science than a swiss cheese. The important thing was you did not notice it at the time, given the strong performance of the lead character.
District 9 was a far more visceral movie and filmed in a more unique form (well for 2/3 rds of it !) that helped make the story moral, added a very interesting and perceptive look at human (and inhumain) nature and both the effects and action shots were very well done.
Best film surprise I've had this year was "UP". Yep you heard me "UP".
The 3D was brilliant, the film looked stunningly beautiful at times, the story totally suprised me in that it was both moving, clever and very funny.It felt like an old Spencer Tracy comedy from the 50's but was an absolute delight from start to finish. NEXTTO THE Incredibles its the best Pixar I've ever seen
Really if you've got kids or are young at heart or you want to see why 3D is being so talked about these days before "Avatar" hits then go see UP.

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Old 22-10-2009, 08:17 PM   #3
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"Moon" > "District 9" though I'm glad both movies got made.
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Old 22-10-2009, 08:39 PM   #4
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Kind of apples and oranges in my opinion. Hard to compare the two.

P.S. "Up" rocked!
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Old 22-10-2009, 08:44 PM   #5
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Best film surprise I've had this year was "UP". Yep you heard me "UP".
The 3D was brilliant, the film looked stunningly beautiful at times, the story totally suprised me in that it was both moving, clever and very funny.It felt like an old Spencer Tracy comedy from the 50's but was an absolute delight from start to finish. NEXTTO THE Incredibles its the best Pixar I've ever seen
Really if you've got kids or are young at heart or you want to see why 3D is being so talked about these days before "Avatar" hits then go see UP.
totally agree, took my 2 kids last weekend and it was brilliant. loved the musical score to the film aswell
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Old 23-10-2009, 06:56 AM   #6
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And the good news this morning, hot off Empires news page, is that the director of District 9 has a go for a new sci fi story to start filming next year. Budget is not huge (which may be a good thing) and the story is a blend of sci fi themes, but its great to see new talent getting the rewards it deserves.
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