Yep, I know – plenty of noise and hype and buzz around District 9 already. I’m not hopping on the bandwagon though – I am genuinely excited about what this movie means for Johannesburg, South Africa and South African cinema (which I’m sure you’ll agree could use a kick up the butt).

My 9 reasons to go see District 9:

  1. It has already amassed a formidable rating of 8.7/10 on the Internet Movie Database – which has it currently ranked #41 on the IMDb’s Top 250 Movies of all time list – very significant achievements
  2. The director, Neill Blomkamp, is South African born and thus yet another example of the horde of amazing young talent South Africa has to offer the world
  3. The cast is all South African. No overexposed Hollywood faces. Fresh, exciting new talents that more than hold their own throughout the film
  4. It’s shot in Jo’burg. Need I say more? Gritty, dusty, broken, sad, triumphant, beautiful… my city
  5. It will remind you as a South African about what happened here not so long ago, and in my opinion, there’s a whole generation of young Saffas who need reminding. Non-South Africans may see, if they choose, a deeper side to our story. Or feel free to ignore the political undertones and enjoy the action 🙂
  6. The word ‘doos’ in a Hollywood blockbuster is not just worth viewing for, it’s priceless 😛
  7. The CGI is phenomenal, and the action scenes are brilliant
  8. Sharlto Copley delivers a moving performance as the protagonist, Wikus van der Merwe, and I hope to see some nominations steered his way…
  9. I have not seen a reaction in a cinema, to both the humourous and shocking elements of a film, like I saw to D9 in a very long time. People REALLY laughed. People were REALLY challenged. People were REALLY in awe. It made me proud to be called South African
  10. So what you waiting for? If you have seen it, would love to hear your thoughts…