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.