‘Experimental cinema’ is making is presence felt this year both in Hollywood and Bollywood. If Indian directors are experimenting with cliché themes of eternal loser and twin brothers in new perspectives and presentation with ‘Dev D’ and ‘Kaminey’; Hollywood Directors are trying to redefine their cliché of various genres. Director Katherine Bigelow broke the mould the way war films were made and showed how the individual fear and chaos plays pivotal role in her career best film- ‘The Hurt Locker’ and now this altogether different but creatively original alien sci-fi film made by debut director Neill Blomkamp. I’m sure it will surely redefine the way new alien films will be made in Hollywood.
D-9 is the place of South Africa where aliens are surviving as refugees from more than two decades. A private company MNU is assigned the task of controlling the aliens. MNU is less interested in alien look after and more interested in their advanced bio-weapon technology unable to operate or fathom by humans. A man got infected by alien, and as he becomes the first human to probe alien weapons, everything is bet on him-the human world as well as non human world.
So what new things does this Hollywood blockbuster offer and how different it is from other run on the mill Hollywood alien obsession? The production of the film is quite low budget one but creatively its far superior than many visually escapist no brainer alien films. Shot and narrated in almost documentary style and assembling almost unknown/new actors, the film is not just CGI show of mind-blowing visual effects but instead quite realistic representation of panic created by these non-humans to the world of humans and vice versa.
The film is gaining momentum right now but I must admit that it truly deserves it and live up to our expectations.