Watch Neill Blomkamp's RAKKA Now!

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Watch Neill Blomkamp's RAKKA Now!

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp drew a whole lot of attention with news of his new independent studio project Oats over the past couple weeks and why not? When the director of one of the most critically acclaimed scifi films of the past decade decides to take control back by controlling the process top to bottom himself and backs up the talk by throwing out a couple of very impressive trailers for his series of experimental short films, you do tend to take notice.

Well, it aint just trailers any more. Today Blomkamp released the first of those new shorts in its entirety. Titled Rakka it pictures a near future world where aliens have arrived and are not at all friendly. And, yep, this is very much the work of the same mind behind District 9. But enough of me talking, the whole thing is below for you to check out. LEt us know what you think!

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rustdogJune 15, 2017 1:07 PM

I love the design of the ring weapons around the buildings.
Where did the budget for these shorts come from?
The allegory is heavy handed, but the cinematography is beautiful, the world is detailed, the character design is interesting, everything we've come to expect from Blomkamp. It's great.

Unflinching_EyeJune 16, 2017 9:06 PM

I'm an unabashed fan of D9 and ELYSIUM (if not CHAPPIE), and I enjoyed this quite a lot. Watched it twice in a row to really absorb all the imagery. The world building visuals and the aliens themselves are indeed amazing. Characters are a bit generic however. One thing: Blomkamp obviously loves his gore, but it's funny that he seems to have a singular fascination with exploding bodies. Bodily explosions were a feature of both D9 and ELYSIUM, and we're seeing it here too. Not a complaint, just an observation.

I've also got to say that as much as I like this, it is a bit too similar to the aesthetic of his previous films. The Oats short that I'm REALLY looking forward too is the one that's teased in the trailers with the deconstructed/invisible man and the vietnam style soldiers. Something fresher.

Wjr.June 22, 2017 9:14 PM

Looking forward to next installment of visually stunning short film!