District 9 = one hell of a ride!


Ever venture into the movie theatre with no idea exactly what to expect from the featured presentation? Well I did this previous Saturday with my son and daughter who both desired to view “District 9” based primarily on trailers and some internet buzz.  This was one of those rare ‘positive’ surprises–using the word ‘pleasant’ would give the entirely wrong impression–“District 9” from start to finish is not a pleasant viewing experience. What makes it a positive viewing experience is its brutually candid treatment of serious issues in a time when all we get is bs image spin from everyone except independent journalists like Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.  I’m not going to bother recounting information you will find repeated in other sorts of movie reviews or on the IMD.  Why should you pay to see “District 9”? You should see this film masquerading as a science fiction action thriller because it’s a hell of a lot more than its marketing image. It is forthright no holds barred social-political-ethical-economic-global commentary, which pulls no punches  as it takes on racisim, technological advancement at all costs, the failure of journalists to do anything more than cough up government mandated spin, genocide, concentration camps, greed, big brother tactics, moral corruption, –and perhaps the strangest element of HOPE I’ve encountered in the film industry’s products ever.  (If anyone knows of a better one, please do not hesitate to post it once you’ve seen “District 9”–you will understand why.)

So, by all means see “District 9” for some intense, action packed, issue stuffed action and intellectual stimulation. If you go with friends there ought to be no lack of conversation over dinner and libations afterwards.  Or if the hard topics make you uncomfortable go alone–but by all means see “District 9” for the sheer irony of the inescapable reality of Aliens living in the slums of South Africa.


  1. August 26, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    ottobiograghy wrote:

    hey 47whitebuffalo, I remembered you invited me to give an opinion of District 9, so I guess here would be as good a place as any:

    I was skeptical about seeing it – I don’t get excited about explosions and dismemberment and alien wars and cgi and all the cliches of alien movies. But I DO really like a lot of classic scifi and horror lit from the 40s and 50s and earlier. But I want to like more scifi movies. Good scifi shouldn’t require explaining/voiceover to make a credible world, and District 9 was good about that. Compelling, quick-paced, and not insulting to the intelligence with heavy-handed moral opinions. I though the apartheid metaphor was scarily evident, but not literal, which worked. One of the first hollywood style movies that I didn’t get impatient with for a long time. Definitely recommend seeing it if you like well-told more character-driven scifi.

    — it’s so green in here, it’s like eternal spring 🙂

    • August 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm

      Hey OTTO–so glad you dropped by to have your say about “District 9”!
      Yes, I suppose it is really really green in here compared to your white comic boxes.
      “like eternal spring”–thanks, I like that phrase–I’m going to have to put it to ‘work’.

  2. Russell said,

    August 21, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I saw the trailer and can’t wait until it comes out here in the UK at the start of September. Thanks for this tantalising review!

    • August 21, 2009 at 7:50 pm

      Russel, from what I can gather of your ‘intellect’ from your site–I think you’ll find everything I’ve highlighted and possibly MORE to consider in “District 9”–hoping so anyway. Also, I really would like it if you and others shared your thoughts about this film –positive and negative–because, well, there have been other recent movies like “Children of Men” and “V for Vendetta” that have taken on serious ideas and issues–this one seems to be trying to push the envelope as far as it can on several levels. I’m curious as to how many viewers it may actually ‘engage’ as it may have the potential to do. Oh and I so enjoyed the Black Hole Sun audio/video on your site–so unexpected and yet so ‘right’.

      • On the Money said,

        August 21, 2009 at 9:45 pm

        You are a sweetheart. I will do.

        Glad you liked the clip and particularly about it being fitting.

        Keep in touch!


      • August 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm

        Aw, ‘sweet’ me = lol! Hey, you’ve got some interesting thoughts about money and economics on your sites so I will be roaming in again for sure. And if you post something of interest to creative types–please feel free to comment hereabouts with a link so those who might not otherwise venture in such waters, grins.

  3. poeticgrin said,

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    You’ve convinced me. It’s now on my list. 🙂

    • August 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm

      Hey Poetic Muse–do tell if it disappoints or pulls the weight I’ve loaded onto it. Return and dump your thoughts on the ‘good, the bad, and the ugly’–I have faith that you will indeed. grins to you–(oh and did you relish a Vienna Red Hot with the works and fries while in the windy city? hmm? Yeah, I do want to know yay or nay! LOL.)

  4. August 19, 2009 at 6:26 am

    I want to see this … I’ve been thinking it looks a bit like “Alien Nation” as David suggested. I’m not sure I can convince my wife, though, as she doesn’t go for violence and I’ve heard it’s quite violent. I might have to see it on my own …

    • August 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

      Dennis, “District 9” is intensely violent so I would not cajole your wife into seeing it if she doesn’t care for such. I don’t care for violence myself–but sometimes it’s unavoidable. But in this film there is a great deal of it–the film depicts a ‘war-zone’ environment and mentality. So–either find a good bud to take along or go by yourself. I would suggest seeing it with someone so that if you want to discuss all it offers on multiple levels then it will be good to have someone who has seen it to converse with. And there is an element regarding husband and wife relationships that provides an incredible emotional undercurrent in the film that your wife might find interesting. But, I will say–if you can’t handle violent war films do not push the envelope for yourself or anyone else.
      Please, if/when you see the film–share your thoughts about it.

  5. August 19, 2009 at 1:19 am

    It reminded me of ‘Alien Nation’ with James Caan. Although this film was targeted on many issues and not just racism. Good stuff.

    • August 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm

      Hey David, thanks for stopping by and posting. Would very much like to know more of your thoughts about “District 9”—and the “Alien Nation” comparison with James Caan. Really–if you’re so inclined to share more, please do.

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