Full District 9 Theatrical Trailer

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As you may know, we’re pretty excited about Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 here at Film Junk, but although the first trailer was extremely impressive, there are clearly still a number of unknowns surrounding this project. Sure, the faux documentary style looks completely convincing and the social allegory is thoughtful, but what is the actual story here? How will it play out? Are we just going to be watching 90 minutes of fake news footage?

Well the full theatrical trailer for District 9 just went online over at Yahoo! today, and it attempts to answer a lot of these questions for us. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say that the latter half of the trailer should convince anyone that this is a must-see movie that rightfully belongs alongside all the other summer blockbusters. The comparisons to Cloverfield are going to run rampant, but I say, bring ‘em on! District 9 hits theatres on August 14th; check out the new trailer after the jump.

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  • Check out this lame post:

    http://themovieblog.com/2009/07/the-michael-bay-district-9-trailer-experiment

    “The point is that if Neill was the “real deal” then showing someone a trailer of Neill’s work with Bay’s name on it would get a reaction of “Wow, Bay is actually doing something I like”

    Instead people are lemmings and they see Bay and assume its trash and mock it, but they see Jackson’s lapdog’s name on it and like the sheep they are they assume its pure genius.

    Amazing that people who thought it was a Bay film were willing to trash it. But the “real deal” made it and even with a fake credit people were not impressed by it.

    I am not impressed at all. Looks amateurish and “film school” looking.”

  • Henrik

    Why do you guys keep wasting your time with the movie blog? Is it a surprise that they still trash Neill Blomkamp? Seriously, get over those fatass religigous jerkoff nutjobs over there, and talk more about how great the trailer looks. Even when they’re not here they succeed in bringing the mood down, I suggest somebody make an anti-themovieblog.com website and you can all go complain there.

    I mean, you’re all free to do what you want of course, but I’m annoyed that people still talk about themovieblog.com as being anything but retarded nonsense not worthy of thinking peoples time.

  • Henrik: You are right. In fact, it’s probably the most sensible thing you’ve said.

    Having said that, Michael Bay is getting his cock handed to him with this trailer. Anybody who can’t tell the difference between what’s going on here and the mess that is Transformers needs to get their head examined.

    It reminds me of an old Tom Green sketch called ‘Undercutters’, in which he would dress up as a pizza guy and follow around another pizza guy as he’s making deliveries. Tom would then try and undercut him by offering a better pizza at a lower price to the customers, resulting in some pretty hilarious reactions.

    Neil Blomkamp has undercut Michael Bay in the most glorious of ways.

  • TriStar is a division of Sony. Sony is the distributer of both the films, but it is not the production company behind either. They were independently financed, and sold their distribution rights to Sony for them to market and distribute. TriStar and Sony Picture Classics are just the labels they are using to market the films under.

    District 9 had the bigger budget (~25-30 million), bigger names attached, and had a bigger FX company behind it, so the general assumption is it would appeal to a wider audience, thus Sony chose to distribute it under the banner of the bigger name of TriStar which people still think is a large production house.

  • Heh, one of Rodney’s posts, and my response to it has been deleted. Probably because I was correcting him on a factual error. How dare I.

  • Rusty James

    Henrik, you literally caught me in the middle of some argument with Campea.

    And the thing is, I know better. I’ve already been banned from there once.

  • “I suggest somebody make an anti-themovieblog.com”

    I call that filmjunk.com. It also goes by the name blog.filmrot.com.

  • Anybody who can’t tell the difference between what’s going on here and the mess that is Transformers needs to get their head examined.

    Just looking through the post regarding this, did John ever ask how many people he showed it too? Sample size is incredibly relevant in polling, as well of a host of other information. Yet the general idea seems to be I showed this to a handful of people (possibly mental incapacitated or brain dead) and the people who were concious liked it, and the ones clinically insane didn’t.

    It doesn’t actually prove anything, except TMB’s blatant bias.

  • Rusty James

    Hey Matt, where did you get that reported budget? I’ve been looking for that.

  • “Just looking through the post regarding this, did John ever ask how many people he showed it too? Sample size is incredibly relevant in polling, as well of a host of other information. Yet the general idea seems to be I showed this to a handful of people (possibly mental incapacitated or brain dead) and the people who were concious liked it, and the ones clinically insane didn’t.”

    I think the whole idea falls apart simply based on the fact that apparently the people shown the trailer have no idea what the major summer blockbusters are, have obviously never heard of District 9, obviously don’t know or don’t care about Michael Bay’s filmography, and can’t put two and two together and realize that Michael Bay is not releasing two blockbuster films in one summer.

    Not exactly the typical movie fans that would give a fuck about who’s directing what.

