Sunday, August 16, 2009

District 9

"I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world."

~ Ronald Reagan, 9/21/87

Whatever, cowboy...

I'm pretty sure District 9 is a good illustration of how we humans would treat alien visitors, whether the aliens were a threat to our world or not. We'd isolate them, take their resources and weapons to use as our own, and dissect them like we're in 8th grade biology class.

The movie was a disappointment. The flick can't overcome the cheeky tone set in the first 20 minutes, when we meet and get to know the bumbling protagonist. It's difficult to care for any of the characters, which diminishes the end scene. District 9 just never felt like a serious drama or sci-fi thriller.

Even when it tried.

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