terrestrial aliens landing in South Africa and being quickly herded into what looks alarmingly like "townships"?
Interesting, yes, but it seems a bit manufactured and manipulative. I'm all for a good symbol, but what is this a symbol of? We clearly must be in the future, as the South Africa we see here seems quite assimi-
lated. Is there something in the South African soil that breeds apartheid? T'would seem so.
Otherwise DISTRICT 9, the sci-fi flick funded by Peter Jackson and directed and co-written by Neill Blomkamp (shown at right) that has opened to rapturous reviews and the cover of Entertainment Weekly is a relatively smart idea housed in a bundle of space-alien/chase-thriller clichés, beginning with the faux newsreel/TV coverage that presents the entire backstory, which is followed by way too many shockingly unbelievable moments. Examples? Just two guys -- our "hero" and his alien pal -- break into the heart of the country's most secret and secure scientific facility and blithely take care of any and all obstacles. And, as usual, the bad guys stop shooting just long enough for the good guys to have their necessary conversations. The government, shock of shocks, is simply using its own citizens, particularly our hero, as fodder for its needs and is, even worse, behind some nefarious medical experiments on our poor aliens. I could continue, but see for yourself (and you surely will -- given those reviews).
District 9 open nationwide today from Sony Pictures/TriStar on over 3,000 screens. If this one's not playing at a nearby theater, you must live... on an alien planet?
which was taken at a recent comic book convention and
borrowed from the IMDB link for the movie-maker.)