Monday, March 15, 2010
Amazing, powerful, and painful movie. This is, so far, the only one of this year's Oscar nominated movies I've seen, but I can't imagine any of the others being better than this, or more disturbing. Outside of Johannesburg, in District 9, aliens whose ship broke down have been kept, in scenes deliberately horribly reminiscent of Apartheid, in squalorous and heavily militarized slums. Through the eyes of one of the workers of the contracted "peace-keeping" companies who administrate the goings on and the planned forced relocation of the district, the story goes to the worst places and motivations of humans, and yet manages the almost impossible feat of leaving the viewer with a strand of hope for redemption. Absolutely searing, and very, very hard to watch. Reminded me of Children of Men, the last really good recent movie I've seen.