"In 2009, Neill Blomkamp made his directorial debut with District 9, a giant special effects film, which also managed to be a clever allegory for apartheid and racism. Completed for $30 million, District 9 managed to perform on a blockbuster level, earning back $109 million in the US market alone. It connected with audiences and critics due to its complex characters, gorgeous effects (which still hold look fantastic), as well as a new style and view point not typically seen in American releases. The movie surprised many, quickly leading to Blomkamp being hailed as one of the “next big directors.”
After Elysium and now Chappie, one wonders: at what point do we begin to rethink that assessment?"