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Chiddaling's Reviews - AVATAR - December 20th, 2009 (IM BACK!)

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Title: AVATAR

Director: James Cameron

Genre: Sci-Fi | Action | Adventure

Release Date: Friday, December 18th, 2009 (Canada)

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AVATAR makes it's debut with the stunning world of Pandora and with breathtaking visuals that make this movie revolutionary.

It has been quite long since director James Cameron has made a film. You may be familiar with some of his movies like Titanic, Terminator 1 & 2, Aliens, any many more. But now comes the new Lord of the Rings, or the new Star Wars, AVATAR.

AVATAR takes place in the stunning world of Pandora, where the human race asks the indigenous population called the Na'vi to relocate to another place to live. The human race is trying to communicate with the Na'vi. So they said ex-marine Jake Sully to be transferred into an Avatar body and for him to be exposed to Pandora.

When Jake Sully is transferred into his Avatar body, he saw things that he had never seen before. When Jake thought he was having the best moment of his life, he met Neytiri.

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AVATAR is everything you'd want in an action film. But it is much more then that. Some of the highest technology in the film industry can be seen in this movie. With Cameron's mind and the concept of CGI, AVATAR has it all.

If you've seen this movie you'll know you saw some of the greatest effects and visuals you have ever seen. With almost a $300 movie production cost, Cameron used it very well.

Some may think that this movie is all about the effects and the CGI. They are wrong. The movie did have a decent script, but nothing to remember about. And alot of people have been complaining about the story.

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Sure it may be cheesy at times. The script was made about 15 years ago, maybe things were different back then. But hey, we're not going to be watching AVATAR for the story are we? Alot of the reviewers like on Rotten Tomatoes are complaining about the script, and that's all. They never mentioned the visuals or the glorious world of Pandora in the slightest bit.

We are here to enjoy this movie. For god sakes, it's not a dramatical movie. Sure it got nominated in the Golden Globes for Best Picture, but what about Inglorious Bastards?

Alot of people were bashing Avatar (Atleast on GS forums) when the first teaser trailer came out. 80% of them atleast. But the day it came out and the reviews were coming in, that 80% turned into 80% fans of AVATAR. Now enough of the community.

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It's not just about Pandora. The Na'vi is another thing to talk about. They just seem so real and life-like. One part that stood out for me was when Jake Sully learned the ways of the Na'vi and how they interact with nature. The trailers truly didn't do it justice.

Not much else to say about Avatar. If your planning on watching this movie anytime soon, and you are questioning yourself whether to watch it in IMAX 3-D or in standered 2-D, definitely go the extra mile and watch it in IMAX 3-D. You will be slapping yourself thinking that you should have watched it in 3-D if you watched it in 2-D.

This movie is the type of film you'd want to watch over and over again. I know I will. The movie is just enjoyable and fun. And that's what a movie needs to be. A movie doesn't need a superb script with magnificant acting. And AVATAR proved it.

Rating - 10/10

Chiddaling Reviews - Up - (October 26th, 2009)

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Title - Up

Director - Pete Docter

Genre - Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family

Release Date - May 29th, 2009 (Canada)

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Up is guaranteed to fill your heart with enough emotion to make you want to watch this film over and over again, making it the best Pixar has done yet. And here's why.

Elderly male Carl Fredricksen has been living in his home for decades. He used to be the kind man who always loved his wife, Ellie. Carl and Ellie knew each other since childhood, coming upon each other when they found out they both like Charles Muntz, the famous explorer. They add an inspirational dream of reaching Paradise Falls in South America. Although they never did. And now, because of Ellie's tragic death, Carl began to become grumpy, and private.

Carl lived where no man wanted to. He lived right in the middle of a busy construction site. You'd think someone would want to move to a peaceful neighbourhood, but Carl stayed behind. He never wanted to leave his beloved home he held with his wife. He began to call it Ellie. Later, Carl ran into a little incident with one of the workers of the construction site. By accident, Carl smacked this worker straight on his head, causing him to bleed. The people near by witnessed the attack. Carl felt shocked that something like this happened, and he ran straight back home. He was sentenced to court, and being the elderly man he is, he had to be moved into a retirement home.

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Just when he was about to leave, he ties hundreds and hundreds of balloons to his house, thus making him launch in the air. He always dreamed of going to Paradise Falls, and now, he was going there.

All went well on his journey, until he heard a knock on his door. It would be impossible for someone to knock on a door, that's high in the air. Carl came to look, and he stumbled upon young lad Russel. Russel always wanted to be the famous explorer like Charles Muntz, or the like. Carl had to let him inside the house, knowing that if he told him to leave...Russel wouldn't be able to.

