District 9

Quite a few months late but I finally got to watch District 9, the much talked about, praised and discussed film by director Neill Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson. For those who have not seen it, it’s very realistic shot; a lot of the movie is like a news documentary with some news footage & interviews thrown in. With themes of xenophobia, racism, segregation of sections of society, District 9 is inspired by events that took place in District Six, Cape Town during the apartheid era.

As you may know, a large mother ship approached earth and is stuck hovering over Johannesburgh after a peice of vital equipment drops onto our planet. The arthropod-like aliens are given refuge on Earth and are forced into slum like area called District 9. Humans have racist attitudes towards the aliens and derogatorily refer to them as ‘prawns’.  Sharlto Copely does a fine job as Wikus van der Merve, an MNU employee who is promoted to lead the movement of the aliens to a new area, district 10.

As the movie unfolds, Wikus is exposed to a dark liquid that the aliens use to power their ship. It is also has an adverse effect when some is spilled onto Wikus – it mutates his DNA into that of the ‘prawns’. He is soon treated as a lab experiment, as the MNU scientists discover that Wikus can now operate the alien weapons, which previously no human could do. When they decide to cut him open, Wikus escapes and as a fugitive finds shelter in District 9 and with ‘George’ and his son.

George & Wikus break into MNU and get the liquid fuel. After a tremendous stand off with the soldiers, Wikus let’s George & his son escape into the spaceship. George promises to come back in 3 years and help a mutating Wikus get back to be human again. Soon Wikus’s mutation is complete and he resembles the aliens completely. He makes metal flowers as gifts to his wife who hasn’t set eyes on him since the first signs of mutation. The illegal experiments on the aliens is brought to light and they are successfully moved to District 10.

Will the aliens return? Will they attack? Will George keep his promise and help Wikus? Unanswered questions that this wonderfully acted but dull at times film poses at the end. 8 outta 10.

2 Day Web Hiatus

Hello! I’m back after a forced two day gap from the internet. Why forced? Because there was a problem with the broadband cable that connects to this building and as a result I was disconnected from the net from Thursday morning till this afternoon. I only started using it again this evening as I was out.

Tata Indicom, my ISP, could have fixed the problem earlier though. After I called up their customer care department on Thursday night and registered a complaint with all details given, one of their service engineers calls me on Friday morning and asked me “Sir, we came to know that you have a complaint? What seems to be the problem?” I’m like, moron I have registered all the details. Can’t you look”? but I gritted my teeth and told him the issue. Then he asks what time I would be at home. Again, this was something I told the customer care guy – I leave home at 10 am and I would be back only after 8pm. Then I said that my mother was home, so go ahead and check out what the issue with the connectivity is.

He says that he will call me back and hangs up the phone. I wait but get no response back. At 8:30 pm after I reached back home and checking with my mom to see if anyone had come by, I called up the customer care again and registered another complaint. A little pissed off, I recanted the whole story so far. They registered another complaint. By 12:30 pm some guy comes over, after I have left the apartment to go outside, and fixes the issue. So, two days later, I’m back online.