Monday, September 07, 2009

District 9


District 9: did I like it or didn't I?

Let's see: I found the first third of District 9 to be quite engaging and intriguing. I liked the documentary realism, the shaky footage, the interviews, and I felt the premise showed some promise. But somewhere after that, it fell apart when it became a standard action movie.

My disappointment stems from the fact that it aimed so high. Sure, District 9 is an analogy for apartheid and discrimination against refugees, I get that already. But that lesson is lost in a major plot hole -- if the aliens are so advanced, and if they have all these weapons, and if all the elements they need are from their own tech.... You know what I'm getting at.

And no, I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO READ A COMIC BOOK TIE-IN TO GET IT.

All of which makes me feel that the ghetto-ized atmosphere is really just artificial. I don't like it when social commentary is rammed down my throat when I'm watching for entertainment.