Aroview: Superb sci-fi blockbuster from first-time writer/director Blomkamp, set in an alternate-reality Johannesburg where an extra-terrestrial race have been forced to live in slum-like conditions by humans who demand segregation.
The director shakes up the allegory with the introduction of Wikus, an aliens-relations officer who finds himself inextricably drawn into the alien's world. Newcomer Sharlto Copley's Wikus is a remarkable, unlikely sci-fi hero who manages to remain sympathetic even while clinging onto his last shreds of bureaucratic ‘morality’, his entirely improvised(!) performance complimented by grimy, faux-documentary camera work which unnervingly evokes newsreels from history class. A Wingnut production, this bears the stamp of producer Peter Jackson's special effects muscle and the spirit of his gloriously schlocky early work.
Average rating (Exceptional). Showing 1-3 of 4 member reviews.
4 stars (Very Good) The apartheid message in the film is just a little too obvious to be deeply meaningful, but the visual effects are unique and spectacular, and the acting keeps the alternate-reality grounded and believable.~Tom H
5 stars (Exceptional) Although it seems to tackle Apartheid on the surface, this clever sci-fi seems more pre-occupied with the issues of immigration and racism in general. Sort of like Moon not actually being about the future issue of helium-3 mining.~dr.strangelove