Friday, September 11, 2009

District 9

Wow!

OK, this is the very nearly the best film I've seen this year. I'd seen the teasers for this movie for a couple of weeks prior to it's opening day, and decided almost immediately that it was not gonna be worthy of buying a ticket. I'd come to the conclusion that it was going to be some farcical, poorly done piece of satire about aliens and humans just trying to, "Get Along".

I was so very wrong. My movie friend would laugh and tell you, "No surprises there!"

Hey! You laughed far too quickly on that comment, movie friend.

As always, I do hate to do a review and give too much of the movie away, but what I will tell you is that this movie is so good, it should be relegated to your classics list if you collect them.

District 9 is a masterpiece, a unique story wrapped in a real world parallel, with reenacted scenes that actually took place in South Africa during the height of Apartheid. Just in case your reading this and don't recognize the term, I've linked it to Wikipedia, go ahead, click it and educate your self.

For those of you who understand what South African Apartheid was, the depths of depravity that were committed in that time and place against human beings who's greatest crime was the color of their skin, then this movie will bring it all back to you.

If you start to laugh during the ghetto relocation scenes, stop, and realize that this isn't a joke, this sort of thing was actually done to real people. The treatment of the aliens in these scenes is not some outlandish machination or parody of what someone imagined it to have been like as a native South African, this was as close to experiencing what really took place, without having been a participant. I wont lie to you, it's ugly.

This is not for young children, I'd relegate it to adults and young adults, 12 and over but only in the presence of an adult who can follow up with further education on what really took place in South Africa.

So to close, go see District 9, it was totally awesome.

Joe

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