What the Heck is ‘District 9?’
“Bus Stop for Humans Only.” If you live in a major city, maybe you’ve seen that around town. Or maybe you’ve seen the posters that look like a bulls-eye with a weird alien image in them. Or, if you’ve been to the movies recently, maybe you’ve seen a trailer in which real looking people talk about strange visitors and then are blasted with the image of a huge alien ship.
All of these things are part of the subtle marketing campaign for a new movie, not documentary, called “District 9.” A new trailer is rumored to be attached to “Bruno” this weekend so even more people will be exposed to the film and curious what exactly is going on.
“District 9″ is a fake documentary style film (think “The Blair Witch Project”) about an African country that finds itself flooded with a new alien race when their spaceship breaks down. The two races must try to live together in harmony but things don’t go smoothly in this allegorical tale of race relations across the world. The film is filled with a lot of actual people, and only a few actors, to give it that real feeling along with the special effects.
Set for release Aug. 14, the film fits into the action/sci-fi drama as well as it’s produced by Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings.”) It’s directed, based on a short film, but Jackson’s protege Neill Blomkamp.
So now you know what all the buzz is about and it will only increase as the film gets closer to release. And though it is supposed to fool people into thinking it’s real, it’s only a movie.