I have to say, this movie looks beautiful. The visuals are the best I've ever seen in an animation film, besides Wall-E. Also, the beginning montage of Carl and Ellie was simply amazing. It's sad to know that they led such a happy life, but tragically, Ellie died. And Carl wasn't being himself. The beginning montage explained alot about the story, making this movie very mature, and not just for the kids. There is alot of sad and touching moments I can point out.

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Besides the movie being sad and all, it is very funny too. I just love Carl's and Russel's chemistry together. I should also point out the dogs in this, they are pretty hilarious, mostly Doug.

Not one part of this very enjoyable film bored me in the slightest bit. My favourite character is easily Carl, because he is just awesome. He reminds me of a animated Clint Eastwood, I must say. I'm happy Pixar thought up of a film where there is a grumpy old man involved in this scenario, really creative.

Voice acting was top-notch to. Carl's and Russel's voice really fit the movie. Then again, Pixar always had great voice acting.

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With that being said, Up is just another amazing title to be added to Pixar's library. In my opinion, this is the best Pixar has ever done yet. Although it is a tough competition with Up and Wall-E.

One of the best films of the year, if not, the best. You HAVE to give this movie a chance. You may think this movie is childish and all, but you'll regret saying that after you watch this terrific film.

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The Good -

- Top-notch voice acting
- Awesome visuals, as usual
- Hilarious as ever
- Best of Pixar yet

The Bad -

- I wish it was longer, that's it

Overall -

9.5/10

Chiddaling Reviews - Moon - (October 25th, 2009)

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Title - Moon

Director - Duncan Jones

Genre - Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Release Date - July 17th, 2009 (UK)

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Moon was released on July 17th, in the UK, but not released to alot of cinemas. So this little gem may be a bit hard to find. Moon stars well known actor Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell and Kevin Spacey as Gerty, the robot. This movie starts off as Sam Bell is still living on the Moon for about 3 years now. He does his daily work, and just to think that 2 weeks later, he will be going back home.

Until he realizes he's not alone. Sam runs into an accident on Hellum-3. Thus waking up, he kept asking questions to Gerty, but Gerty refused to answer. After a few days of rest, Sam thought he should go back to working. He goes back to where he crashed, then to see another life form on the Moon. Immediately, he brings this life form back inside, just to find out this person looks JUST like him. That's probably all I can tell you, saying more would just give away the experience.

The whole atmosphere of Moon is magnificent. The visuals look pretty crisp, I wouldn't say it has the best CGI you can find these days. But, they do look great.

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The story in Moon starts slow, but builds up later. Over the past years I've seen films, not many can relate to this one. The all around story in this movie is very intriguing. Like before, saying anything more would just spoil the awesome experience you would have with Moon.

This movie is not your ordinary action film, nor your occasional science-fiction film. It's a film where everybody should see, or just to give it a chance.

There may be some parts of the film I found somewhat boring, but later on, the movie really really picked up. Knowing that Sam wasen't the only life form, and KNOWING that there is a life form that looks exactly like him, is scary.

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Moon will have to spark your interest just that little bit to make you watch it. With a very deep story, an amazing atmosphere and great visuals, this is a movie you cannot miss.

I must also mention the music in this movie. The whole theme you hear everytime in this film is...epic. That piece of music makes the whole experience of Moon even better, which just adds to the great movie it is.

That is all I will say. If you haven't seen it, give it a chance.

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The Good -

- Very, very deep story
- Atmosphere is amazing
- Visuals look great, but not the best
- Great soundtrack

The Bad -

- Movie is a bit shorter then you think
- Some pointless parts that could have been edited, or removed

Overall -

9/10

Chiddaling's Reviews - Public Enemies - (October 19, 2009)

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Title - Public Enemies

Director - Michael Mann

Genre - Crime | Drama | Thriller | Suspense

Release Date - July 1st, 2009

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Michael Mann is back with an all new crime film. You may be familiar with "Heat", "Collateral" or "Thief". The story in Public Enemies wraps around the gangster outlaw John Dillinger as some call him Public Enemy #1. Public Enemies stars Christan Bale as the G-man Melvin Purvis and Marian Collitard as John Dillingers lover Billie Frechette.

Public Enemies sets in 1933-34 in USA where John Dillinger is still robbing banks with the help of his friends. While the police and FBI are still trying to chase Dillinger and hunt them down, they know John will always be one step ahead of him. Breaking out of prison many times, John Dillinger knows his way around the cops. Soon after the FBI is running out of ideas, is where Melvin Purvis has the lead on the case.

