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.


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