Saturday, August 15, 2009

Review: District 9

When described, District 9 sounds dumb, but was actually a pretty good movie. I recommend seeing it and I agree with Jonah Spangenthal-Lee that District 9 is a "weirdly wonderful subversive science-fiction film.

The plot unwinds through a mix of live-action narration interspersed with cuts from a documentary that made about the events. Perhaps the perspective of the viewer (are we watching the events unfold in real time, or watching some news report after the fact?) is a bit unclear at times. But, overall it works. The 'big message' of the film may seem a bit overwrought, but there are aliens and explosions, and an interesting take on how aliens could be treated. The film isn't really about aliens though. Like the best fiction, it resonates not for what is said about them and then, but about us and now.

1 comment:

  1. I've been waiting for someone to validate my interest in seeing this. Validation achieved.