Sunday, August 30, 2009

Movies seen - District 9.

Not long back from seeing 'District 9'. Went and saw it on my own as no-one else in the family is much into Sci-Fi.

I actually don't think they would have liked it, but it was quite well done. It used a Sci-Fi vehicle to make some social commentary on South Africa's Apartheid past (not so subtly - but effective).

The plot centres on how a ship load of alien refugees are treated by humans, using the corollary of how humans treat 'different' humans as the basis.

It is based on a South African short film called 'Alive in Joburg' which in itself was inspired by the clearing/relocation of District 6 in Capetown in 1966.

The film reportedly cost $30 million to make, and took $37 million on it's first weekend. Not bad. Who said art doesn't pay - that's the sort of return 'Crocodile Dundee' provided.

3.5 out of 5. - Appeals to a specialised audience.

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