Watch: Sigourney Weaver Takes Out Aliens in Neill Blomkamp’s New Post-Apocalyptic Short

Neill Blomkamp's 'Rakka' is gloriously true to form.

Director Neill Blomkamp is known for inventive depictions of extraterrestrial warfare, like in District 9 (2009) and Elysium (2013). True to form, his latest short, Rakka, features a richly textured post-apocalyptic world where humans and otherworldly creatures battle over their entwined fates. And in keeping with sci-fi tradition, the queen of alien ass-kicking, Sigourney Weaver, leads a group of people who have planned a rebellion against the creatures who “came here to exterminate us.”

Rakka does feel somewhat like an extended trailer, and that is by design. The film is the first release from Blomkamp’s new venture, Oats Studios, which is an experimental incubator for feature-length ideas and new storytelling formats. The studio has released the film for free, but asks audiences to support its future work by voluntarily paying for the work in return for some digital assets like scripts, concept art, and 3D models.

Blomkamp told The Verge that Rakka is just the seed of a larger project, whose form is yet unknown. “Rakka feels like it could almost be more of an episodic thing,” he said, “because there's a lot of avenues to explore. The footage is too unconventional and weird [for a mainstream feature], and the audience has to think of the footage as a snapshot of the window of this world.”

More on the Oats model and how it’s “different in almost every way,” according to Blomkamp, in the video below:

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Somebody forgot to check the flash rate of the practical LED torches.

June 15, 2017 at 4:41PM

Jonathon Sendall

Didja ever see a(n alien) head come apart like that? Awesome.

June 16, 2017 at 6:47AM, Edited June 16, 6:47AM

chip brandstetter
Filmmaker, Editor, Animator, Sound Design, Composer

Comeon - Bloomkamp has done his two original ideas doco cam plus aliens and immigration - invasion analogy and now he's just cannibalising the terminator universe but with ponderous voiceover to try and hide the complete lack of imagination.
Go design post apocalyptic games already ...

June 17, 2017 at 1:51AM, Edited June 17, 1:51AM


I agree. And this article is the first time I've ever read anyone describe Elysium as an "inventive depiction of extraterrestrial warfare" - it was awful, followed by the equally awful Chappie.

June 25, 2017 at 4:33AM


I know I don't have as much experience as the professionals who created this short but, is it me or does anyone else feel like the blacks aren't black enough for the mood of this film? Mostly in the interior scenes. It seems like there is too much professional lighting going on. I feel like they want us to see everything that is supposed to be in the dark. Overall, it's a great short.

June 17, 2017 at 1:28PM, Edited June 17, 1:28PM

Dantly Wyatt
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