And The Winner Is… WTF, Who’s Sharito Copley?

August 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm 7 comments

In case you missed it, a new (sorta) Sci-Fi film opened this last week here in Movieville.  District 9 is an outstanding creation from Neill Blomkamp, a somewhat new feature film director who comes to us from the world of music videos. This film is one that at first glance you’d think might be just another “Independence Day” or “Alien Mine” kind of diversion, but be aware, D9 is no K9.

Alien in District 9

That first glance would be so wrong, not that there’s anything wrong with the former or anything right to emulate with the latter. And when I say “sorta” Sci-Fi, it’s meant to be in high praise because this one goes so much more deeply into the dissection of humanity (no pun intended here) than any of  your basic ET/UFO/Dinosaur driven cinema.

district-9-warning

The first standout differences you’ll notice are that, with absolutely no offense meant to Mr. Copley who plays an MNU (Multi National Unit, sort of the equivalent of the “Blackwater” group in South Africa) field operative named Wikus van der Merwe, there’s not one actor in this film that you’ve likely ever seen before on any screen, at least not in North America. Nor does it seem that there is any sort of limit to, even after all of these years of years of CGI and Green screen improvements, exactly how many times you’ll say “how the fuck did they do that” in one sitting.

mother ship

Don’t panic Earthlings, we’re not from the NSA

And don’t be so quick to chug that Diabetes friendly mega serving of soda because you can count on sitting through the whole thing, not one person in attendance got up during the nearly two hours including time spent watching the credits roll by looking for even one recognizable name other than executive producer Peter Jackson’s.

Peter_Jackson_holding_an_Oscar

Therefore, count on there being a long line at the restroom when the last credits do fade out. In that credit roll, the list of the visual effect crew alone runs almost 6 screens on my Macbook, people that certainly earned their can of cat food (inside joke that you’ll get when you see the film).

Sharito Copley

I don’t need your damned anal probe, I’m the good guy!

In an award winning way, the above mentioned Mr. Copley at first brings to the screen an early John Cleese, circa Fawlty towers. He manages to morph that comical performance persona into one that Henry Fonda would have been proud of.

Armed District 9 MNU Agent

Yeah, I suppose that it’s a long stretch to imagine a person being able to go through that range in one film, but then I’ve seen it and have no problem with thinking of him that way, just one very long and smooth transformation.

Sharito Copley close up

See it and make a comment with your own “How the fuck did they do that?” count, including that very bizarre eye effect (take another, closer look at that photo above).

Me? I’m waiting for that richly deserved envelope to be handed to Mr Copley.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Veneto  |  August 31, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    What a great, refreshing movie! Love the weird accents and the foreign swearing. Blixum!

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  • 2. Philip Osborne  |  September 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Just saw District 9 here in Vancouver BC and thought it was several step above most sci-fi of recent years, but what really caught my attention was the superb performance of the fine actor, and heretofore unknown to me, Sharito Copley. Where did you find this gem? Comical, tragic, emotional, intense, energetic. His performance was an even more flawlessly executed transformation than the physical changes his character endured in the movie.
    We hope to see more of him.

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  • 3. ado du toit  |  September 25, 2009 at 8:50 am

    When the movie started I felt at first that I would walk out,because it looked like an ordinary documentary that we would see here in SA on a regular basis…this feeling lasted all of 5 mins and then I was hooked.It is the first movie ever where I totally forgot to even eat my popcorn or take a sip of cooldrink.

    Sharito is brilliant and by the end the character and the prawns are part of one’s world forever.This movie of course has special significance for us because of our history here…the rest of the world as well…. where people don’t see the value and significance of others just because they are different/ or “alien”.

    Congratulations to everybody involved in this excellent piece of work and looking forward to more… I too say…….Blixum !!!

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  • 4. malph  |  October 18, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I’m italian, the movie here didn’t had ANY KIND of attention… I discovered this movie searching about reinforced vehicles for troops on Google (°ç°)

    Than, I searched, and finally found it into a streaming website.

    And the movie was AWESOME. It’s not “just” science fiction. It has a lot of links with human attitudes and feelings, and it’s funny to discover how “we” can be true -bastards and nasty- aliens.

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  • […] 1, 2009 As much as I raved about “District 9” a post or two back, I have have no choice but to take a different stance with […]

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  • 6. Twenty-Twelve, 2012, whatever… « Dog Bless Us One And All  |  November 15, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    […] District 9 comes to mind, at least as good but a bit hard to call it better. […]

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  • 7. jonayhan  |  December 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    esta pelicula me parecieo muy emocionante por la maenra como lo hicieron pareciera como si todo seria verdad esta chevere soy de peru pero a qui nisiquera la estrenaron la descubri buscando avatar jejej

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