Sunday, August 23, 2009

District 9

This is a thoroughly enjoyable R rated (for violence and sexual references) scifi/action movie- if you like to see exploding humans, a little torture, a lot of gore, and creepy aliens. Unlike most "alien arrival" films, this one is presented as a documentary- and the aliens are not necessarily armed and dangerous, or brilliant or conniving. They seem more like a slave life form for some higher intelligence. There is pathos, humor, irony and more than a little confusion as to whose side you'd be on. Of course, some reviewers will try to make this into a socially conscious film about racism- I personally think that's a load of bull. I liked watching it for my "it is what it is" philosophy of movie going. The aliens were not especially likeable, but the humans are made out to be worse. I think the aliens were not that great and the humans were being human. You can make of that what you will. Or you can just enjoy it for the inventive premise and well written script. It's up to you.