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District 9

I’m late on a movie review, but here are my thoughts on DISTRICT 9.  Overall I liked the movie, and I found it enormously disturbing.  It really was the banality of evil during the early part of the film.  Ty mentioned that it seemed like old fashioned science fiction, and I know what he means.  Setting a particular ill in an unusual setting to make it more visceral is a standard trope in S.F.  That’s what this movie did — fear of the Other, despising the poor, assuming people who are different are stupid.

I ended up ultimately disappointed in the movie because of the final twenty minutes.  It turned into the typical shoot ‘em up Hollywood ending.  Now granted, the big fighting robot scene was better than anything in the first Transformer movie (I wisely didn’t see the second one).  Better because you could actually see what was going on instead of having the camera focus on a knee cap or belt buckle, but at the end of the day it was just another action sequence.  

They did make some interesting choices that weren’t the usual Hollywood choices which was refreshing.  Overall, it was definitely worth seeing.

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