I’ve just watched the film District 9. Its about Aliens who come to Earth, then get put in a camp outside a city in South Africa. It has got pretty good reviews, but I don’t really see why. It uses the somewhat dull documentary style to make it feel ‘real’ . This way of filming is rather worn these days . Still, I suppose that doesn’t make the film uninteresting in itself. What really got it for me is how thuddingly blunt the political analogy is. Its like a huge dull hammer of the analogy world, The Aliens are like immigrants, its line apartheid, but how would we act?? It’s just so obvious, so dull, so predictable.
Wait look, a member of the aggressive alien removal team has been sprayed with some alien substance. Will he turn into one of them? Of course he will. Will he come to emphasize with the old enemy after some quirky exploits? Of course he will. Why? Because that’s the kind of predictable cliché this film is.
Yet, I expect you will have heard good reviews. This is because it has an anti-racist message, so people feel that they support it, dross or not.