  • I’ve only found mentions that it was made for under $30 million, no exact figures other then that. Our booker doesn’t even know an exact number. It sounds like they are trying to be pretty tight lipped on the whole thing, perhaps they are worried the public will look down on it if they hear it isn’t a $100 million film?

  • Not exactly the typical movie fans that would give a fuck about who’s directing what.

    Oh I agree. But I can see John just falling back on a “This guy reads TMB, so clearly he knows people who love films” type of strawman argument. Pointing out the flaws in the methodology is a far more difficult thing for him to defend, which is why I’m sure he won’t.

  • “It sounds like they are trying to be pretty tight lipped on the whole thing, perhaps they are worried the public will look down on it if they hear it isn’t a $100 million film?”

    You know something else they don’t want the public to think, that it’s an independent film. So stop saying it is. Sony and Jackson have been in bed on this from day one that’s a far cry from independent:

    http://www.moviesonline.ca/movienews_16865.html

    “The film is scheduled to begin shooting in Spring 2008 in South Africa. Details of the film’s plot are being tightly guarded while pre-production is underway.

    Bill Block says, “Amy Pascal, Michael Lynton and Jeff Blake and the entire team at Sony really understand this film and we couldn’t be more excited to be in business with them. They are completely committed to the unique vision Neill and Peter have for ‘District 9.”

  • Goon

    “I think the whole idea falls apart simply based on the fact that apparently the people shown the trailer have no idea what the major summer blockbusters are, have obviously never heard of District 9, obviously don’t know or don’t care about Michael Bay’s filmography, and can’t put two and two together and realize that Michael Bay is not releasing two blockbuster films in one summer.”

    I’m going to say it: John Campea is LYING and the “experiment” is his own with his own theoretical conclusion. The logic falls apart on its face as you have quoted, and this ‘long time reader’ goes uncited.

    Clear and present bullshit.

    Thats Bee You Double Ell Ess Aych Eye Tee.

  • So maybe Rusty’s line of debate should have been centered around that? He’d have a much weaker defence if he’d been called out on making a story up just to get clicks. I mean, he didn’t even name the “movie webmaster” he got on Skype(!) with to perform this little experiment.

    I used to think he’d crossed into Nancy Grace country, but Rodney planted his flag there a long time ago. John hovers between O’Reillyville and Hannityland. That’s got nothing to do with his politics and everything to do with his boorish behavior and constant need to appear either as right or the victim.

  • You know something else they don’t want the public to think, that it’s an independent film. So stop saying it is. Sony and Jackson have been in bed on this from day one that’s a far cry from independent:

    Fox has been in bed with Lucas for 30 years, that doesn’t change the fact the Star Wars films (outside of A New Hope) are Independent films as well.

    Is District 9 a rare example? Yup. Not many Indie films have that much star power, money and production power behind them. Jackson and Lucas are basically their own institutions. But they still finance the films with their own money, and merely use studios to distribute their films. Sony hasn’t put a dime into the production side of the film, and doesn’t own any rights to the actual film (the same goes for MOON or another similar example would be The Fall) thus claiming the film is a studio film is more then a little ridiculous.

    And funny enough, they probably don’t want people to know it is an Indie film. Their are stigmas attached, especially the idea of a low budget Independent sci-fi action film, that they are right to be concerned about public perception when they are trying to push it as a summer blockbuster.

  • Justice

    hmm…I may be late to the party here, but I was actually much more intrigued by this movie before I saw mechs jumping around and catching rockets. I’m hoping they are over-emphasizing the action aspect for the trailer to draw people in because I would much rather see a thoughtful exposition on borders with actual alien’s as proxies than another Starship Troopers.

  • EyeGod

    Has no-one yet realised that the film will most likely be a blend of the trailer AND the teaser? Jeez, if it’s too much of the trailer, it’s too Bay-ish, if it’s too much of the teaser, it’s too ‘deep.’ Can one never win? And has no one figured out that the themes are: xenophobia (South African apartheid by implication), multi-national corporations and arms deals/manufacturing?

    Give it some time people. Wait for the film to actually RELEASE before judging it. This trailer has EVERYONE talking, and that is a good thing, if not for Blomkamp and Jackson, then for the South African film industry, of which I am a part.

  • I would give this movie 3 stars – it wasn’t very good)

  • I am 70 years old and have been a si-fi fan for at least 55 of those years and can truly say,without any convictions whatsoever, that this is the absolutely worse garbage that I have ever tried to watch. Talk about B grade, this doesn’t even qualify for z grade. A total waste of film,time, and money. It is naturally hyped by jew hollywood but it still stinks like a road kill skunk.