Neill Blomkamp isn't a name that most moviegoers know yet, but in a matter of days that's going to change dramatically. After an overwhelmingly positive reception at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Blomkamp's directorial debut District 9 arrives in theaters with a wave of critical acclaim (not to mention word of mouth) pushing it towards becoming the possible sleeper hit of the summer. Needless to say, it doesn't hurt that the film was nurtured through production by Peter Jackson, but given the depth and substance of its engaging, thought-provoking sci-fi subject matter, District 9 seems destined to be a place that many people will soon visit.
The film stars newcomer Sharlto Copley as a South African social worker who finds himself caught up in a battle between the alien refugees and the military who plans to relocate them. Cinematical spoke to Blomkamp in the days after Comic-Con to discuss its reception, its conception, and everything in between. In addition to talking about th the film's weighty themes, Blomkamp talked about its many technical challenges, and reflected on what about it seems to strike a chord with moviegoers.
Cinematical: Maybe just to get started you can talk about how you conceived the structure of this, in particular the idea of combining a loosely scripted structure with a lot of improvisation.