The story in Public Enemies isn't rather new, in my opinion. If you've seen alot of gangster films (I haven't, unfortunately.), then you won't find much different in this movie.

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What I really liked about this movie was Johnny Depp's acting. I never really was a Johnny fan, but I praised him for his work. And this movie showed me that Johnny Depp deserves the praise. I thought Christan Bale's performance was...mediocre. The accent totally didn't suit him and his acting as a whole wasn't all that good.

I thought that they should have explained the character's more, and not just Dillinger. I feel as if Christan Bale didn't get enough screen time. Most of the time I think the story feels a bit repetitive, but a good reptitive. Action scenes are good, and gangster films were always fun to watch. Story was good in my opinion, but I think at the beginning of the movie was a bit odd, and..random. I think introducing Dillinger's childhood would have been a better idea.

Some things left a question in my head...near the end. But I won't get in that too much as some people have not seen the movie. Again, more character development should have been put.

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Overall, a great movie in my opinion. I enjoyed it very much. I was a bit skeptical at first. Then later on I didn't feel the need to watch and thought that it would be boring. I wasen't expecting too much of Michael Mann's latest film, but I was wrong. This is a great movie with wonderful drama and and action.

Maybe this review was a bit short, but I don't have much to say to Public Enemies. It is a great film and I recommend it to people that enjoy gangster scenario films, drama, history, and much more.

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The Good -

- Johnny Depp put on a wonderful act
- Action scenes were great
- Rich drama scenes

The Bad -

- More character development needed
- Christan Bale needed more screen time

Overall -

8/10

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This concludes the review. Thank you for reading. :)

Chiddaling Reviews - Halo 3: ODST - (October 16, 2009)

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Halo 3: ODST Chiddaling Review

Game - Halo 3: ODST

Platforms - XBOX 360

Genre - Sci-Fi | First-Person Shooter

Release Date - September 22, 2009

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After the success of Bungie's Halo 3, they are back in an all new amazing campaign. But this time, it's before the events of Halo 3. Halo 3: ODST is set in New Mombasa, where "ODST" follows elite squads which are the "Orbital Drop Shock Troopers" during the Covenant's invasion on Earth on October 23rd, 2552. They're are 5 of these "ODST" marines that were separated from each other when an incident occurred on the Mombasa Slip space. Your mission is to relocate back to your squad mates. But this time, you will be playing as different ODST marines, not just one.

Halo 3: ODST originally was set to be the expansion to it's big brother Halo 3. People assumed that this game would last around a few hours just so that they can prepare for Halo: Reach which will be arriving late 2010. But bungie took the ODST project to a whole new step. With a new campaign, a new awesome mode named "Firefight" a repacked Multi-player with the exact same maps from Halo 3 and an additional 3 new maps, Halo 3: ODST is a full package with complete success.

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Back to the story. After the ODST marines have been separated from their incident, you start off with many different perspectives. But you will start with "Rookie". Rookie, as they say, is the newcomer to the ODST marines. He doesn't talk, but he is quite the fighter. He regains his consciousness 6 hours after the crash. The setting is dark, and mostly quiet. But the covenant is still on a lookout for any stragglers, and your one of these stragglers. The city is wide open, go freely as you want. But in order to survive, your going to have to find your teammates sooner of later. But the good thing about the loneliness about this game is that...you aren't totally lonely. You have special support from the "Superintendant", an AI construct that runs the city. This superintendant will guide you throughout the game. The superintendant will provide you with health packs, information, and key tips. Can anyone say, Cortana?

Although it is set in a dark city, you a special ODST visor located inside your helmet. This is the new, neat feature of this game. This ODST visor isn't just for the light, it also helps you find your enemies. The enemies will be outlined in a dark red color, while the teammates will be in a green color. It will also help you locate weapons, and key items, throughout the game. Which brings me to my next point.

How I said "key items", these key items are remnants...signs of your missing ODST teammates. When you locate a remnant, it will flashback to the moments of the crash. But this time, from a differnt ODST's perspective. The next city is set in a cold, winter environment. Guess you don't need that visor anymore, eh?

There's a big difference I notice in ODST's lightning. Between day and night, the vibrance and saturation in the sky is tremendous. During the day, the game looks fabulous in my opinion. But the detail and artistic efforts put into this game make this game the best looking Halo game yet. Previous halos, you will be stucked with the typical orange, purple, greyish tone. But here, in ODST, the colors are far, far bigger in variety. The environments are literally, brought to life! I can honestly say, that graphics DO look different then Halo 3's were.

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Just like in previous halos, you will have a special, futuristic armor. But again, this time, your armor defenses will be limited. Falling from heights and feeling pain will be a reality, and noticing the red health effect around your screen alot more is the real deal. This is what makes the game more challenging.

