August 20th, 2009
District 9

We went to see District 9 last night. I now understand why Vivi was having a hard time putting her thoughts about the movie down. At its core, District 9 is a movie about intolerance, racism, and Apartheid. The ‘Prawns’ as they’re called in the movie take the place of black South Africans. I admit it was hard to watch some of the scenes that showed how the aliens were existing–not living—existing, especially knowing that those were the conditions people lived in. The aliens were persecuted because of their differences and taken advantage of because of their technology. It was assumed that since they were ‘less than human/didn’t look humanoid’ they were all stupid. If any of the creatures showed intelligence, they were beaten and manipulated into doing whatever the people wanted them to do. Like I said, made it hard to watch at times. Yet, I couldn’t look away.

Another thing that made this film different was there were no ‘good guys’ to root for. The characters were either shades of gray or extremely dark. That said, there were triumphs, depending on your perspective. *g*

District 9 is a smart film–without having to point out the fact that it is a smart film. It’s shot in a documentary style, but avoids the shakey cam so many directors these days employ. It’s a movie that I’m glad I went to see, but I won’t be buying when it comes out on DVD. It’s not the type of film I’d watch repeatedly. And although we thought the film was good, we won’t be going to see it again.

If you are into a thought provoking science fiction film or have always wondered what would happen if a wounded alien ship landed on Earth, then District 9 is for you. I think it’s depiction of the latter is all too real. It’s definitely worth seeing.

11 comments to “District 9”

  1. Thanks for the review, Jordan. Guess I’ll wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it.

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  3. Although I thought it was a brilliant film I won’t be seeing it again in the theatre. I will rent it on DVD though when it eventually comes out. If only for the performance by the main character. I thought he was brilliant. The acting was superb especially when he’s supposedly not an actor but a producer and filmmaker. He’s the director’s best mate.

    It will be interesting to see what happens in 3 years.

    A sad but poignant film.

  4. Delilah, It’s actually worth seeing on the big screen, but it’s definitely disturbing.

  5. Vivi, That’s cool. I did not know that. You’re right, he was fabulous.

    I look forward to seeing what they come up with.

  6. Looking forward to seeing this, although it will probably be on DVD. Sometimes it’s important to be a little disturbed. Injustice should disturb us.

  7. Charli, It definitely has its disturbing moments. I think you’ll like it though.

  8. Thanks for the review, Jordan. I think I’ll skip D9. 🙂

  9. Bernard, It’s a really good film, but it’s definitely not for everyone.

  10. Definitely sounds like an interesting movie. If I can find the right person to go with, I might just go see it. I would definitely want someone to unpack it with after watching it.

  11. Karin, You’ll definitely need someone to discuss it with.