District 9

What I found interesting about this movie is it’s structure. It unfolds in a documentary style with a lot of ‘shaky’ footage kind of visuals. Considering that it’s a sci fi action movie, the treatment is interesting.
The theme also puts everything on it’s head. Aliens are here already. They had come in a space ship which now hovers over the city. They were in a very poor condition when they reached here. Malnourished, sick. Currently they live in a secluded colony in Johannesburg in extremely poor conditions. ‘Ethnic conflicts’ frequently arise between humans and aliens, forcing the government to evict the aliens (known as ‘prawns’) to a separate area. This is the general back ground of the story.
Here the highlight is not on the sci-fi/spectacular aspect of it but rather on the human nature- our capability to be greedy, selfish and ruthless.

The great thing about district 9 is that story telling has not been sacrificed for some directorial gimmicks. We care about the protagonist who in this case is a journalist reporting the events in the conflict zone. The story is about his transformation- both psychological and physical.

What I learned from this movie is that experimenting with the narrative need not actually jarr your enjoyment of the movie. It’s still possible to test the limits of the craft without testing the limits of the patience of your audience.


2 thoughts on “District 9

  1. Interesting to read your take on District 9. I watched it last month and found it pretty good too. The only thing which I found bit repugnant was those ugly hands which come out of our protagonist. But then it has to do with my own issues with anything which is even mildly creepy or gross. Besides, I believe it was through such ugliness that director wanted to make his point. The way I saw the movie, apart from it’s technical and storytelling accomplishments, it was about how we humans treat our own earthlings when we are different from each other. I think treatment of ugly, mind you not hostile, aliens was a metaphor for our own treatment of people who are different from us. In the end, protagonist chooses to become an alien than remain a miserable and greedy human. What a slap on our face!
    The chap who made the film- he is all of 29-30- seems like a big fan of David Croneberg. The sci fi was made for mere 30 million dollars, comparatively low budget for a sci fi movie. I’m pretty certain sequel will follow.

    1. I agree regarding the allegorical aspect of it. The demonisation of the ‘other’ has been well etched out. It could be just a way of looking at apartheid, considering the history of racial issues in South Africa.
      And yes, I also think that a sequel is going to follow. Especially after it’s commercial success.

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