The campaign will provide you a good 6 hour long campaign. But don't feel too bad about the loneliness you'll find in this game. With the Co-Op Campaign, that feeling of loneliness will be long gone. I recommend that you don't complete ALL of the campaign on Co-Op. I don't know anyone that does, but I don't recommend it for a game like this, too. Of course, like I said, campaign is very, very fun, very wide open for free-roaming action and the "mystery" feeling during the night scheme is great. But the game just doesn't end there.

Firefight. The new definition of "awesome" as said by IGN. This new mode in Halo 3: ODST will suck your time in for....a long, long time. Basically like the "Horde" mode in Gears of War 2, you will be fighting endless amounts of enemies, just like the ones you've seen in the campaign. By each wave you pass, the more harder it gets. Do any of you guys remember the skulls from Halo 3? Well, there back. But used more efficent. Like I said how it gets more "harder", the same skulls will be added to ODST's firefight to make this mode truly more competitive and challenging. Which should be really, really fun. Especially playing with friends. Which brings me to my next point.

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For split-screen firefight, there will be a max of 2 players for a firefight game. But with Xbox Live friends, it can reach up to 4 players of awesome awesomeness. The action is just non-stop, and survival is the key to this mode. Like Call of Duty's Nazi Zombies, and Gears of War 2's Horde, firefight will be even MORE addicting. It is very important that cooperation is put into effect in firefight.

Some maps in ODST's firefight are wide open, and you can be easily separated from your friends. So always stay in distance. And this is just another thing to be aware of in firefight. What makes cooperation awesome in this game is that, when you run out of bullets, and you see a Brute Chieftain charging right your way, it's up to your friends to help you.

If firefight is not your thing, move on to Disc 2 of ODST. Where you will find that the same Halo 3 Online Multi-player is put back to fit on ODST. With ALL of the previous Halo 3 maps added to ODST, and 3 new map additions to the game, the online will last newcomers, hardcore halo fans, shooter fans playing for a long, long time.

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What I didn't like about firefight, or the online in ODST is that firefight is left without matchmaking. I find this disappointing because matchmaking on firefight will make it much easier for people who want to play with random strangers. And see how it will end up. I thought it would be pretty neat. I think alot of us want this too, and not all of us Xbox Live members have friends to play with to make the experience of ODST Multi-player the best.

What I didn't like about online is that it isn't all that new. When I play it, it feels as if it is the same exact thing I've played since 2 years ago. But that doesn't stop it from making ODST's Multi-player amazing.

With that said, Halo 3: ODST is just another amazing game added to the Halo library. With a great new 6-hour campaign, an awesome new mode called Firefight, and a repacked Multi-player with 3 new additional maps, ODST is a great own for a 360 owner. If your into shooters, a hardcore halo fan, or just a newcomer, this game is for you.

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The Good -

- Firefight is the definition of awesome
- The 3 new additional maps added to ODST are great
- Graphics are up to par with other X360 games
- Music is perfect, flawless, just amazing
- More then just an expansion

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- Matchmaking should have been added to Firefight
- Online isn't anything rather new, with only 3 new maps, I don't think it deserves it's own disc

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9/10 Presentation - The story is very deep, and bungie has put in alot of effort into it to make this game great
9/10 Gameplay - Similar to Halo 3, but just that same awesome level, the fun in Halo 3: ODST is fantastic
9/10 Graphics - Although the Halo look is starting to shows its age, bungie did their absolute best to make this game look like the best looking Halo game yet
10/10 Sound - Amazing. Awesome. Magnificant. Fantastic. Words cannot express the awesome of the music in Halo 3: ODST
9.5/10 Lasting Appeal - Firefight will leave you playing for months, along with the Multi-player.

Overall -

9/10

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Chiddaling Reviews - Motorstorm: Arctic Edge - (October 3, 2009)

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Game - Motorstorm: Arctic Edge

Platforms - PSP | PS2

Genre
- Racing | Rally | Off-Road Racing

Release Date
- September 29, 2009 (Canada)

This review will be for the PSP version of the game.

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"Motorstorm: Arctic Edge"
gives you the feel of its older brother's version on the PS3.

This game sucks in a lot of your time, with up over 20 great vehicles, and over 10 twisted tracks. The career mode of this game, I have to say, is surprisingly good. I say this because most of the racers I've played with my experience with the PSP, are rather dull.

For some reason, I feel as if I actually want to play the career mode, unlock some great vehicles and tracks I can play over at the wreckreation mode. Which brings me to my next point.

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The "wreckreation" mode is where you can freely use the vehicles and tracks you've unlocked, or already owned before. There are 3 modes you can play in the wreckreation mode, there is "Time Attack" which i'm sure you guys know what that is, "Free-Play", this mode is where you take your vehicles for a spin and test them out on any track, basically a race. Now there is "Online".

I haven't got the chance to play online, but from videos and seeing other people play. I can tell you, it looks fun. I can only imagine how it's like to compare player stats with friends, share the medals you have earned, and just...battle!

"Festival" is the career/campaign mode in this game. Based on your profile, you have a rank. You start off as rank 1, of course. But the more races you play on rank 1, you will eventually level up to rank 2, of course unlocking medals, achievements, vehicles, etc.

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The higher your level goes, the harder some races can get. I haven't got the chance to see how many ranks there are, because there we're too many levels to go through! I think each rank has about 5-10 races each. (Maybe lower)

The graphics in this game is very good, but not the best. I can tell you, that it actually gives you that feel as if it was Motorstorm on the PS3.

Presentation itself is great, too. The framerate is almost flawless. Even seeing the vehicles crash all over the place, even in front of your own vehicle, it still manages to stay the same for framerate.

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The sound in this game is very similar to the one on the PS3. I'm not sure if there is a soundtrack you can buy, but I really like the songs in this. I'm almost positive I heard Muse playing one time.

Controls feel spot on. Again, very similar to the PS3's controls. What I am liking about this game is that it's not simulation, of course. So you can drive very freely in this game, which makes the controls so good.

What else is there to say? This game is great, fun, and will leave you on the edge for a long time.

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The Good -

- Fun, thrilling career mode
- "Wreckreation" mode is great
- Graphics look almost PS2-like
- Controls are crisp, spot on
- Presentation is very hood, almost no lagging have I experienced

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- While driving, I feel as if its a bit too easy crashing. Which is not a good thing
- Not alot of vehicles, tracks, to choose from

Rating: 8.5/10

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Chiddaling Reviews - District 9 - (Sept. 28, 2009)

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Ok first of all, I know the movie has been out for like...over a month now. But I haven't got the chance to write it on GS! I wrote this review awhile ago, and it's my first! I'm really amateur, I have to work on my grammar, and some punctuation. But I hope it's still good. :]

I also want to know, is there a really popular site where you can write your own reviews on movies. I know RT (Rotten Tomatoes) is one, but all you can do is add text, no pics or anything. I want something...fancy! Please, help me!

Aaaand enjoy.

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District 9

Title - District 9 (2009)

Director - Neill Blomkamp

Genre
- Action | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Release Date - August 14, 2009 (Canada)

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"District 9" is like no other Sci-Fi movie. Combining alien and human aspects. I think this movie packages in a wonderful experience filled with drama and action goodness.

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They came 20 years ago upon Johannesburg City where residents of the city and slums are not pleased. They want the prawns to be moved away from their home and kids. That's where MNU came in.

Wikus Van De Merwe is an employee of MNU, him and his lead team and his lead team are sent to relocate the prawns to another location, where this place will be called "District 9". Now the prawns didn't like the idea of having to be moved. It turns out they've been hiding alien research in which they have worked on for 20 years, and after these 20 years. There research has been set.

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That is all I can tell you guys who haven't seen the movie about the story. The movie presents itself in a very articulate way. It starts with a bang, introducing how the aliens arrived to Earth, from different perspectives.

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What I like the most about this movie is the deep story, the story is amazing. Not alot of Sci-Fi movies have a great story. Neill Blomkamp somehow managed to make an awesome action, sci-fi, thriller, and drama movie all in one magnificent package.

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The Good -

- Story is deep, explained well
- Great CGI effects with low movie production cost
- Alot of first time actors presenting with an outstanding performance
- All-around, very enjoyable movie

The Bad -

- Some parts of the story is left unanswered
- A few shaky-cam parts

Rating - 10/10

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I now changed my banner and sig to a district 9 warning poster I made. I thought it looked amazing after I made it, I just had to put it into my profile

So now,

MNU SPREADS LIES! EVERYONE DESERVES EQUALITY! SUPPORT NON-HUMAN RIGHTS!!

EDIT: BTW, the red alien font on the top right, is actually my name in prawn language 8)

Back from watching District 9

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And oh my, was it ****ing amazing. It had almost everything I wanted in a movie. The effects were so freaking life like, I couldn't even tell if it was CGI. The main character is an amazing actor, he really knows what he is doing. I just freaking loved it. I'm..speachless.

I would give it a 9.5/10. Best film of the year, so far. D9 pwned Star Trek.

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